Mali BESC – Waiver Certificate

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 25, 2005, and December 31, 2008, all shipments destined for Mali have to be covered by Mali BSC certificates.

“SCK Representation” was appointed as one of the official agents for the issuance of Mali BESC certificates on January 22 2015.

BESC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau électronique de Suivi de Cargaison’, 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. In addition, you need to get another freight certificate via Guinea and Senegal. However, there is no requirement for a loading certificate for the freights via Abidjan.

How can you get the Mali BESC certificate?

The following documents are required for the Mali BESC certificate:

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

To start the certification process, you should share PDF copies of the documents through 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 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 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. Therefore, 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 these ports handle all maritime traffic of Mali. 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 shipment’s final destination 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 importing 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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Yükleme Mali ülkesine başka bir liman üzerinden gidiyor. Bu durumda ayrı bir sertifikaya ihtiyacımız olur mu?

Mali, bir iç destinasyon olduğu için varış limanında ayrıca sertifika zorunluluğu olup olmadığını kontrol etmeniz gerekir. Ülkeye giden yüklerin büyük bir çoğunluğu Abidjan (Fildişi Sahili) ve Dakar (Senegal) limanları üzerinden transit olarak gerçekleştirilmektedir. Transit yüklemelerde Fildişi Sahili (Abidjan) ve Gana (Tema) için BSC sertifikası düzenlenmesine gerek yoktur. Yüklemeniz için sadece Mali BESC sertifikası düzenlenmelidir.

Eğer, varış limanı konşimento üzerinde Conakry (Gine), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal) veya Lome (Togo) olarak belirtildi ise yüklemeniz için ilgili ülke ilave sertifika düzenlemesi gerekmektedir.

Certificate requirement for freights transported to Mali with transit

Mali has started to implement certificate requirements. Cargos to Mali usually transit via Senegal. Please make sure that you get your certificate in such freights.

Required documents:

BESC (Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons) is a compulsory document for any shipment with a final destination in Mali. Every BL which covers cargo destined for Mali must be covered by a BESC to allow cargo to be carried from POD to Mali border control and for the consignees to clear their cargo when entering Mali. The Exclusive Representative will implement this control at POD Satralog, who will clear the BESC and permit the carriage of the goods to Mali. If the shipment is not covered by a BESC, Satralog will issue a regularisation BESC at a maximum rate of five times the one at the origin to allow carriage of the goods to Mali. For the first three months of this new procedure, the penalty is the issuance of the BESC at the same cost as the one at the origin.

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Imports in Mali will no longer receive BESC at the destination.

Please be informed that since 01/01/2020, border controls have been enforced at the destination. Not-covered cargo has been regularised at the border by CMC in cooperation with our agents. No cargo will be forwarded to Mali without BSC, and not covered cargo will be subject to regularisation by port Agents at POD before carriage.

Consequently, please be informed that as of 15/02/2020, BSC issuance will no longer be possible at the borders. Still, it will be subject to regularisation by our POD agents, causing cargo delays at the borders for which we cannot be accounted as regulations have not been followed in the first place. Therefore, BSC must be requested and issued at the origin to avoid clearance blockage at the destination.

As the official agent, we are at your disposal at all times for your Mali BESC requirements.

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