According to the Mali Port Authority Act, the Customs and Excise Department of Mali have made Electronic Cargo Tracking Number (ECTN) reference number mandatory on the bill of lading & import manifest to further strengthen and improve the efficiency of the transport of goods and to reduce the penalties caused by overdue customs clearance.

Effective from March 8 2021, if ECTN reference number is missing for delivery location Bamako, Mali bill of lading will not be released. Any shipment for missing ECTN number the containers will not be allowed to be discharged from the vessel and will be retained on board (ROB).

The new regulation is applicable for all the cargo moving from any part of the world to final delivery location Bamako, Mali.

For eg :- ECTN number – 056414 (Its a 6 digit number as shared in below attachment)


All shipments to Bamako, Mali must apply for the ECTN in advance. Otherwise, it will be deemed to violate the transport regulations of Bamako, Mali then customs clearance could not be done successfully on the destination port. In addition, applications for goods arriving at the port of destination will result in high fines.

These original scan documents will be required by Mali authority for final validation

  • Original Bill of Lading
  • Commercial invoice stamped
  • Freight invoice stamped

You may also reach out to local office for additional information related to Mali ECTN/BESC & Contact no. +223 20 220765

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