Starting November 1st, 2023, all shipments to Ghana, including those in transit, are required to obtain the mandatory Electronic Cargo Tracking Number/Smart port Note (ECTN/SPN) from the ports of loading. Any cargo without a valid ECTN may get substantial fines.


Please note that due to recent conflicting information about the Ghana ECTN/SPN certificate, it is essential to confirm with your importer or customs agent in Ghana whether this certificate is required for your shipment. Be aware that fees for the ECTN certificate process are non-refundable once initiated. We are not responsible for any issues arising after the pre-validation stage of the certificate.

Ghana CTNGhana is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by the Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The capital and largest city is Accra. The official language is English, and the population is around 31 million. Ghana has a diverse culture with influences from the indigenous tribes, European colonizers, and the African diaspora.

What is ECTN?

An ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) Certificate is a mandatory document required by certain African countries for the import of goods. This certificate provides information about the cargo, its origin, destination, and details about the shipper and consignee. Essentially, the ECTN facilitates cargo tracking, ensuring that all imports are documented, and assists customs authorities in anticipating cargo arrival, improving logistical planning, and collecting accurate import duties.

Official Notice Regarding The ECTN From The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP)


  • Each Bill of Lading must be covered by one ECTN/SPN.
  • Shipping lines must insert the unique ECTN/SPN number in the Bil of Lading and Cargo Manifest.
  • Any cargo without a valid ECTN/SPN will not be cleared through the local Customs until clearance of fines and presentation of a valid ECTN/SPN is done.

How can you get Ghana ECTN?

To issue the ECTN certificate for Ghana, we need you to forward the below documents.

  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Export declaration

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