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ETCN obligated for Libya

As of October 1st,

Libyan authorities obligate an ECTN for all shipments with destination Libya.

The ECTN is applicable to FCL, LCL, break bulk and ro/ro cargo going to all ports in Libya.


These waiver certificates (also known as ECTN – Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) are required by certain African countries to effectively control, supervise and manage import / export traffic to the country. Waiver documents have full details of the exporter/ importer, shipping method (containerised, groupage etc), type and value of goods being transported, name of vessel and cost of freight for the shipment. These waivers are dealt with by the importer or exporter and must be filed before the cargo arrives at its port of discharge.


By signing the contract with Antaser International Group, the Minister of Finance and the director of Customs of the State of Libya assigned the issuance and management of the ECTN for Libya to the Antaser International Group.

For all shipments to and from Libya (all cargo in transit included), the shipper or his forwarder are required to issue an ECTN in the port of loading and submit it to Antaser for validation.
Each Bill of Lading must be covered by at least one ECTN and its unique number needs to be inserted in the Bill of Lading and Cargo Manifest under penalty of fines for the shipping line.


The ECTN must be issued and validated at the loading port and are elemental for the import custom clearance upon arrival.
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.


This new regulation takes effect as from October 1st 2015(date of Bill of Lading).
Shippers/forwarders are requested to register at the Antaser website or to use their existing username and password for their Antaser log in to start issuing ECTN’s for Libya.
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