Waiver for Shipping to West Africa

When shipping to West Africa, to countries such as Togo, Benin, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast among others, it must be noted that, apart from the usual documentation for maritime shipping (invoice, packing list, certificate of origin and dispatch release), you must file an additional document called a waiver or BSC.


“The waiver is a document that displays the full details of the exporter, importer, how the shipping is done (container or groupage), the name of the ship, scale, the goods exported and the value of it and the cost of freight.”

The transmission of the waiver must be made before the ship arrives at the port of destination, so it needs to be dealt with before, either by the importer or exporter. This procedure has additional costs to the importer or exporter. Once the transmission is made a number for the waiver is created that is often required to be included in the body of B / L or bill of lading so that when shipping goods they can be nationalized without problems at the destination port.


  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Congo
  • Ivory Coast
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • DRC
  • Senegal
  • Togo

More FAQ about shipments and more documentation needed here.

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