According to the Act of Ghana, all goods shipped to Ghana’s TEMA, ACCRA, KUMASI, TAKORADI port or transferred to other destinations such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and other destinations via the port from March 1, 2018, Both must apply for the ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate， If there is no application, it will be regarded as an offense against Ghana and will be severely punished at the port of destination.
Many importers importing products from China to Ghana, ignoring this important certificate, resulting in very high additional costs and delays in customs clearance in Ghana.
At Google, there are very few blogs detailing the Ghana ECTN certificate ， The most important thing is that we have summarized in detail the past eight years, we have encountered which the Ghana importers to apply for the ECTN certificate，which the problems and experience are summarized, very Practical guiding significance. Keep reading this article will make great help for the people who want to ship from China to Ghana or import from China to Ghana, find a good supplier in China, is the first step, the second step is to bring your product from China to Ghana safely and steady.
Providing all documents and certificates required for customs clearance in Ghana is the last and most important step about your business from China to Ghana.
Definition: Ghana ECTN (CTN, BESC) Certificate :
So what is the Ghana ECTN (CTN, BESC) Certificate?
ECTN is the abbreviation of English ELECTRONIC CARGO TRACKING NOTE;
CTN is short for English CARGO TRACKING NOTE;
BESC is the abbreviation of French BORDEREAU ELECTRONIQUE DE SUIVI DES CARGAISONS;
ECTN, CTN, and BESC all refer to the same certificate.
Ghana ECTN (CTN, BESC) application process:
How to apply for a Ghana ECTN (CTN, BESC) Certificate when you shipping from China to Ghana?
- The applicant provides the relevant documents, and Bestforworld receives a formal quotation upon receipt;
- The applicant arranges the remittance, and Bestforworld provide the draft certificate after receiving the remittance;
- The applicant confirms the draft and completes the materials;
Note: Once this draft is confirmed, no changes can be made. Please check the ECTN (CTN, BESC) draft carefully.
- Bestforworld pre-validates the certificate and generates an ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate ;
- Once the ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate is generated, please put the ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate on the bill of lading, and please replenish the scanned copy of the original bill of lading as soon as possible;
- Bestforworld issue the original certificate.
Documents to be submitted for Ghana ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate :
1) Bill of Loading draft
* must provide
2) Commercial Invoice Scan of commercial invoice for customs clearance
* must provide
3) Packing List Scanning list of packing list for destination port clearance
* must provide
4) Export Declaration
* must provide
5) Sea Freight Invoice Scanner
* must provide
6) Application Form
* must provide
The “commercial invoice, packing list and sea freight amount” used by the consignee at the port of destination must be the same as the “commercial invoice, packing list and sea freight amount” used in the production of ECTN (CTN, BESC). If it is different, the consignee will not be able to clear the customs at the port of destination.
The original Ghana ECTN (CTN, BESC) original documents need to be supplemented:
1) Bill of Loading Original Scanner
* must provide
The “bill of lading” used by the consignee at customs clearance must be the same as the “bill of lading” used to make ECTN (CTN, BESC). If it is different, the consignee will not be able to clear the customs at the port of destination.
How to use the ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate:
The original ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate is an electronic version and will be sent to the applicant’s email box.
The applicant needs to print out the document or forward the attachment to the destination consignee, freight forwarder or shipping company.
Main ports and cities of Ghana:
TEMA, ACCRA, KUMASI, TAKORADI
We handle shipment from China to TEMA, ACCRA, KUMASI, TAKORADI
Accra is the capital city of Ghana and the largest port city. National political, economic and cultural center. In the southeast border, near the Gulf of Guinea. The largest city
in Africa closest to the 0 ° meridian and 0 ° latitude. The population of 2.29 million (2012). National political, economic and cultural center. Important cocoa beans, diamond market. Highway extending in all directions. Has built its only international airport Kotoka International Airport. Due to shore waves obstacles, cargo handling the main use of the East 27 kilometers at the port of Tema. The famous tourist center. The University of Ghana, the Academy of Sciences, museums, botanical gardens and so on.
Tema is the most famous port when you shipping from China to Ghana.
Tema is located on the southern coast of Ghana (the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Grenada), on the north side of Guinea Bay, about 26km away from the capital ACCRA
Was built in 1967, after the expansion is now the largest man-made seaport in West Africa. The port is the capital’s emerging industrial area, with large-scale smelting factories, steel mills and electrolytic aluminum plants, as well as auto repair, cement, cigarettes, textiles and food industries. The capital city of Accra has international airports, with regular flights to the rest of the world.
The port is a tropical rain forest climate. The annual average temperature is highest in February about 34 ℃, the lowest in August about 15 ℃. The annual average rainfall of about 200Omm.
There are 14 major berths in the harbor area with a coastline of 3600m and a maximum water depth of 10.5m. Loading and unloading equipment, a variety of shore hanging, removable hanging, high-speed conveyor belt, and suction grain machine. Hong Kong has a storage capacity of about 10 million tons, and another cocoa special shed, the storage capacity of up to 60,000 tons. Bagged cocoa beans can be directly sent to the cabin by the conveyor belt. The maximum depth of the anchorage is 18m. 1992 container throughput of 8.3 million TEU, the annual cargo handling capacity of about 500 million tons. The main export goods are cocoa, wood, peanuts, coffee, bauxite, and manganese ore. The main imported goods are crude oil, cement, automobiles, building materials, tractors, and groceries. Cocoa exports accounted for about 67% of total exports, the main trade targets for Switzerland, Britain, Japan, Germany, and Nigeria.
We can handle the Ghana cargo tracking note Certificate when you importing from goods from Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Nanjing to Ghana.
At the same time, it can also handle the Ghana cargo tracking note Certificate for shipping from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia to Ghana.
Ghana cargo tracking note Certificate 8 key regulations ,Bestforworld will keep updating…..
If I ship FCL or LCL from China to Ghana what is the difference to issue the Ghana cargo tracing note certificate？
- )If it is shipping from China to Ghana by FCL or BULK, then the Master bill of lading must be provided and the House bill of lading is not accepted. If it is LCL, then you can accept the House bill of lading.
The bill of lading must state “the name and specific address of the consignor”, “the company name and specific address of the consignee”, “the company name and specific address of the notifier”. when you importing from China to Ghana.
What is the difference if I do FOB or CIF when importing products from China to Ghana ，when issue the Ghana cargo tracking number？
2.)if the transaction method is CIF, then the commercial invoice must list the value of the goods (FOB total amount), sea freight, insurance, CIF total amount; if the transaction method is CFR, then the value must be listed on the commercial invoice (FOB) The total amount), sea freight, and CFR total amount; if the transaction method is FOB, then the sea freight should not appear on the commercial invoice. Commercial invoices can be written in either Commercial Invoice, Final Invoice or Invoice, but not in Proforma Invoice. The commercial invoice must indicate the invoice number, date, “the shipper’s company name and specific address”, “consignee’s company name and specific address”. The value of the goods must comply with the normal market price, and should not be too high or too low, otherwise the foreign country refuses to issue the certificate. Keep in mind when you shipping from China to Ghana.
3.) the packing list must list the quantity, gross weight, net weight, volume, “consignor’s company name and specific address”, “consignee’s company name and specific address”.
- )The export declaration form must be the official customs export goods declaration form of the People’s Republic of China in the official format (the upper left corner is the Chinese Customs national emblem, the upper right corner is the barcode and the QR code). The customs declaration must be true, accurate and credible, and must not be falsified. In Ghana they have set up a team of Chinese to specifically review China’s export declarations.
once you shipping from China to Ghana，some suppliers they do not have the export license ，so you need your own Chinese freight forwarder to “Buy the export title ” for you must also meet the requirements, this is mandatory, no exceptions, not negotiable. In addition, we strongly recommend that all information such as the currency amount of the customs declaration and the commercial invoice remain the same, otherwise, the destination customs may deduct the tax according to the highest number, and may also produce errors.
For example, if the customs declaration is 9000 RMB and the commercial invoice is 2,000 dollars, then the destination port customs may mistakenly deduct the tax according to 9,000 dollars.
How much the shipping cost I should put when issuing the Ghana cargo tracking note.
5.)when importing products from China to Ghana , the sea freight should not be too high or too low, otherwise, it will affect the number of certificates. Regardless of the type of transaction, sea freight invoices must be provided. The currency of the shipping fee must be the same as the commercial invoice, either USD or EUR.
6.)the above documents must be clear and complete, the picture pixels are recommended to be above 1680×2376.
What is the risk for issue the ECTN, before the vessel departure or after the vessel departure? this is the difference for shipping from China to Ghana?
- )Risk of ECTN (CTN, BESC) certificate before the ship is departure: In case of blasting cargo space or in a delay in the schedule, the name of the voyage on the bill of lading will change and will be on board with ECTN (CTN, BESC). The voyage is inconsistent.
Risk of ECTN (CTN, BESC) number after the ship is departure: Although most shipping companies do not change revising fee during the one-week refueling period, still a small number of shipping companies charging the revising documents fee. Is it the choice to issue a number before the vessel departure? Still after the vessel departure? Each applicant is required to do their best according to their ability to resist risks.
8.)the three-party trade (involving the middlemen) must also meet the above requirements, this is mandatory, no exceptions, not negotiable. The commercial invoice must be a commercial invoice for customs clearance at the port of destination, that is, a commercial invoice for the “consignor to the consignee” or “intermediary to the consignee”, and does not accept the “consignor to the intermediary”. commercial invoice.
What Bestforworld can do for your own business from China:
As an international logistics company with a multinational background, integrity is the most important purpose.
Compared to other freight forwarding companies, we are committed to reducing importers, wholesalers, distributors, and online sellers’ logistics costs, increasing customer efficiency, and relying on customer priority development to achieve Bestforworld Logistics’ future.
· EXW/FOB China ports or airports to the destination or your doorstep available
· Customized quotation with a reasonable price.
· Easy process, just fill in a simple form
· Less delay and better control the Shipping from China.