Cargo Tracking Note – what is it..??

Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) also known as Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) or Loading Certificate is an official marine document that contains information relating to the cargo and its movement between ports.. This document is required to be submitted to the various shippers councils in various countries..

In general, the CTN number must be shown on all documentation related to the cargo shipped under that note.. The shipper and/or forwarder should provide the certificate number to the ocean carrier at the loading port (Loading agent) for inclusion in the manifest and bill of lading..

As far as i know, currently below are the countries (in alphabetical order) that require CTN and also the issuing agents in South Africa for ready reference..

If I have missed out any other country that requires the CTN, please do comment on the same and also add on the issuing agents details..

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  1. Hello Manaadiar, Your answer to my question is not clear. Who is the shipper? Me or the company shipping my container? How does the average lay person who is not in the shipping business know how to obtain a CTN number? This is very confusing.

    • If you are exporting the goods, then you are the shipper.. The company that is shipping your container is the carrier.. You could appoint/consult a freight forwarder in your country who may be able to assist with your issue..

  2. Who is responsible for getting the CTN number? I just loaded a 20ft container, gave all the items in the container, etc..and then my shipping company asked me for a CTN number. I called my agent in Benin and he says the CTN number should be obtained by the shipper and not by the clearing agent. My shipping company seems to have no clue what they are doing. What are my options???

  3. I required ECTN issuing agent for Cotonou I have shipment from Nhava Sheva to Cotonou (Benin), Please advise which
    agent issues ECTN in Mumbai