BSC stands for Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons and it is a legal requirement by Sierra Leone lawmakers from all cargo transported into the country. Sierra Leone BSC enables authorities to identify, control, track and forecast the traffic of imported goods. It is mandatory for Freetown or any other port.


Import Procedures

From 15.02.2015, every cargo shipped to Sierra Leone, an exporter must acquire the BSC certificate. The recent BSC requirement replaced the previous Inspection Procedure and helps to electronically track import traffic.

Necessary Documents

  • Original bill of lading copy (BL)
  • Commercial invoice copy
  • Customs declaration copy

Price List

Acquiring the waiver comes at additional costs to the importer/exporter and these costs depend on the type of cargo (20ft, 40ft, Break Bulk, RO-RO, etc.), a number of containers, number of Bills of Lading raised and the country of discharge for the shipment.

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Goods banned that are worth to mention

  • No special prohibited goods

Regulations & Restrictions

The Sierra Leone BSC certificate must be requested by the exporter. The forwarding authorized agent can apply for a BSC waiver on behalf of the freight owner in certain cases.

BSC waiver must be presented 5 days before the vessel arrives at the port. Failure to present valid BSC certificate or fabricated BSC number results a fine of up to $ 2500 USD per Bill of lading, plus the regulations charge determined by Sierra Leone Customs.

Please note, you only have to acquire the Sierra Leone BSC certificate when Sierra Leone is your final destination. If your cargo has a transit through other countries, you don’t need a waiver certificate for transit country.

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In this situation If you have all the required documents mentioned above, you can send the copies via e-mail to get your BSC Africa certificate validated Today.

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