BESC is a loading certificate issued on the basis of the transportation documents mentioning the kind and quantity of the cargo, freight, and goods value and shipment details (container details, loading & discharge port and dates, etc.). CTN is issued for each Bill of Lading and has a unique number just for subject transportation / Bill of Lading, therefore, each Bill of Lading needs its own CTN certificate/number.
CTN or any other loading certificate does inform the port authorities regarding the arrival date of the cargo and quantity allowing the authorities to be prepared for the discharge operations in advance. CTN also prevents corruption stating the actual price of the imported goods and forwarding below mentioned transporting documents shortly after the loading of the cargo assuring authorities all transportation documents are authentic and are in order.
Without the BESC certificate, the cargo could not be cleared at the customs and a penalty will be in question in addition to the demurrage costs occurred until a valid BESC certificate is presented at the customs.
Freight Invoice (if the freight value is not noted on the commercial invoice)
Customs Declaration Form
All cargo imported to Benin needs to be covered with a valid CTN starting from 01.09.2019.
If the discharge port is in Benin and the cargo is in transit to another country such as Chad, Mali, Niger etc. a Benin CTN is still mandatory to clear the goods at customs.
Validation of the certificate will take 2 to 3 days and is under the initiative of the authorities.
CTN certificate is issued on the basis of the transportation documents submitted online and physical examination of the cargo will not be necessary.
Benin’s import volume was declared to be $ 4.34 billion.
Benin’s export volume was declared to be $ 695.60 million.
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