An ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) certificate is required for all shipments going to Burkina Faso.

An ECTN is required for all transit cargo with ports of discharge (POD) in Burkina Faso, this includes: Abidjan, Lome, Cotonou and Tema and must be produced for cargo to clear customs.

Shipping Ports in BURKINA FASO

  • ​Bobo Dialasso
  • ​Ouagadougou

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Pre-Shipment Inspection for Burkina Faso

Not Required

Information and documents required for creating an ECTN

  • ​Bill of Lading (Draft B/L is allowed) 
  • ​Commercial invoice / currency must be mentioned in USD or EURO
  • ​Freight invoice in the same currency (not needed in case the freight charges are mentioned on the commercial invoice)
  • ​Phone number and email address of consignee
  • ​ETS & ETA
  • ​Transshipment information from transshipment port
  • ​H.S. code 

Additional Information 

  • ECTN / Bordereau de Suiv de Cargaison (BSC) reference number must be indicated clearly on the bill of lading and on the cargo manifest.
  • If this reference number is missing cargo will be liable to a penalty fine at its destination.
  • Failing to input correct details may lead to the decline of the application e.g. type of cargo / cargo value.
  • Documents must be supplied by the shipping prior to the vessel’s arrival at the port of discharge (POD).
  • Documents must be sent to Burkina Shippers Council / agent at latest, 5 working days after the departure of the vessel.

Shipping Goods Exempted from Burkina Faso ECTN Certificate

  • ​Plants and flowers
  • ​Live Animals
  • ​Objects of art, precious stones, gold and other precious metals
  • ​Crude oil
  • ​Exposed and developed cinematographic film
  • ​Imports with a FOB value below 3,000,000 XOF
  • ​Scrap metal
  • ​Medicine without tariff code: 3002, 3005 & 3006
  • ​Medical equipment (HSC 9022)
  • ​Condoms imported by PROMACO
  • ​Explosives and pyrotechnic products
  • ​Personal gifts
  • ​Perishable goods for human consumption neither frozen or deep frozen (e.g. fish, meat, fruit and vegetables)
  • ​Used vehicles
  • ​Bona fide gifts to the Government and imports for diplomatic entities and for United Nations organisations for their own use in Burkina Faso
  • ​Weapons and related ammunition other than for hunting and sport purposes
  • ​Current newspapers and periodicals, postal or fiscal stamps, stamped papers, banknotes and chequebooks
  • ​Fertilizers
  • ​Used personal and household effects
  • ​Non-commercial parcel post and commercial samples
  • ​Hydrocarbons
  • ​Cereals
  • ​Wheaten flour (Wheat)
  • ​Asphalt
  • ​Iron intended for industrial purposes
  • ​Hydraulic cement and Clinker
  • ​Books (HSC 4901)
  • ​Construction machinery, drilling and mining (HSC 8429 & 8430) imported by mining companies for their own activities
  • ​The products subject to minimum values which list will be communicated by ministerial decision

Prohibited Goods for Import to Burkina Faso 

  • Beef and veal meats and its derivatives, coming from Belgium, France, Ireland, Portugal, Holland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland

  • Bones, bone meal, meat meal and any other substance derived from an animal carcass for purposes of feeding or manufacturing any animal foodstuffs and any animal foodstuffs or mineral supplements for feeding ruminant derived there from
  • Any foodstuffs containing a product derived from these prohibited species (ox, porcine, fish)
  • Poultry, porcine, breeding fish or Belgian origin
  • Semen, embryos and reproducer coming from Belgium, France, Ireland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Switzerland

Restrictive Goods shipping to Burkina Faso 

  • Salt for human consumption must be iodized

  • Sugar, subject to special authorization 
  • Medicines, subject to visa on final invoice by Ministry of Health before clearance of goods
  • Tobacco, limited list of authorized importers valid for one year
  • Explosives, arms, ammunition and military effects, subject to special authorization
  • Product requiring minimum of 1000 tons to be imported: sugar, rice, wheat flour. This rule only applies when the concerned goods are imported along (e.g. only one type of good is declared on the Inspection Order)
  • Electrical batteries are subject to quality specifications
  • Rice is subject to quality specifications

Charges to Burkina Faso ECTN Certificate 

For creating a ECTN certificate for Burkina Faso different rates are applicable. This depends on the Port of Loading and type of shipment, like LCL,  FCL,  Breakbulk or RORO.

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