Burundi customs now requires an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) on cargo transported to the country. The ECTN is required for all consignments and must be issued at the Port of Loading (POL).

An ECTN is required for all transit cargo with ports of discharge (POD) in Burundi, either via Dar Es Salaam and must be produced for cargo to clear customs.

Shipping Ports in Burundi

  • ​Bujumbura

To know more about Shipping through the Port Dar Es Salaam to above ports into Burundi - contact us directly

Pre-Shipment Inspection for Burundi

All imports to Burundi require a Declaration of Intention of Import (DII), the inspection must be carried out at the country of origin in order to clear Burundi customs. Pre-shipment Inspections (PSI) are required to ensure all regulated imports comply with approved Burundi Standards, PSI are mandated by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Planning and supervised by the Bureau Burundais de Normalisation (BBN).

Part shipments require a PSI if the total order exceeds minimum values listed below.

Minimum Value for Pre-shipment Inspection:

  • USD5000 – CFR Burundi

  • USD3000 – CFR for chemicals, pharmaceutical products / rags and foodstuffs

Information and documents required for creating an ECTN Certificate

  • ​Bill of Lading (Final B/L for validation) 
  • ​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)
  • ​Export Customs document
  • ​Country of Origin of the goods

Shipping Goods Exempted from Burundi ECTN Certificate

  • ​Goods imported by parcel post
  • ​Meat and edible offals – fresh, chilled or frozen
  • ​Live animals
  • ​Goods financed by foreign aid contracted by the government or the private sector if the direct supplier is a foreign government. In such a case, the Bank of the Republic of Burundi reserves itself the right to require inspection of quality and quantity
  • ​Used household and personal effects
  • ​Fish – fresh (live or dead), chilled or frozen
  • ​Molluscs, crustaceans and shellfish – fresh (live or dead), chilled, frozen
  • ​Supplies to diplomatic and consular missions and supplies to international agencies dependent on the United Nations Organization or international, regional or sub-regional organizations imported into Burundi for their own use
  • ​Edible fruits
  • ​Vegetables
  • ​Bird’s eggs
  • ​Precious metals and stones
  • ​Explosives and pyrotechnic materials
  • ​Printed newspapers and periodicals, whether or not illustrated
  • ​Scrap metal
  • ​Fuel
  • ​Ammunition, arms and war equipment destined for the Army
  • ​Objects of art and antiques

Shipping Goods Exempted from Burundi ECTN Certificate

  • Pornographic materials
  • Narcotics

Restrictive Goods Shipping to Burundi


Charges for Burundi ECTN Certificate

For creating a ECTN certificate for Burundi 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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