Who to prepare or obtain BIETC Certificate?
What would have if BIETC Certificate is not obtained?
It is shipper’s responsibility to ensure that BIETC is established from departure port by appointed agents. Before loading, shipper must present to carrier a provisional BIETC Certificate bearing the number attributed. It is then the responsibility of shipper to ensure that, every single cargo leaving the country for final destination Gabon, must have BIETC correctly filed, signed and stamped by the representative of Gabonese Council Carrier (CGC) abroad. Failure to provide a BIETC Certificate before cut off at origin can bring about issues for the shipment. The freight carrier is able to roll the shipment to the next vessel. All relevant charges (where applicable) for the rolled shipment will be at shipper’s expense.
If shipments are arranged without BIETC, the importer may need to clear the cargo paying fines as much as the commodity prices. If BIETC is not obtained before loading, there may be a fine of 50% of the freight value. The shipment can also be retained on board the vessel and sent back to the origin at the shipper’s expense. If the export happened without BIETC, the consignee may be required to pay 100% of the BIETC fee. There might be a fine of up to 100% of the freight value forwarded to the consignee as well. In case container is discharged without BIETC, all fine received from authority have to be cleared before the cargo can be released. This means that there might be a fine of at least 150% of the amount of the freight declared by shipper. All the fine amounts are estimated as most freight carriers will not even load if there is no BIETC in the first place.
AD&K Logistics is helping our customers to apply for BIETC. Do feel free to write or contact us should you have any queries.