Guinea Bissau ECTN / CEE Certificate

Gine Bissau Bayrağı

Gine Bissau Bayrağı

ECTN certificates (CEE – Certificado Eletronico De Embarque) can be obtained from SCK Representation for the freights heading towards Guinea-Bissau. If the goods are carried by sea, the ECTN (CEE) regulations for the host country of the port should also be reviewed to avoid delays and penalties at the destination. 

According to the circular dated 08/08/2011, Guinea Bissau Shippers’ Council  (Conselho Nacional De Carregadores – Guinea Bissau / CNC-GB) mandated authorized agents to issue ECTN (CEE) certificates.

CEE is a Portuguese shortening of ‘Certificado Eletronico De Embarque‘ which is translated as ‘Electronic Cargo Tracking Note’ (ECTN) in English.

How can you get the ECTN (CEE) Certificate?

The following documents are required for Guinea-Bissau ECTN (CEE) certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be done with a draft copy. Original will be needed for validation)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice  (it is not necessary if the freight value  is indicated on commercial invoice)
  • Customs Declaration

You should share PDF copies of the documents through to start the certification process. There is no need to send hard copies for the 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 the validation of the certificates.

How long does it take to receive a validated copy of the ECTN (CEE) certificate?


The process normally takes around a week as the regulation applied by Guinea-Bissau authorities is so strict. The documents that are supplied have to be coherent to have the final certificate validated.


ECTN (CEE) number will be created after “Pre-validation”. Any change in information and documentation after “Pre-validation” will result in a penalty fee.

What happens if the certificate cannot be validated within five days after receiving the ECTN (CEE) reference?

You have 5 days after receiving ECTN (CEE) reference to forward original BL with place and date of issue, shipped on board date mentioned on, signed and stamped.

Otherwise, the certificate will be cancelled automatically by the system and there will be a penalty fee to recover the certificate.

Can an export declaration be used for multiple shipments?

You can present the same declaration only if all the applications and submissions will be completed at the same time. Otherwise, there is no probability to receive the validated copy.

Is it possible to complete the process if there is a mismatch on shipment documents?

All the details on documents have to be the same to get a validated copy of the certificate. Otherwise, the certificate will be rejected after pre-validation and you will be asked to revise documents to receive the certificate. There will be no refund until you supply coherent documents. Plus, there will be a penalty fee to upload new documents.

Can I have the validation if the final destination mentioned on the export declaration is changed from another destination to Guinea-Bissau?

Authorities’ confirmation is required if the destination of the shipment is changed after the departure of the vessel. Their approach to the issue is generally positive as this is a special case. All other details including package amount, weight etc. on the document should remain the same as the previous one.



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


This page is for your information only, and the procedure may change according to your loading details. Controls are conducted according to the effective regulations of that time.