BESC is the abbreviation for Bordereau Électronique de Suivi des Cargaisons.

If you are shipping to, or through one of the countries listed then you will need special waiver certificate documentation in order to clear customs.

In French-speaking countries a waiver is called BESC which is the abbreviation for Bordereau Électronique de Suivi de Cargaison.

These waiver certificates (in English also known as ECTN – Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) are required by certain African countries to effectively control, supervise and manage import / export traffic to the country.

Waiver documents have full details of the exporter/ importer, shipping method (containerised, groupage etc), type and value of goods being transported, name of vessel and cost of freight for the shipment. These waivers are dealt with by the importer or exporter and must be filed before the cargo arrives at its port of discharge.

Preparing the waiver adds additional costs to the importer or exporter and these costs depend on the type of cargo (20ft, 40ft, Break Bulk etc), number of containers, number of Bills of Lading raised and the country of discharge for the shipment.

African Waivers provides waiver certificate information for cargo being shipped to African countries requiring special documentation.

List of countries with waiver requirements :Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, DR. Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Lybia, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo


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