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BSC, standing for ‘Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons’, and BESC, meaning ‘Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons’, are both forms of CTN (Cargo Tracking Note). It’s important not to get confused by these terms, as they serve the same purpose. Essentially, these documents are essential for approving, tracking, and monitoring cargo shipments in many countries around the world, particularly in Africa. Besides BSC and BESC, the CTN goes by various other names like FERI, CNCA, BIETC, and ENS. This certificate is a mandatory requirement in these countries. Throughout this article, we’ll use BESC and BSC interchangeably to refer to the CTN, simplifying our discussion about this crucial shipping documentation.

How does BESC / BSC certificate looks like?

Attached is the picture of a Benin BESC certificate.

A commercial invoice, a bill of lading and the BESC certificate for Benin with a pen on a black background.
Benin BSC

Which countries require BESC / BSC document?

  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone

It’s important to note that these countries specifically refer to the document as BESC or BSC. However, other countries also have this requirement, but under different names. For example, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s known as FERI. So, while the name might change, the requirement for this type of cargo tracking document is widespread.

Why is BESC / BSC required?

There are multiple reasons and benefits to why BSC is required.

Some of these reasons are:

1. Security: Authorities use it to track and verify the what’s inside shipments, ensure compliance with country’s security regulations and reduce the risk of illicit items.

2. Trade Control: Countries use it to control their imports and exports. What’s moving in and out the country. Balance of trade, help to formulate policies are other reasons why BESC is requested.

3. Customs Clearance: BESC facilitates the customs clearance departments to process fast and easily by providing detailed information about the cargo being transported. It allows customs officials to verify the accuracy and ensures compliance with customs procedures, thereby expediting the clearance process.

4. Revenue Collection: BESC plays a role in revenue collection for customs authorities. By accurately documenting cargo details, including value and quantity, it helps calculate applicable customs duties, taxes, and fees, ensuring the correct assessment and collection of revenue.

5. Data Analysis: BESC provides valuable data for trade analysis and statistics. Governments and relevant organizations can analyze shipment data to gain insights into trade patterns, volumes, and trends, which can inform policy decisions and economic planning.

Who is responsible for obtaining BESC?

Obtaining BESC is the responsibility of the shipper or your authorized representative, such as a freight forwarder or shipping agent or us. The responsible party must ensure compliance with the BESC regulations specific to the destination country. If you’re looking for assistance in navigating this process, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help guide you every step of the way.

How long does it take to obtain BESC?

We offer a draft BESC within 24 hours. To get a precise estimate of the delivery time, don’t hesitate to contact us. Generally, the time it takes to process a BESC can vary based on the country and its unique requirements. Depending on how prepared you are, the process could be completed in as little as a day or up to less than a week.

What happens if I don’t have BESC?

Failure to obtain an BESC can result in:

  • Penalties and fines
  • Delays in custom clearance
  • Legal repercussions
  • Shipment refusal risk
  • Hampering relationships

Can an BESC be modified or canceled?

In some cases, modifications or cancellations to an BESC can be made before the shipment departs, but it is subject to the regulations and policies of the respective country.

Are there any alternatives to BESC?

Some countries may accept alternative cargo tracking systems or documents, but it is crucial to check with our consultants or authorities for the specific requirements of the destination country.

Am I exempted from getting BESC?

Some rare scenarios allow you to be exempted from getting BESC. Contact us to confirm.

Following scenarios may qualify you for exemption:

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Government shipment
  • Diplomatic shipment
  • In-Transit Cargo

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