Embassy Logistic Terms: BIETC

A number of countries in Africa, among which Gabon, require a waiver document for all import shipments. For example, a BIETC or Bordereau d’Identification Électronique de Tracabilité des Cargaisons is required for all shipments going to Gabon. This way the authorities in Gabon have access to all information in the “pre-arrival phase”.

The information contained in the waiver document, is as follows; Shipper and consignee names, mode of transport, description of the cargo and its value, name of the transport vessel and the cost of shipment. The authorities in the country of destination must be in possession of the waiver document prior to arrival of the vessel.

Each country has their own regulations for waiver documentation and in fact, some countries have a different name for the document.

The ports in Gabon for which a BIETC is required are:

  • Libreville
  • Port Gentil

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