Ivory Coast – Cote d’Ivoire BSC Waiver Certificate

Ivory Coast BSC procedure started with the law nr. 2001-669 issued on 24/10/2001. The government keeps track of the commodities entering its jurisdiction. This law requires all freight to be cleared in ports of Cote d’Ivoire to have Cargo Tracking Certificates.

SCK Representative remains at your disposal to fulfil your certificate requests for freights to Cote d’Ivoire.

BSC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons ‘translated as ‘Cargo Tracking Note’ (CTN) in English.

How can you get Ivory Coast BSC Certificate?

You need to submit the following documents in your application for the BSC certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be made with a draft copy. Original will be needed for validation)
  • Invoice
  • Freight invoice, if the freight value is not mentioned in the Invoice.
  • Packing list
  • Certificate of origin
  • Customs declaration
  • Certificate of insurance for Cote d’Ivoire (Local insurance document certificat d’assurance | provided by the importer in Ivory Coast.)
  • FDI document (Fiche de déclaration à l’importation | provided by the importer in Ivory Coast.)

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 BSC 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.

Are there any additional requirements for the issuance of a BSC certificate?

Importers should have registration on the platform and present their system account number and name to start the certification process.

Also, note that the certificate of insurance (certificat d’assurance) and FDI document (Fiche de déclaration à l’importation) need to be issued by the Ivory Coast’s importer and presented to complete the validation process.

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

How long does it take to get approval?

A draft copy of the certificate will be issued in a day if all mandatory documents are provided and coherent. The certificate will be submitted for validation once we receive your confirmation on the draft and the payment. The approval for verification is usually received in a day. However, as all the approvals are handled in the main office in Abidjan, the process may take about a week.

If your freight is in transit via Abidjan, you do not need to get a BSC certificate for Ivory Coast. 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:


Burkina Faso

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

Abidjan and San Pedro are the main ports of the Ivory Coast. These ports handle all maritime traffic of the Ivory Coast, and they are important waypoints for Burkina Faso and Mali. Therefore, if the port of discharge is indicated as Abidjan or San Pedro on the bill of lading, you need to issue a BSC certificate for Ivory Coast.


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

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