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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. WHAT DOES A SHIPPER MEAN?

A shipper is any official body or legal entity (owner of goods or not) who enters into a contract of carriage and most often entrusts the carrier with goods.

 

2. WHAT DOES ECTN MEAN?

ECTN: Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

 

3. WHAT IS THIS NOTE FOR?

This note is a modern tool aiming at checking and managing sea trade. It gives useful information about goods flows.

It also gives precise information about the shipping costs, the follow-up of goods from the loading port to the unloading port without interfering with the selection of the ship, about the strengthening of customs control and about the acquisition of reliable statistics on the shipping sector in real time.

4. WHO CARRIES OUT THIS FORMALITY?

As organizers of the cargo shipping, freight forwarders/shippers and economic operators are required to create notes and to validate them whatever the final destination.

Providing the last documentation (invoice, bill of lading for marine travel, export declaration, etc.) is their responsibility too.

 

5. WHICH KIND OF INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN A NOTE?

A note includes the following information:

  • Vessel and ship-owner’s name;
  • Goods description;
  • Country of goods origin;
  • Country of goods destination;
  • The loading port;
  • The unloading port;
  • Consigner’s name and address;
  • Consignee’s name and address;
  • Cubic capacity/weight of goods;
  • Units charges;
  • Freight charges ;
  • The Estimated Time of Departure / Arrival (ETD/ETA)
  • The Bill of lading number;

 

6. WHERE CAN YOU APPLY FOR AN ECTN AND A CTN?

For an ECTN it is online (http://bietc.cgcworld.com).

You apply for a ECTN with the Representation of the Gabonese Shippers’ Council (GSC) in Europe and the Americas and its Mandatories.

The network of Authorized Representatives or Mandatories includes:

General Mandatories and their jurisdictions:

  • AFRICAN DESK (Belgium): Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg);
  • FRABEMAR (Italy): Southern and Eastern Europe;
  • TRANSINTRA (Canada): the Americas;
  • FRANCO SHIPPING (Dubai): the Near East, the Middle East and the Far East;
  • PROTEUS (Luxembourg): Europe, Asia, Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean.

In France

  • UNION PORTUAIRE ROUENNAISE (U.P.R) ;
  • SYNDICAT DES TRANSITAIRES DU PORT DU HAVRE (S.H.T);

 

7. WHAT IS A SUPPLEMENTARY UNIT?

Supplementary units are additional charges related to the number of container and liquid/solid bulk cargo on an ECTN.

 

8. HOW MANY CONTAINERS ARE REQUIRED ON AN ECTN?

  • 5 containers at most per ECTN
  • 5 containers at most per CTN

 

9. HOW DO YOU COMPLETE THE ECTN?

You will find all the instructions in the ECTN user’s guide: http://bietc.cgcworld.com/

 

10. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IF MY CONSIGNMENT IS SHIPPED WITHOUT A VISA?

You have to contact the Gabonese Shippers’ Council in Libreville if an unauthorized consignment is shipped.

 

Conseil Gabonais des Chargeurs (headquarters)
Immeuble GABON 2000
Boulevard de l'Indépendance
B.P. 1163
Libreville - GABON
Tel: (+241) 72 36 50
Fax: (+241) 74 66 55
www.cgcworld.com

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