Shippers, exporters, forwarders, shipping lines, agents and all parties involved in the trade with Kenya.
We would like to inform you that the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA) is implementing an ECTN in Kenya as from March 18th 2016 for a trial period till May 31st 2016 in order to study the feasibility of the ECTN in a live operating environment in the Kenyan context.
By the end of this trial period the SCEA will evaluate its effectiveness in order to decide on a permanent implementation of the ECTN in Kenya (and possible other countries in the sub-region).
The SCEA has appointed Antaser Afrique BVBA as its partner to pilot the ECTN system in Kenya.
During this trial period, the ECTN will be free of charge (an admin fee will apply if you would like us to issue the ECTN on your behalf) before implementing the ECTN permanently as from June 1st, corresponding charges will be defined.
For all shipments to and from Kenya (all cargo in transit included), the shipper or his forwarder are required to issue an ECTN. Each Bill of Lading must be covered by an ECTN and its unique number needs to be inserted in the Bill of Lading and Cargo Manifest.
Kenya is now in addition to Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Chad, Burundi, Togo, Libya and Central Africa Republic for which you have to provide ECTN.
Cargoes not covered by a valid ECTN will not be cleared through the local customs until presentation of the final ECTN and appropriate fines will be charged.
When applying for an ECTN for Kenya we require the following documents for completion of the ECTN;
· Bill of Lading
· NES Export Customs Document
· Goods Invoice (commercial invoice)
All above documents will be attached in the form of a PDF to each and every ECTN.
In order to complete the ECTN successfully, we require the following information if not stated on the above documentation;
1. Freight charges
We will then advise you of the charges, once payment is received in the form of cleared funds, we will complete the ECTN on the Global System and forward a copy for your approval. No originals will be couriered or posted, all destination authorities and customs will have access to all ECTN’s issued and will carry out online controls for all consignments and vessels entering the relevant ports.
The validated ECTN number will be generated, any amendments after validation will incur additional charges.
All business is carried out under the current BIFA standard trading terms and conditions which are available upon request.