In the year 2006, Cameroon Authorities implemented a new regulation that made all shipments to Cameroon mandatory to have a BESC certificate. Without it, you’ll face severe consequences and a penalty. But, if you are using Cameroon for transit purposes, in some cases, you don’t need to have a BESC. Click here to find out more on transit shipments. The BESC is mandatory for all ports in Cameroon. Including Douala, Kribi etc.
Although it is mandatory and crucial for the process, it is one of the most overlooked certificates.
What is Cameroon BESC?
BESC stands for Bordereau Électronique de Suivi des Cargaisons, which is French for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, ECTN. ECTN’s name explains a lot about itself. Its purpose is to allow the authorities to track, manage, and supervise the cargos from loading to discharge as well as providing information about the shipments before they arrive at the destination port. This certificate has information about the exporter, the importer, information about the goods transported and their value, the cost of the freight, the type of shipment, the name of the vessel, etc.
What are the required documents?
- Bill of Lading: This is a document that provides information about the exporter, the importer, the weight and volume of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
- Commercial Invoice: This document contains the details of the goods, the incoterm, the freight cost, and some other charges like insurance, etc.
- Freight Invoice: This is a document that is only necessary if the freight cost isn’t on the commercial invoice.
- Import Declaration: It’s a document that provides information about the importer, the type of transport, etc. The importer has to provide it, and it has to contain a Tax Payer’s ID, a PR number, and an SGS number.
What are the consequences of not having the BESC certificate?
The BESC certificate must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest. If it isn’t validated, by then, you’d have to pay twice the amount of the BESC cost plus the regulation charges determined by the Cameroon National Port Officials.
Certificate cost depends on the number of Bill of Ladings and the containers, the country of origin, the port of discharge, etc. This is why we can’t give you an exact price for the CTN. But if you share your shipment’s details with us we can provide you the best charges for your certificate. We offer free quotation.