Niger authorities implemented a new regulation, making all shipments to Niger obliged to have a BSC certificate in 2008. Arriving at the destination without this certificate will cause serious problems, like a huge fine. Since Niger is a landlocked country, all maritime cargoes are transited from Benin. So, you will need a BSC certificate for Niger, and a BSC for Benin as well. Click here to find out more on transit shipments.

Some might think that no one would ever miss out on something as crucial as this certificate. That is not true at all. People overlook this certification way more often than you’d think.

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      What is Niger BSC?

      BSC stands for Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons, which is French for Cargo Tracking Note or CTN for short. The name itself provides a clear indication of its purpose. It is a certificate utilized by authorities to track, manage, and supervise all cargos from loading to discharge. Additionally, it enables officials to obtain information about the shipments even before they arrive at the destination port. This includes details about the exporter, the importer, information about the transported goods and their value, the cost of the freight, the type of shipment, the name of the vessel, and more.

      What are the required documents?

      Niger BSC Certificate

      All you need is 2-3 documents to apply for the ECTN certificate, and you can find them in the following:

      • 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 document is only necessary if the freight cost isn’t on the commercial invoice.

      What are the consequences of not having it?

      You must have the BSC certificate five days before the vessel arrives at the latest, or the consequences won’t be pretty. If your shipment arrives without a BSC certificate, there will be a charge twice the amount of the BSC cost plus the regulation fee determined by the Niger 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.

      What are the most imported items into Niger?

      Product labelImported value in 2020Imported value in 2021Imported value in 2022sortOrderDESC
      All products3,026,1102,784,7443,787,226
      Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof292,199220,205434,244
      Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof252,987225,770351,216
      Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof238,76880,048341,957
      Articles of iron or steel119,539115,334289,508
      Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral . . .120,018143,887241,465
      Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television . . .124,026120,059171,275
      Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof212,776229,210155,956
      Other made-up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags51,57746,403118,814
      Pharmaceutical products259,164130,814103,512
      Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement86,78499,863102,681
      Iron and steel44,63546,31379,968
      Plastics and articles thereof34,87737,50974,764
      Animal, vegetable or microbial fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; . . .104,853103,02073,309
      Miscellaneous edible preparations96,70291,45871,973
      Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks’ products55,68187,59070,114
      Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes; products, whether or not containing nicotine, . . .49,25061,84059,963
      Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; . . .26,32422,93950,358
      Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical . . .40,24338,12645,206
      Sugars and sugar confectionery64,64856,99238,945
      Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, . . .23,13124,99828,153
      Miscellaneous chemical products17,77017,91625,418
      Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial . . .17,34319,60420,819
      Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten34,35836,16820,375

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