What is BIETC Certificate?

BIETC certificate also known as Bordereau d’Identification Électronique de Traçabilité des Cargaisons is required for all shipments to Gabon. BIETC is a cargo tracking electronic system for all import/export products. Gabon Customs, Conseil Gabonais des Chargeurs (CGC), request that any cargo going to Gabon has to be tracked by CGC through the BIETC Certificate. This is also widely known as the Waiver Certificate Requirement implemented by Gabon.

Who to prepare or obtain BIETC Certificate?

For shipments that origin not from a Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) country, the shipper or the trader is responsible for requesting for the application of the BIETC Certificate. The freight carrier has an obligation to check that the BIETC Certificate has been issued before loading the cargo. The BIETC Certificate number has to be inserted on the Bill of Lading. All the relevant documents required for the validation of the BIETC Certificate have to be submitted 10 days after vessel departure. Once the BIETC Certificate has achieved Final Validation it is considered valid and should be submitted with other shipping documentation for Gabon customs clearance.

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 mean that the freight carrier is able to roll the shipment to the next vessel and all relevant charges (where applicable) 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 as well as a fine of up to 100% of the freight value. In case of discharged without BIETC, all fine received from authority meaning 150% of the amount of the freight declared by shipper will have to be cleared before cargo release. 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.

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6 thoughts on “What is BIETC Certificate?

  • July 11, 2018 at 9:31 pm
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    • July 26, 2018 at 2:22 am
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      Glad it was helpful. Do write to us for any logistical queries.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 5:49 am
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    • July 4, 2018 at 4:33 am
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      Glad it is helpful. Do drop us any queries for your shipments.

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  • February 6, 2018 at 8:32 am
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    Do your provide BIETC certificate for cargo from Haiphong (Vietnam) to Gentil ( Gabon) 01 x20DC on 15 Feb. Kindly adivise us related documents , fee and time of issuing.

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    • February 22, 2018 at 4:42 am
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      Thanks for your enquiry. Have already forwarded our reply to you. Do feel free to contact us if you have any other issues.

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