Cameroon BESC Certificate

Based on the ministerial decree released in 2006, with the reference 00557, all freight heading towards Cameroon have to be covered by BESC certificates. (article nº 4 de l´arrêté ministériel de la République du Cameroun, année 2006, nº 00557 portant instauration du BESC)

What is a BESC Certificate?

These certificates are issued by 7 agencies worldwide. Turkey and the Middle East area are the scope of authority of SCK Agency. BESC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau électronique de Suivi de Cargaison’, translated as ‘Electronic Cargo Tracking Note’ (ECTN) in English.

How can you get the BESC Certificate?

The following documents are required for the Cameroon BESC certificate:

  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight invoice (if the freight amount is not mentioned on Commercial Invoice)
  • Import Declaration

To start the certification process, you should share PDF copies of the documents through sck@scktr.com. There is no need to send hard copies for the issuance of BESC certificates. Please be sure to share the final documents, which will not have any more amendments later on in the process. A penalty fee will occur for the modifications after validating the certificates.

How long does it take to get approval?

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

If your freight is in transit via Cameroon, you do not need to get a Cameroon BESC certificate. Cameroon BESC is only required for importing goods. For the procedure of countries that are mainly used for transit freights, you can click on the name of the country:

Chad ECTN

The Central African Republic ECTN

The Republic of Congo ECTN

What is an “Import Declaration”?

Import Declaration is a unique document the importer issues in Cameroon for taxing purposes. The document has references which are called “Transaction ID: (P.R. Code)”, “Tax Payer’s ID: (N° Contribuable)”, and “D.I. No (SGS)”. The document is asked for shipments that are organized after the date of 15/12/2016. The importer will be able to approach the Single Window (Guichet Unique) at the port of Douala to obtain this document quickly.

In french, “Guichet Unique” is a port structure that receives the agreement by one decree of the presidency to dematerialize all procedures. They put in place a “single window” for all imports. The importer may create an account and receive a P.R. number that identifies his transaction until the clearance of goods. This number is requested for establishing BESC because the authorities are demanding to link import declaration to the BESC certificate. If not, the importer would have problems at Douala port.

For more information and document samples, please contact our team via sck@scktr.com.

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

As per the declaration of Cameroon authorities (CNCC), the shipment type should be indicated as a container if the vehicles (chassis) are loaded in containers. In this case, the vehicle amount should be appropriately shown on ECTN certificates as it directly affects the pricing of the document. The charge will multiply with the vehicle amount, which is loaded into containers. If the container details are not indicated on the bill of lading, ECTN certificates should be issued as RO/RO shipments.

For more information and detailed tariff, please contact our team via sck@scktr.com.

Responsibility

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

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