Somalia – CTN Certificate

The CTN (Cargo Tracking Note), also referred to as ECTN, is a crucial electronic cargo tracking system enforced for all shipments heading to over 24 African countries. This system is designed to bolster security and streamline trade, enabling authorities to monitor cargo from its origin to its final destination. Notably, starting February 1, 2023, Somalia will join the list of countries requiring a CTN for incoming shipments.

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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.

Effective February 1, 2023, Somalia mandates a CTN (Cargo Tracking Note) for all incoming shipments, a crucial document for loading. Known alternatively as an ECTN, BSC, or BESC, the absence of this paperwork can lead to severe penalties and significant fees. This regulation applies to every type of cargo imported for commercial, business, diplomatic, or personal use, ensuring all shipments are accompanied by a CTN to facilitate monitoring and compliance.

Starting April 29th, 2023, the Somalia government requires that all transactions involving Somalia include an ECTN Reference Number on the bill of lading. This measure ensures enhanced tracking and compliance for goods entering the country.

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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