Mali implemented a new regulation in 2015. This new regulation stated that BSC certificate must accompany all maritime cargo to Mali. And not having this certificate will cause severe consequences and an enormous penalty. Since Mali is a landlocked country all sea transports must be made through Senegal. But you only need a Mali BSC. Click here to find out more on transit shipments.

Despite being mandatory and crucial for the process, people often overlook this certificate.

What is Mali BSC?

BSC stands for Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons, which is French for  Cargo Tracking NoteCTN. Its name pretty much explains itself. It is a certificate that allows authorities to trackmanage, and supervise the cargos from loading to discharge. It also allows them to get information about the shipments before they arrive at the destination port. It contains information about the exporter, the importer, information about the goods getting transported and their value, the cost of the freight, the type of shipment, the name of the vessel, etc.

What are the required documents?

Mali BSC Certificate

Here, you can find the BSC Certification requirements.

  • Bill of Lading: This is a document that includes details about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
  • Commercial Invoice: It contains details of the goods, the freight cost, the incoterm, and some other charges if there is any, etc.
  • Freight Invoice: This is only required if the commercial invoice doesn’t include the freight cost.

What would be the consequences if it’s absent?

The BSC certificate must be presented five days after the departure of the vessel or five days before the ship arrives at the latest. If you don’t meet these requirements, you will be facing a fine twice the amount of the cost of the BSC certificate plus the regulation charge determined by the Mali National Shippers Council.


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.