Benin BESC Certificate

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What is a Benin ECTN Certificate?

Based on ministerial decrees N°2006/060 of 28 of December 2006, and Arrêté Ministériel 2006, N° 038/MDCTTPU-PR/DC/SG/CTTM/CNCB/SA, all freight heading towards Benin require ECTN certificate. Even though an ECTN certificate (also known as BESC) is required, there is no requirement to mention the certificate number on the bill of lading.

BESC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau électronique de Suivi de Cargaison‘ which means ‘Electronic Cargo Tracking Note’ (ECTN) in English.

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How can you get an ECTN Certificate?

These documents are required for ECTN Certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be done with a draft copy.)

  • Commercial Invoice

  • Freight Invoice  (It is not necessary If the freight value  is indicated on the commercial invoice)

  • Export Declaration

  • Packing List

You should share PDF copies of the documents through to start the certification process. There is no need to send hard copies for the issuance of ECTN certificates. Please be sure to share final documents which will not have any more amendments later on in the process. A penalty fee will occur for the amendments after the validation of the certificates.

How long does it take to get approval?

Once you provide all the required documents, a draft of the ECTN certificate will be shared with your side. We need your confirmation on the draft and payment. Afterwards, the certificate will be submitted for the approval of Benin authorities. This process usually takes a few days, but a period of a week should be expected in planning.

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Do we need an ECTN certificate if the shipment is in transit to a landlocked country?

If your freight is in transit to another landlocked country (such as Burkina Faso or Niger) through Cotonou port (Benin), you need to get an ECTN certificate for both countries. For instance, a shipment that is transferred to Niger via Benin would require the certificates for both Benin and Niger. 

You can reach the procedures by clicking on the name of countries if your cargo is in transit to a landlocked destination.


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Which name should be indicated on the bill of lading as a discharge port?

Cotonou is the main and only port of Benin. All maritime traffic of Benin is handled by this port and it is an important waypoint for Burkina Faso and Niger. If the port of discharge is indicated as Cotonou on the bill of lading, you need to issue an ECTN certificate for Benin.

What if we ship vehicles (chassis) and they are loaded in containers? How should the certificate be issued?

As per a new declaration from Benin authorities, the shipment type should be indicated as a container if the vehicles (chassis) are loaded in containers. In this case, container references should be indicated properly on the bill of lading. Otherwise, ECTN certificates should be issued as RO/RO shipment.

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The responsibility to get the ECTN/BESC certificate is on the shipper side. Transports without a certificate are penalized and the shipper side will be responsible for the loss.

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