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Libya ECTN Number and Certificate

Libya Bayrağı

Libya Bayrağı

Starting on 01/01/2021, all freights heading towards Libya require getting an ECTN. You can get your ECTN number and certificate from SCK Representation.

An electronic tracking number (ECTN) must be obtained for Libyan customs

The Libyan Customs Authority on behalf of the Libyan Ministry of Finance informs all importers, exporters, shipowners, carriers, shipping agents, customs agents, and everyone who uses Libyan ports that the electronic information system ECTN will be officially launched at 1st  of January 2021.

(The Libyan Customs Authority and its technical partner SCK Representation Foreign Trade Company)

The Libyan Customs Authority announces that all products that will be unloaded in Libyan ports require the extraction of ECTN document, and SCK Representation Foreign Trade company will collect and enter data on the platform and approve the information. SCK Representation is authorized to provide you with a valid ECTN.

About ECTN system

  • Importers must obtain an ECTN from an authorized agent to unload any cargo at Libyan ports.

  • The ECTN document must be taken from the port of loading.

  • The goods without an ECTN will not be loaded onto the vessel.

  • The ECTN must be written on the bill of lading.

  • Shipments without ECTN documents are prohibited from entering Libyan ports.

Requirements to obtain an electronic tracking document ECTN

  1. Bill of lading.

  2. Customs Declaration.

  3. A commercial invoice, certified by the Chamber of Commerce by exporter.

  4. The certificate of origin, certified by the Chamber of Commerce by exporter.

  5. Weight certificate for merchandise priced on the basis of weight (VGM)

  6. Export declaration for all goods.

  7. Automotive data, in terms of the date of manufacture chassis number and weight.

  8. Inclusion of the customs tariff clause.

  9. Statistical code of the Libyan companies.
    Customs Department.

How long does it take to get the ECTN number?

We conduct all the approvals in our Istanbul office. The approval process, depending on the number of active requests, takes 1-2 hours upon the completion of payment and required documents. However because there are more documents required for ECTN compared to other countries and the transit period to Libya is short, ECTN applications should be made shortly.

The Libyan Ministry of Finance and the Customs Department has appointed SCK Representation to manage its Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes (ECTN) platform.

This will allow Libya’s ministry of finance to:

  • Access detailed coverage and live data of the nature of the goods entering Libya’s ports,
  • Access to data declared at the origin to certify cargo/freight values declared during the import procedure;
  • Have steady and reliable income from outside of country
  • Predict cargoes flux for harbour operation optimisation;