Mali BSC – Waiver Certificate

Mali BSC

Mali BSC

According to the circular letters (Decree N° 05‐341/P‐RM, regulation of the maritime taxes and the Inter‐Ministry Resolution N° 08‐3718/MET‐MF‐MEIC‐S6) released on July 25th 2005 and December 31st 2008, all shipments destined for Mali have to be covered by BESC certificates. “SCK Representation” was appointed as one of the official agents for the issuance of Mali BESC certificates on 22nd January 2015.

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

As Mali is a landlocked country, there will be a requirement for an additional BESC/ECTN certificate in the country where the port of arrival is located. For the freights via Guinea and Senegal, you need to get an additional certificate. For the freights via Abidjan, there is no requirement for a loading certificate.

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How can you get the Mali BESC certificate?

The following documents are required for the Mali BESC certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be done with draft copy)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice  (it is not necessary if the freight value  is indicated on commercial invoice)

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 BSC 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 BESC 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 the Malian authorities. This process usually takes a few days, but a week should be expected in planning.

If your freight is in transit via Abidjan (Ivory Coast), you do not need to get an Ivory Coast BSC certificate. Ivory Coast BSC is only required for importing goods. You only need to issue a Mali BESC certificate for your shipment.


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

Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Conakry (Guinea) and Dakar (Senegal) are the ports mainly used for the imports which are transited to Mali and all maritime traffic of Mali is handled by these ports. Dakar (Senegal) is an important waypoint for the Republic of Mali. If the port of discharge is indicated as Abidjan, Conakry or Dakar on the bill of lading, you need to check the final destination of the shipment to be sure if it is in transit to a landlocked country. In addition to these ports, Cotonou (Benin) and Tema (Ghana) can also be preferred for the importation of goods to the Republic of Mali. Benin ECTN is required for transit cargo whereas Ghana does not have an ECTN application.

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