Sierra Leone ENS Number and BSC Certificate

For seamless Sierra Leone shipments, SCK Representation streamlines obtaining your essential ENS number and ACD declaration. Our process is straightforward and swift: provide the necessary documents, and let us handle the application, or opt to fill out the form on your own. Our committed team guarantees your shipments are accurately documented and cleared for Sierra Leone importation. Bypass delays and avoid penalties by choosing SCK Representation for your Sierra Leone ECTN requirements.

Lee David - Panda Logistics

SCK never fails to impress with their quick turnaround time for BSC requests. Outstanding service!

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Operations Manager

I received very productive consultancy from the company in my trade with Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. Company representatives are people I want with me even when walking in Africa. I hope we will work more.

Sierra Leone is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north and east, Liberia to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital and largest city is Freetown. The official language is English, and the population is around 7.9 million. Sierra Leone has a diverse culture with influences from the indigenous tribes, European colonizers, and the African diaspora.

Since 2015, it’s mandatory for all freights to obtain an ENS number, also recognized as a CTN or BSC, and to complete an ACD declaration. The BSC certificate must be validated at least five days before the vessel’s arrival. Shipments arriving without a BSC, or with a BSC bearing incorrect information, will incur a penalty of double the certificate’s cost, plus an extra fee determined by Sierra Leone’s national port authorities.

Sierra Leone ENS Procedure

The following documents are required for your ENS number application:

  • Bill of lading
  • Invoice
  • Freight invoice
  • Phone number and e-mail address of the consignee
  • Phone number and e-mail address of the sender

How long does it take to get the ENS Number?

It takes about a week to get approval as the approval process is conducted in Port of Freetown. Therefore, we recommend that you have the ICTN number mentioned in the approved certificate written on the bill of lading. In addition, as systemic defects and infrastructural issues may result in delays, we recommend that you make your application following the day of loading.

What is BSC?

BSC – Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison is another name for a waiver document also known as a ECTN.

Do I need to get a BSC certificate if my shipment is in transit through Senegal to Mali?

A shipment with a final destination of Mali in transit through Senegal only needs to get a BSC certificate for Mali.

Can I use the same BSC number for various shipments?

No, BSC is unique and limited to a single shipment. Every cargo needs its own BSC number that has been verified.

How do I apply for a BSC document for Senegal If I have an LCL shipment?

You can apply for a certificate with a Master Bill of Lading if you are shipping LCL to Senegal. A House Bill of Lading cannot be used to apply for a Senegal certificate.

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