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.
What is Senegal BSC?
BSC is short for Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons. Which in English means Cargo Tracking Note or CTN. Its name speaks for itself. Because its purpose is allowing the authorities to track, manage, and supervise the cargos from loading to discharge. It also allows them to get information about the shipments before their arrival. It contains details 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 for it?
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 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 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.