Embassy Logistic Terms: CTN

A number of countries in Africa, among which Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia require a waiver document for all import shipments. For example, a CTN or Cargo Tracking Note is required for all shipments going to Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia. This way the authorities in these countries 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 Sierra Leone for which a CTN is required are:

  • Tema
  • Takoradi
  • Accra


The port in Sierra Leone for which a CTN is required is:

  • Freetown


The port in Liberia for which a CTN is required is:

  • Monrovia


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