Somalia – CTN Certificate

CTN (Cargo Tracking Note) also known as ECTN is an electronic cargo tracking system that is mandatory for all shipments destined for more than 24 countries in Africa. The system aims to enhance security and facilitate trade by allowing authorities to track cargo from the point of origin to the final destination. Somalia will require a CTN starting from February 1, 2023.

Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, and Kenya to the southwest. It has a population of around 15 million people. The official language is Somali and the capital and largest city is Mogadishu. The country has a diverse population with a mix of ethnic groups including Somali, Bantu, and Arab.

As of February 1, 2023, all shipments to Somalia must have a CTN, which is a required loading document. Another name for it is an ECTN, BSC, or BESC. Serious repercussions and a substantial fee will result from failing to produce the CTN paperwork. This law mandates that a Loading Certificate known as a CTN – Cargo Tracking Note be used for every cargo that is imported from abroad and transported for commercial, business, and diplomatic or personal purposes.

As of April 29th, 2023, all transactions involving Somalia must include an ECTN Reference Number on the bill of lading. This decision was made by the Somalia government.

The CTN waiver certificate must be obtained from the authorized representative by the shipper or freight forwarder.

Which documents are required for Somalia CTN?

The following documents are required to issue a CTN certificate:

  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial invoice
  • Freight invoice
  • Application form (We can fill this form on your behalf)

All documents should be legibly scanned and sent via e-mail.


Items ECTN Fees
20′ Container $100
40′ Container $150
Vehicles < 5 Tons $100
Vehicles > 5 Tons $150
Bulk Pack $0.84 / WM min $600

Federal Republic of Somalia Ministry of Ports and Marine Transport Official Notice.

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