People’s Republic of the Congo


An ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) certificate and Cotecna Inspection are required for all shipments going to People's Republic of the Congo

Shipping Ports in People's Republic of the Congo

  • ​Pointe Noire

Pre-Shipment Inspection for PR Congo

All imports to Congo require Pre-Shipment Inspections (PSI) – Déclaration d’Importation (DI). Pre-Shipment Inspection is mandated by he Ministère de l’Economie, des Finances et du Budget Decree No. 008/19/AO/PR – DCMCE dated 12/04/99.

PSI is managed by COTECNA Inspection S.A. [Decree No. 99-167 of 23 August 1999]

Minimum Value for PSI XAF 1,000,000 FOB

Information and documents required for creating an ECTN Certificate

  • ​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)
  • ​GUOT (Guichet Unique des Opérations Transfrontaliers) document / provided by importer
  • ​Phone number and email address of consignee
  • ​ETS & ETA
  • ​H.S. code 

Shipping Goods Exempted from PR Congo ECTN Certificate

  • ​Objects of art, precious stones, gold and other precious metals
  • ​Used personal and household effects, including one used car
  • ​Imports with a FOB value below 3,000,000 XAF
  • ​Personal Gifts
  • ​Current newspapers and periodicals, postal or fiscal stamps, stamped paper, bankotes and chequebooks
  • ​Weapons and related ammunition other than for sport and hunting purposes
  • ​Bona fide gifts to the Government and imports for diplomatic entities and for United Nations organisation for their own use in Congo
  • ​Non-commercial parcel post and commercial samples
  • ​ Crude oil and refined product
  • ​Cinematographic film exposed and developed
  • ​Plants and flowers
  • ​Live animals
  • ​Perishable goods for human consumption, neither frozen or deep-frozen (such as fish, meat, vegetables and fruit)
  • ​Explosives and pyrotechnic products
  • ​Medicinal products
  • ​Scrap metal
  • Goods imported by Free-shops and intended for export-sales

Prohibited Goods for Import to PR Congo

  • Meat with high content of fat

  • Chicken legs
  • Turkey rumps
  • Old frozen meat or fish
  • Skimmed and peeled chops
  • Eggs transported in non-refrigerated containers (reefer containers)

Restrictive Goods Shipping to PR Congo

  • Hen (poultry )

  • Meat and offal
  • Sea fish
  • Flour
  • Concentrated tomato
  • Oil
  • Rice
  • Salted Fish
  • Sardines and Tinned Food
  • Cooking Salt
  • Insecticides
  • Radioactive source

Charges for PR Congo ECTN Certificate

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

Additional Information about the ECTN Certificate

It is not possible to create an ECTN number for PR Congo on forehand. The ECTN number will be provided after validation of the ECTN. For Congo it is not mandatory to mention an ECTN number on the Master Bill of Lading.

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