Gabon BIETC Certificate
Are you looking to import goods into Gabon? If so, obtaining a BIETC certificate is a necessary step in the process. The Gabon government and the Conseil Gabonais des Chargeurs (CGC) require all imports to have a BIETC certificate. Failure to obtain this certificate can result in heavy penalties and delays in clearing customs. SCK Representation can help you get your BIETC certificate quickly and efficiently. Provide us with the required documents or fill out the form yourself, and we will handle the rest. The BIETC certification process typically takes a few days, but it is essential to allow a week for planning. Don’t let mismatched documents or missed deadlines hold up your shipment – trust SCK Representation to handle your Gabon BIETC certification needs.
Gabon is a country located in Central Africa. It is bordered by Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north, the Republic of the Congo to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital and largest city is Libreville, and the official language is French. The population is around 2 million. Gabon has a diverse culture with influences from the indigenous tribes, European colonizers, and the African diaspora.
You must have a validated certificate on time to make your shipment worth the actual price. If you hesitate to obtain the certificate and do not apply, then it is inevitable that you and your customer will face heavy penalties to clear the goods from customs which may reach up to the worth of the goods exported.
How can you get the Gabon BIETC Certificate?
The following documents are required for Gabon BIETC Certificate
- Bill of Lading (Application can be made with a draft copy. Original will be needed for validation)
- Commercial Invoice
- Freight Invoice (it is not necessary if the Commercial Invoice includes the freight value)
- Custom Declaration
To start the certification process, you should share PDF copies of the documents through [email protected]. There is no need to send hard copies for the issuance of BIETC certificates. Please be sure to share the final documents, which will not have any more amendments later on in the process.
The shipper should make the application for the BIETC certificate before shipment. The shipping line must be informed with the BIETC number to indicate it on the bill of lading.
CGC Cargo Tracking
There is a validation deadline for Gabon BIETC certificates depending on the departure country. Details are indicated below.
- Shipments from African countries, 5 days, including the vessel departure date.
- Shipments from European countries, 10 days, including the vessel departure date.
- Shipments from American and Asian countries, 15 days, including the vessel departure date.
BIETC certificate must be validated within the deadline. There will be a penalty of 100% of the freight manifest if the export is completed without a validated certificate.
How long does it take to get approval?
Our team should be informed as soon as the shipment details are clear to let them release the Invoice. The payment must be completed in advance for the release of the BIETC reference. The certificate will be reserved for shipment. Once all required documents are provided, a draft of the BIETC certificate will be shared with the applicant. First, our team needs confirmation on the draft and original bill of lading copy. Afterwards, the certificate will be submitted for the approval of the Gabon CGC authorities. This process usually takes a few days, but a week should be expected in planning.
Can the process be completed if there is a mismatch in shipment documents?
All the documents’ details must be the same to get a validated copy of the certificate. Otherwise, the certificate will be rejected by the authorities, and you will be asked to revise documents to receive a validated copy. There will not be validation until you supply coherent documents. In between, you also need to provide them before the validation deadline.
Can I use the same BIETC number for various shipments?
No, BIETC is unique and limited to a single shipment. Every cargo needs its own BIETC number that has been verified.
The responsibility to get the BIETC certificate is on the shipper’s side. Transports without a certificate are penalized, and the shipper will be responsible for the loss.
This page is for your information only; the procedure may change according to your loading details. Controls are conducted according to the effective regulations of that time.