Senegal
Waiver Certificate Requirements

Cargo transported to Senegal requires a cargo tracking note

Waiver Control:

A Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) / Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) must be obtained at the port of loading [POL]. This is mandated by the Conseil Sénéglaise des Chargeurs (COSEC) and decreed by the Ministry of Finance & Economy.

The Cargo Tracking Note/ Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison is required for import cargo only and is not required for transit/CTBL cargo.

Responsibilities and Cost:

All costs and the responsibility for getting the CTN/BSC are with the shipper.

Documentation Requirements:

Cargo Tracking Number/ Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison number must be clearly indicated on the Bill of Lading (BOL) and on the cargo manifest. If this number cannot be read or is missing you will be liable to a penalty fine of CFA 1,000,000 per Bill of Lading which will be applied to the consignee and the shipping lines.

Pre-Shipment Inspection:

Senegal requires that Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) / Déclaration Préalable d’Importation (DPI) is carried out for all imports into Senegal. This inspection is carried out at the port of loading (POL) country for the purpose of customs clearance for the cargo. PSI is mandated by the Ministry of Economy & Finance initially by Decree No. 91-1221 (Ministère de l’Economie, des Finances et du Plan) dated 14/11/91.

Minimum Value for Pre-Shipment Inspection:

CFA 3,000,000 FOB however, all FCL containers with a total FOB value below CFA 3,000,000 are subject to PSI.

Part Shipments:

Subject to PSI if total order exceeds CFA 3,000,000 FOB.

Documents Required:

Final invoice [showing FOB value, freight and ancillary charges, as well as any advance payment (if applicable)

Type of Report Issued:

For Importer:

  • DPI (declaration provisoire d’importation) issued for all shipment with a total FOB value between CFA 1000.000 and CFA 2.999.999
  • A.V. (Attestation de Vérification) issued for all shipment with a total FOB value exceeding CFA 3000.000.

This value makes it compulsory to have the goods inspected at the port of loading by the COTECNA office. Two kinds of inspection can be done: Physical and or documentary (depending on the sole decision of COTECNA office). Issued for all FCL containers with a total value exceeding CFA 3000.000 (INSPECTION become compulsory in addition to the DPI) Document required: Commercial invoice, Bill of lading, packing list.

  • ARA (Avis de Refus d’Attestation) issued for inconsistencies including quantity, eligibility, and/or quality and when final documents are not received within 2 months following inspection date.

For Exporter:

  • For all shipments (shipments to countries from the UEMOA are not concerned) with a total FOB value at or exceeding CFA 3000.0000 following reports are required: A.E.(Attestation d’Exportation), E.C. (Engagement de change), C.O.E (Certificat d’origine export : 7 types of certificates), F.D. (Facture definitive)
  • Other documents are required but it depends on the kind of goods exported.

Inspection Fees:

The importer pays the Government a fee of 1% of the dutiable (CIF) value of each import consignment.

Goods Exempted from Pre-Shipment Inspection:

  • Gold, precious stones, objects of art
  • Used personal and household effects
  • Shipments with a FOB value under CFA 3,000,000
  • Live animals
  • Arms and ammunition other than for hunting and/or sport
  • Explosive and pyrotechnic products
  • Plants and flowers
  • Cinematographic films
  • Meat, fish, perishable vegetables and fruits neither frozen or deep frozen
  • Postal parcels and samples
  • Current newspapers and periodicals, stamped paper, postal and fiscal stamps, bank notes and cheque books
  • Commercial samples
  • Donations offered to the government, public administrations and NGOs
  • Goods subject to tariff exemption
  • Goods imported by certain importers which have a special exemption authorization from the government
  • Imports by export free zone companies or assimilated

Goods Prohibited from Import:

Senegal, Africa

  • Meat and poultry products must be covered by a Phytosanitary certificate including a Dioxin Free Certificate
  • Tomato paste: must not contain any additional products other than pure tomato (this restriction includes the addition of salt and/or other spices which is forbidden)