Senegal BSC – Tracking Note

Senegal Bayrağı

Senegal Bayrağı

For any cargo destined for Dakar, Senegal (imports – for local consumption),  the shipper is

required to have a validated copy of the BSC (CTN) certificate (article n ° 2 of interministerial decree n ° 04350 of May 26, 2008, establishing the BSC). The freights which are not covered by a loading certificate will be penalized at the destination port. SCK Representation” remains at your disposal to fulfil certificate requests for your goods to the Republic of Senegal.


With experience in the sector and a solution-oriented approach, “SCK Representation” is the only guide and assistant for exporters to issue certificates including Guinea ECTN (ICTN) certificate.

How can you get a Senegal BSC certificate?

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

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be done with a draft copy. Original will be needed for validation)
  • 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?

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 validation is usually received in a day. However, as all the approvals are handled in the main office in Dakar, the process may take about a week.

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

Below are details of the consignee that need to be provided to start the Republic of Senegal BSC process.

Consignee details; phone number, e-mail address and NIF – Número de identificación fiscal 

Customs Bureaus of Senegal implement a single-counter procedure; import and export declarations are completed on a single platform. The certificate that is issued for shipment and the declaration is compared with the Orbus declaration of the importer. Therefore, the Orbus number is mandatory in all BSCs.

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Do we need a BSC 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 Mali) through Dakar port (Senegal), you need to get an ECTN certificate for both countries. For instance, a shipment that is transferred to Mali via Dakar would require the certificates for both Mali and Senegal. You can reach the procedures by clicking on the name of countries if your cargo is in transit to a landlocked destination: Burkina Faso


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

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