Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN)

Freight Agency are are able to offer a personalised Cargo Track Note / Waiver service.

CTN Waiver Service

Our specialist waiver team are able to assist you with your CTM/waiver documentation.

Waiver certificates are mandatory to export by sea into various African states. The recipient countries use them to effectively control and administer the import actions. A waiver includes a full description of the exporter / importer, shipping method (LCL, FCL, breakbulk or RoRo), full description and value of the goods to be shipped, name of vessel and shipping charges.

For all shipments the exporter or his forwarder is requested to issue a Waiver in the port of loading. Shipments arriving without a valid Waiver may be blocked by local customs for delivery.


Contact our experts for assistance

Subject to the destination country a Waiver may be described as ACD, BESC, BIETC, BSC, CNCA, CTN, ECTN or FERI.

If you are planning on shipping to one of the destinations requiring a CTN, please contact our specialist waiver team for assistance on

+44 (0) 1274 580049

Heather Dickson

Heather Dickson

Documentation Supervisor

Heather works as our Operations Supervisor and joined the company in October 2012.  Heather ensures the smooth running of Documentation and Bookings and is trained in Dangerous Goods by Sea and First Aid qualified.  In her spare time Heather enjoys reading, baking, walking her two dogs and cake decorating.

Kate Charlesworth

Kate Charlesworth


Kate has worked with us since June 2017, Kate has developed a comprehensive knowledge of how to prepare bills of lading, cargo tracking notes and all other relevant export documentation. She is very proud to have a twin Sister also volunteers for the Sea Cadet Corps and is a fully trained Special Constable for West Yorkshire Police.

What is a CTN or waiver?

Waiver documents, known better as Cargo Tracking Notes, are being used to efficiently control and manage the import and export. A Waiver document contains all of the details about things like exporter/ importer freight method (LCL, FCL, Breakbulk or RORO), full description and value of goods being shipped name of vessel- all for a specific cargo. For every shipment coming in without a valid waiver document there will be customs blockage at its port of entry.

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What else may a CTN be know as?

A Waiver document can also be called; 

  • Cargo Tracking Note
  • BESC document
  • BIETC document
  • BSC document
  • CEE document
  • CNCA document
  • CTN document
  • ECTN document
  • FERI document
Which countries require a CTN?

Currently there are 24 African countries for which a Cargo Tracking Note is required.

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Democratic Republic Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Togo
How can Freight Agency help me?

We are your go-to service for Waiving documents. We will have your document validated within 24 hours, as we know who to contact as well as being aware of the most recent regulations for each waiver country. Contact us with any questions you may have about preparing Cargo Tracking Notes in an affordable way! Register your interest now.

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