ECTN - Burkina Faso

Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

All shipments/ cargo with the destination Burkina Faso (via a foreign port of discharge), should be accompanied by an ECTN application. Once the ECTN has been granted, the ECTN will receive a Unique Registration Number or URN number. This number should be endorsed on the Bill of Lading and is required by the Burkinabese Shippers Council (CBC).

The CBC application is an application that allows the forwarders in the country of origin to apply for an ECTN/ URN.

ECTN - Burkina Faso
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  1. The ECTN should be obtained within 5 consecutive days after vessel's departure.
  2. The ECTN is to be completed fully and in conformance in order to have the visa granted. This will include having all relevant documentation attached to the ECTN.
  3. Corrections are permitted on ECTN documents. Please consult the Agent for correction costs.


  Brief Overview of Procedure:

  1. *New users are required to register for login details.
  2. *User provides VAT number - if applicable.
  3. User then organises a shipment destined to Burkina Faso.
  4. Users logon to to access document for editing (Blank ECTN).
  5. User completes the ECTN application and attaches relevant documentation.
  6. Check or purchase visa points. Users need to have enough visa points in their account or will need to purchase visa points in order to proceed further with the application (Request Visa).
  7. User then 'requests visa' from the Agent.
  8. Agent then checks the ECTN.
    • If the ECTN is in conformance, Agent will grant the visa.
    • If the ECTN is not in conformance, Agent will temporarily refuse the visa in order to allow users to amend the ECTN. After correction ECTN is then resubmitted / requested.
  9. Once the ECTN is within policy the Agent will Grant the Visa
  10. Users can then print off their valid ECTN (Specimen) reflecting URN number.
  11. It is each user's responsibility to ensure all infomation is correct prior to granting of the ECTN.

To have a copy of the user manual E-mailed to you, or for more information, kindly contact the Agent. Please see details below

Contact person: Jemma Eagar / Robyn Kinnear Email: /
Tel: + 27 21 527 9260  
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