Definition: The BSC of Côte d’Ivoire


According to CÔTE D’IVOIRE Decree No. 340 of November 12, 2001, all goods transported to Côte d’Ivoire via the port of Abidjan must apply for a BSC cargo tracking note. If not applied, it will be considered a violation of Côte d’Ivoire and will be severely punished at the port of destination.




BSC is the abbreviation of French BORDEREAU DE SUIVI DES CARGAISONS;


CTN is an abbreviation of English CARGO TRACKING NOTE;


Both BSC and CTN refer to the same certificate;


Many importers importing products from China to CÔTE D’IVOIRE, ignoring this important certificate, resulting in very high additional costs and delays in customs clearance in CÔTE D’IVOIRE.



At Google, there are very few blogs detailing the CÔTE D’IVOIRE BSC certificate , The most important thing is that we have summarized in detail the past eight years, we have encountered which the CÔTE D’IVOIRE importers to apply for the BSC certificate,which  the problems and experience are summarized, very Practical guiding significance. Keep reading this article will make great help for the people who want to ship from China to CÔTE D’IVOIRE or import from China to CÔTE D’IVOIRE, find a good supplier in China, is the first step, the second step is to bring your product from China to CÔTE D’IVOIRE safely and steady.


Providing all documents and certificates required for customs clearance in CÔTE D’IVOIRE is the last and most important step about your business from China to CÔTE D’IVOIRE.




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Côte d’Ivoire BSC application process:


How to apply the CÔTE D’IVOIRE  BSC when shipping from China


First, the applicant provides the bill of lading format, business license (first time), application form (first time); Bestforworld receives a formal quotation upon receipt;


Second, the applicant arranges the remittance; Bestforworld receives the remittance and sends out the BSC number;


Note: Once the number is placed, the shipper information and the consignee information cannot be changed.


  1. The applicant provides a scanned copy of the original bill of lading and other such materials;


Fourth, Bestforworld produces draft BSC;


  1. The applicant confirms the draft and completes the materials; Note: Once this draft is confirmed, no changes can be made. Please check the draft BSC carefully.


Sixth, Bestforworld issued the original certificate.





How to use the BSC certificate:



The original BSC certificate of Côte d’Ivoire is an electronic version and will be sent to the applicant’s mailbox.


The applicant needs to print out the document or forward the attachment to the destination consignee, freight forwarder or shipping company.



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Documents to be submitted for applying for the Côte d’Ivoire BSC certificate:





1) Bill of Loading Bill of Lading format


* must provide


2) Business license Shipper’s business license scan


* If it is the first application, it must be provided.


3) Application Form


* If it is the first application, it must be provided.



Effective Côte d’Ivoire BSC certificate Original documents to be submitted





1) Bill of Loading Original Scanner


* must provide


2) Commercial Invoice Scan of commercial invoice for customs clearance


* must provide


3) Packing List Scanning list of packing list for destination port clearance


* must provide


4) Customs Declaration Export Customs Declaration


* must provide


5) Freight Invoice Ocean Freight Invoice Scanner


* If it is EXW or FOB, it must be provided.


6) Certificate of Origin Scanned copy


* must provide


7) Certificate of Insurance


* must provide


8) DAI / FDI certificate scan


* must provide


The “bill of lading, commercial invoice, packing list, sea freight amount, certificate of origin, insurance policy and FDI” used by the consignee at the port of destination must be used in conjunction with the production of BSC “bill of lading, commercial invoice, packing list, sea freight”. The amount, certificate of origin, insurance policy and FDI are the same. If it is different, the consignee will not be able to clear the customs at the port of destination.



Major port of Côte d’Ivoire



Abidjan is located on the east coast of EBRIE, on the southeast coast of Cte d’Ivoire, on the north side of the Gulf of Guinea. It is the largest port in Cte d’Ivoire and is also the largest port in Cote d’Ivoire. West Africa’s largest container port. It is the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire (the political capital of Yamoussoukro Yamoussoukro) and the transportation hub. The southern and northern shores of Lake Ebrije.

the central island of the lake is connected by bridges, with a north-south rail link leading directly to Ouagadougou, the capital of the neighboring country of Burkina Faso, . Most of the national industry concentrated in this, the main industries are oil refining, food, textile, wood processing, and machinery. Petroleum smelting is the fastest growing sector in the industry, with the largest refinery in French-speaking African countries with an annual output of about 4 million tonnes.The port is the agricultural and forestry products distribution center. Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa production accounted for the first in the world, accounting for about one-third of the world’s total cocoa production. Coffee production ranks first in Africa, third in the world, second only to Brazil and Colombia, other palm oil, bananas, natural rubber and pineapple production in Africa also among the best. The port is also Africa’s famous water city, with up to more than 30 layers of “ivory hotel”, the ivory market is famous for. The international airport of the port is the largest airport in French-speaking African countries, with the African airline headquartered in Abidjan, with regular flights to the rest of the world.

The port is a tropical rain forest climate. The annual average temperature is about 27 ℃. The annual average rainfall of about 200Omm. There are 26 main berths in the harbor area, with a coastline of about 6085m and a maximum water depth of 12.5m. Loading and unloading equipment, a variety of shore crane, door crane, heavy lift, forklifts, floating cranes, forklifts, tugs, and ro-ro facilities, including floating crane maximum lifting capacity of 150 tons, and diameter of 100 ~ 609.6mm Pipeline for the use of loading and unloading. Offshore ln mile at sea oil park, the largest parked 75,000 dwt tanker. Port container yard of 600,000 square meters. Large ship anchorage water depth of 30m. Hong Kong’s re-export area of storage facilities area of 600,000 square meters. In 1992, the container throughput was 188,000 TEU. The main export goods are wood, cocoa, coffee, banana, palm oil, ore, rubber, cottonseed, and diamonds. The main import goods are grain, cement, machinery and equipment, fuel oil and consumer goods. The main trade partners for France, the United States, Italy, Germany, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Niger.





We can handle the Côte d’Ivoire BSC Certificate when you importing from goods from Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Nanjing to Côte d’Ivoire.

At the same time, it can also handle the Côte d’Ivoire BSC Certificate for shipping from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia to Côte d’Ivoire.



f I ship FCL or LCL from China to Côte d’Ivoire what is the difference to issue the Côte d’Ivoire BSC certificate?


  1. If shipping from China to Côte d’Ivoire by FCL or BULK, then the Master bill of lading must be provided and the House bill of lading is not accepted. If it is LCL, then the House bill of lading can be accepted, but the bill of lading must include the container number, the title and the container type. The consignee must be in the country of Côte d’Ivoire and not in other countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. If the goods are unloaded at the port of Abidjan,and then inland to (MALI), (BURKINA FASO), (GHANA) and other countries, then the Abidjan BSC cannot be applied.





What is the difference if I do FOB or CIF when importing products from China to Côte d’Ivoire ,when issue the Côte d’Ivoire BSC?


2, if the transaction method is CIF, then the commercial invoice must list the value of the goods (FOB total amount), sea freight, insurance, CIF total amount; if the transaction method is CFR, then the value must be listed on the commercial invoice (FOB) The total amount), sea freight, and CFR total amount; if the transaction method is FOB, then the sea freight should not appear on the commercial invoice. Commercial invoices can be written in either Commercial Invoice, Final Invoice or Invoice, but not in Proforma Invoice. Commercial invoices must state “consignor’s company name, address and phone number”, “consignee’s company name, address and phone number”, Country of Origin: CHINA, invoice number, date, product specifications and other parameters.




3, the packing list must list the quantity, gross weight, net weight, volume, container type, container number, seal number and Country of Origin: CHINA.





  1. The export declaration form must be a Customs export customs declaration form of the People’s Republic of China with a barcode and a formal format. And pay attention to the container number on the customs declaration, the number of pieces, gross weight and other information should be consistent with the bill of lading. If the shipper do not have the export licence,your Chinese freight forwarder will buying a exporter title for this shipment, must also meet the requirements, this is mandatory, no exceptions, not negotiable.



How much the shipping cost I have to put when shipping from China to Côte d’Ivoire to issue the Côte d’Ivoire BSC?




5, sea freight should not be too high or too low, otherwise it will affect the certification. If the transaction method is EXW or FOB, the sea freight invoice must be provided; if the transaction method is CFR or CIF, the sea freight invoice may not be provided. The currency of the shipping fee must be the same as the commercial invoice, either USD or EUR.




6,Shipping from China to Côte d’Ivoire, the insurance policy must list the DAI / FDI number, insurance rate, ship name voyage and other information, and it is best to provide the consignee’s insurance policy. Because Côte d’Ivoire is relatively special, its insurance and national banks, transfers are generally tied together, so even if it is CIF transaction method, the consignee still has an insurance policy.


  1. Please ask the consignee for a DAI or FDI certificate when importing from China to Côte d’Ivoire. The full name of DAI is DÉCLARATION ANTICIPÉE D’IMPORTATION, the full name of English is ADVANCED IMPORT DECLARATION; the full name of FDI is FICHE DE DECLARATION A L’IMPORTATION.




8, the relevant documents must be clear and complete, the picture pixels are recommended to be above 1680×2376.




  1. We will first search for exporters and importers in the BSC system. If the exporter and importer are already registered, we will directly select the exporter and importer. Because the exporter and importer are selected from the BSC system when import from China to Côte d’Ivoire ,the name and address of the exporter and importer, the zip code, the fax, and the mailbox are automatically recalled and cannot be changed. If the exporter is not registered, then we will first register the exporter. Once the registration is in effect, any information about the exporter cannot be changed. Once the exporter registration is in effect, please do not log in to view any other operations. In order to avoid invalid accounts, thus affecting the original BSC , If the importer is not registered in the BSC system, please notify the importer immediately to register, otherwise, the original BSC will not be valid,and make problems for issue the Côte d’Ivoire BSC certificate.


  1. The three-party trade (involving the middlemen) must also meet the above requirements. This is a mandatory requirement. There is no exception and no negotiation is allowed. The commercial invoice must be a commercial invoice for customs clearance at the port of destination, that is, a commercial invoice for the “consignor to the consignee” or “intermediary to the consignee”, and does not accept the “consignor to the intermediary”. commercial invoice.




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