In 2008, Senegal Customs Officials decided to implement a new regulation for the exporters. This regulation said that a BSC certificate must accompany all shipments to Senegal, and any cargo without it will cause severe consequences for the exporter. It is mandatory for Dakar, Kaolack, and every other port in Senegal. But if Senegal is not your shipment’s final destination, you don’t have to have this cargo waiver. Click here to find out more on transit shipments.

You would think, that a certificate as crucial as this one wouldn’t be missed by anyone, but the story is a whole lot different. People tend to overlook this certificate and get penalized for it way more often than you think. 

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      What is Senegal 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 for it?

      Senegal BSC Certificate

      Senegal is pretty merciful when it comes to required documents. It is not like Ivory Coast that asks for roughly 7-8 documents for the BSC waiver.

      You will find Senegals requirements for the BSC in the following:

      • Bill of LadingThis is a document that includes details about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
      • Commercial InvoiceIt contains details of the goods, the freight cost, the incoterm, and some other charges if there is any, etc.
      • Freight InvoiceThis is a required document if the freight cost isn’t on the Commerical Invoice.

      What are the consequences of not having this certificate?

      First of all, according to the regulations, you must validate the BSC certificate five days before the vessel arrives at the latest. And if your cargo arrives without a BSC, you will get fined twice the amount of the BSC cost and on top of that, the regulation fee determined by the Senegal 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 Senegal?

      Product labelImported value in 2020Imported value in 2021Imported value in 2022sortOrderDESC
      All products7,820,3398,285,45612,129,313
      Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral . . .1,811,0092,379,1953,838,281
      Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof665,684606,416923,954
      Articles of iron or steel199,510259,333542,803
      Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television . . .537,735398,406519,656
      Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof444,477461,981489,639
      Iron and steel277,226412,943393,166
      Ships, boats and floating structures50,48824,569387,644
      Plastics and articles thereof233,071254,990351,027
      Pharmaceutical products281,393309,180313,298
      Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement93,404154,122309,707
      Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks’ products228,006158,170231,184
      Animal, vegetable or microbial fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; . . .243,146202,072197,252
      Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard110,983112,361142,973
      Sugars and sugar confectionery107,61290,641126,318
      Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical . . .111,38385,522118,559
      Organic chemicals69,57571,703112,408
      Miscellaneous chemical products82,25270,007110,266
      Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal56,29261,506109,046
      Dairy produce; birds’ eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere . . .85,16884,577101,525
      Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; . . .67,77160,61997,716
      Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, . . .55,11545,07095,446
      Miscellaneous edible preparations79,29567,16185,388

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