All sea cargoes bound for Terminal Niamey, Niger must be covered by an ECTN Certificate. Depending on the Port of Entry used (Lomé or Cotonou), one additional or more ECTN certificates will be required.
Cargoes shipped to Niamey via Lomé will require two ECTN / BESC certificates or more: one for Niger and one or more transit ECTN for Togo.
Be advised that every vehicle shipped to or through Togo must have a separate and individual ECTN certificate e.g. a container loaded with two vehicles must have two separate ECTNs. If a container has another cargo in addition to the vehicle, two ECTN certificates are required: one for the vehicle one for the other cargo.
Cargoes shipped to Niamey via Cotonou will require only one ECTN / BESC certificate since transit ECTN certificate are not required for POE Cotonou, Benin.
In addition to the freight rates, the transit time and other factors, the number of ECTN certificate required is another element to take in account when deciding on the POE for shipments going to landlocked countries.
(Source: CMS Express Inc.)