BSC is a mandatory document for all ports in Mali
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What is BSC?
BSC is a mandatory loading document for all shipments to Mali. It is also known as CTN.
It was determined as a regulation in 2015 by the Mali Customs Officials. Failing to present the BSC document will lead to severe consequences and a hefty fine.
According to this law, every cargo purchased from abroad and transported for commercial, business, in some cases, diplomatic and personal purposes require a Loading Certificate called BSC – Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons.
The shipper or the freight forwarder is responsible for acquiring the BSC waiver certificate from the authorized representative.
- Bill of Lading: A draft copy can be used for the draft.
- Commercial Invoice – Incoterm, reference, and the date have to be mentioned.
- Freight Invoice: It is necessary if the freight cost isn’t on the commercial invoice.
According to MNSC (Mali National Shippers Council) regulations, BSC must be presented within 5 days after the vessel’s departure or 5 days before the ship arrives at the port.
Shipping or arrival without BSC or false information in BSC results in a fine of an amount equivalent to the BSC’s cost, plus the regulation charge determined by MNSC.
FAQs related to Mali BSC Certificate
A shipment to Mali as a final destination in transit through Senegal must only get BSC certificates for Mali.
No, BSC is unique and reserved only for one shipment. Every shipment must have a validated BSC number.
No. The Mali BSC certificate number is not required to show on the Bill of Lading.
GetCTN is an independent consulting firm that helps clients obtain CTN certificates in many African countries. It is an international company with offices in the USA, UK, and UAE, and its sole business is CTN certification; it is not a freight forwarder, importer, or exporter.
The hard copy of the certificate isn’t necessary at all. Instead, the whole process is completed online.
A bill of lading (BL or BoL) is a legal document issued by a carrier to a shipper that details the type, quantity, and destination of the goods being carried.
A commercial invoice is a required document for the export and import clearance process. It is sometimes used for foreign exchange purposes. In the buyer’s country, it is the document their customs officials use to assess import duties and taxes.