Sierra Leone BSC

BSC is a mandatory document for all ports in Sierra Leone

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    What is BSC?

    BSC is a mandatory loading document for all shipments to Sierra Leone. It is also known as ENS and CTN. It was determined as a regulation in 2000 by the Sierra Leone 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 date must be mentioned.
    • Freight Invoice – It is necessary if the freight cost isn’t on the commercial invoice.
    • Customs Declaration – It is essential.
    Sample Sierra Leone BSC/ENS Certificate
    A Sample Sierra Leone BSC Certificate
    • According to Sierra Leone Customs regulations, all cargo to Sierra Leone must be accompanied by a BSC certificate.
    • The BSC certificate must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest.
    • Shipments that arrive without BSC or with false information on the BSC get charged twice the certificate cost plus the regulation charge determined by the Sierra Leone National Port Officials.

    FAQs related to Sierra Leone BSC Certificate

    What is BSC?

    BSC is another name for a waiver document. It stands for Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison.

    Can I apply correction to a validated Sierra Leone waiver document?

    No, Unfortunately, once validated, the Sierra Leone ENS certificate to Freetown cannot be revised in any way.


    Below is the Sierra Leone CTN document. Its number is always written at the top and is always 12 digits. Sometimes document name can be like ctn12312412.pdf, but that is not valid. So please always consider the 12-digit number written on the actual document.

    This is what a Sierra Leone CTN Document looks like

    Can I use the same BSC number for various shipments?

    No, BSC is unique and reserved only for one shipment. Every shipment must have a validated BSC number.

    Is it mandatory to mention Sierra Leone ENS number on the Bill of Lading?

    No. The Sierra Leone ENS certificate number is not required to show on the Bill of Lading.

    Can I make amendments to a validated Sierra Leone waiver document?

    No, Unfortunately, once validated, the ENS certificate to Freetown can not be revised in any way.

    General FAQs

    What is GetCTN?

    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.

    How do you ship the hard copy of the certificate?

    The hard copy of the certificate isn’t necessary at all. Instead, the whole process is completed online.

    What is a Bill of Lading

    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.

    What is Commercial Invoice?

    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.