In 2018, we have seen a heavy increase on operations
involving Western African countries. In this sense, it’s been
already noted that our workforce in the northern regions have
been lacking the operational knowledge needed.
The goal of this file is to quickly summarize the situation, the
operation and the things to consider when such an occasion
rises, DHL operatives can easily and swiftly execute the
needed operational fileworks that is being expected of them.
There are some terminological lingo that some operatives may
not heard before due to maritime shipping inexperience or
being in the mainland operations.
Three critical terminology the operatives must know are
- Cargo Tracking Note / ECTN
By extension, demurrage refers
to the charges that the charterer
pays to the ship owner for its
delayed operations of
Officially,demurrage is a form of
liquidated damages for breaching
the laytime as it is stated in the
governing contract (the charter
CTN / BESC / BSC
CTN is an abbravation for Cargo Tracking Note and it’s several different
abrevations for different languages and countries, including BSC, BESC, ECTN
etc. and passes for a waiver.
It’s compulsory to obtain CTN (Cargo Tracking Note) certificate for all maritime
exports to the country. This requirement applies to transit loads.
Following countries need these documents for exportation:
● Angola –Benin – Burkina Faso – Burundi – Chad
● Cameroon – Central African Republic – Congo
● Côte d’Ivoire – Guinea – Guinea-Bissau
● Mali – Niger – Nigeria – Senegal – Togo
THINGS TO CONSIDER...
● Each country has it’s own requirements to obtain a CTN.
● Examine the operational guides / official sites to note
down these documents and ask the client for these
● A draft can be obtained before the official document
comes through. Many port authorities accept the draft
since they , too, know that the official certificate can take
some time if you are in a hurry.
● Always follow the internal procedures before starting the
CTN obtainment process.
WHERE TO GET...
CTN/BESC/ECTN certificates can be obtained through our liaisons.
You will need the following in order to start the process:
1. Commercial Invoice
2. Original Bill of Lading document or draft copy
3. Export Customs Document
4. Country of Origin
Be sure to check with our partners’ site if the documents you have are in deed