Chad – ECTN Certificate

With the administrative order (dated January 3, 2013), all goods imported to Chad must have a BESC certificate. The majority of the imports are done through Cameroon and this process does not require a Cameroon BESC certificate.

In 2016, Chad Shippers Council (COC-TCHAD) released a new article (Article n ° 2 of Joint Decree n ° 039 / PR / PM / MID / 2016) for the assignment of the agents for the issuance of Chad BESC certificates. “SCK Representation” became the official agent for Turkey, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Americas.

BESC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau électronique de Suivi de Cargaison‘ which is translated as ‘Electronic Cargo Tracking Note’ (ECTN) in English.

How can you get the BESC Certificate?

The following documents are required for Chad BESC certificate:

  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight invoice (if the freight amount is not mentioned on commercial Invoice)

You should share PDF copies of the documents through to start the certification process. There is no need to send hard copies for issuance of BESC certificates. Please be sure to share final documents which will not have any more amendments later on in the process. A penalty fee will occur for the amendments after validation of the certificates.

How long does it take to get approval?

Once you provide all required documents, a draft of the BESC certificate will be shared with your side. We need your confirmation on the draft and payment. Afterwards, the certificate will be submitted for the approval of Chad authorities. This process usually takes a few days, but a period of a week should be expected in planning.

If your freight is in transit via Cameroon, you do not need to get a Cameroon BESC certificate. Cameroon BESC is only required for importing goods. You only need to issue Chad BESC certificate for your shipment.

Which name should be indicated on the bill of lading as a discharge port?

Douala and Kribi are the main ports of Cameroon and all maritime traffic of Chad is handled by these ports. Doula is an important waypoint for Central African Republic and Chad. If port of discharge is indicated as Douala or Kribi on the bill of lading, you need to check the final destination of the shipment to be sure if it is in transit to these landlocked countries.

What if the exporter ships vehicles (chassises) and they are loaded in containers? How should the certificate be issued?

As per the declaration of Chad authorities, the shipment type should be indicated as container if the vehicles (chassises) are loaded in containers. In this case, container references should be indicated properly on the bill of lading. Otherwise, ECTN certificates should be issued as RO/RO shipment.


The responsibility to get the ECTN/BESC certificate is on the shipper side. Transports without a certificate are penalized and the shipper side will be responsible for the loss.