A BIETC (Bordereau d’Identification Électronique de Tracabilité des Cargaisons) certificate is required for all shipments going to Gabon.

Shipping Ports in Gabon

  • ​Libreville
  • ​Port Gentil

Pre-Shipment Inspection for Gabon

Scrap metal being imported or exported to Gabon requires a pre-shipment inspection in order to avoid delays and increased costs.

Information and documents required for creating BIETC Certificate

  • ​Bill of Lading (Draft B/L is allowed) 
  • ​Commercial invoice / currency must be mentioned in USD or EURO
  • ​Freight invoice in the same currency (not needed in case the freight charges are mentioned on the commercial invoice)
  • ​Phone number and email address from shipper and consignee
  • ​ETS & ETA
  • ​H.S. code 
  • ​Country of Origin

Additional Information about BIETC 

In order to obtain a BIETC the cargo shipper or forwarder will need to register on the Gabonese Shippers’ Council website, login and complete the necessary information: bill of lading number, shipper, consignee, cargo description, container number, cargo value, value of freight, cargo origin / destination port and vessel / voyage number.

Submit this information and a CGC agent will validate the BIETC online, once validated the form will display a ‘Visa Validated’ notification and BIETC number which needs to be provided to the cargo’s shipping line.

Goods Exempted from Pre-Shipment Inspection

  • ​Live animals
  • ​Objects of art, precious stones/ metals and gold
  • ​Imports with a total order FOB value below CFA 2,000,000
  • ​Used tourism motor vehicles
  • ​Used personal and household effects
  • ​Explosives and pyrotechnic products
  • ​Non-commercial parcel post and commercial samples
  • ​Current newspapers and periodicals
  • ​Gifts and imports for Diplomatic entities and for United Nation organisations or their own use in Cameroon
  • ​Imports made by the Cameroon Army and security services
  • ​Imports authorised under Free Zone Regime
  • ​Crude oil and equipment used for oil drilling and working Donations from foreign governments or international organisations to foundations, welfare and philanthropic organisations recognized of public interest.

Prohibited Goods for Import to Gabon

  • Non-recyclable plastic bags

Restrictive Goods Shipping to Gabon

In accordance with the ‘Plan sectoriel Environnement du Plan Stratégique Gabon Emergent’ (PSGE), the Gabonese government has decided to strengthen rules on imports of used vehicles. The importation of used vehicles more than 3 years old is banned. The original car registration document or a legal copy will be required for all imports of used vehicles including personal cars, buses, lorries, vans and pick-up trucks.

Charges for Gabon BIETC Certificate

For creating a BIETC certificate for GABON, different rates are applicable. This depends on the Port of Loading and type of shipment, like LCL,  FCL,  Breakbulk or RORO.

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