Waiver Certificate Requirements

Cargo transported to Cameroon requires an electronic cargo tracking note

Waiver Control

Any cargo loading or unloading in Cameroon must be covered by an Electronique Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (BESC/ECTN) validated by the Conseil National des Chargeurs Camerounais / Cameroon National Shippers Council (CNCC) or its representative as per ministerial order no. 00557/MINT of 11/07/2006. This ECTN or waiver certificate must be issued for all shipments/ Bills of Lading (B/L) to Cameroon.

Responsibilities and Cost:

The shipper is responsible for issuance of the CTN/BSC and all costs.

Documentation Requirements:

BESC/ECTN number must be shown on the Bill of Lading and the manifest.

Pre-shipment Inspection:

All imports to Cameroon require Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) / Déclaration d’Importation (DI). This is undertaken in the port of loading (POL) country for the purpose of customs clearance.

Minimum Value for Pre-shipment Inspection:

CFA 2,000,000 – FOB

Export Cargo:

Shippers must obtain a BESC/ECTN from the CNCC office in Douala prior to loading cargo, and attach it to export customs documents. The document can be obtained up to 5 days after the vessels sailing date however a penalty up to 50% of the initial BESC/ECTN amount may be applied.

Transit/ Transhipment Cargo:

The BESC/ECTN does apply to transit and transhipment cargo.

One cargo tracking note must be displayed:

Per Bill of Lading for containers (maximum 10 TEUs per BESC/ECTN)
Per Bill of Lading for break bulk / non containerized cargo (max 300 ton per BESC/ECTN)
Per wheeled vehicle by RO-RO

Prohibited Goods

  • ‘Mc Ray’ scotch wiskey
  • ‘Ibéro’ oil and ‘Turkey Brand’ vegetable oil
  • Skin treatment creams:
      • ‘Crusader’ skin toning cream
      • ‘Mipipo’ skin treatment cream
      • ‘Mipipo’ hydroquinone lotion
      • ‘IKB’ medicated cream
      • ‘Symbi’ cream
      • ‘Elegance’ skin toning cream
      • ‘Renue’ super bleaching cream
      • ‘Amba’ cream
      • ‘Desire’ complexion cream
      • ‘Nice’ super cream
      • ‘Tura’ medicated cream
  • Soaps:
      • ‘HG 12’ germicidal soap
      • ‘Jabiru’ antiseptic germicidal soap
      • ‘Tura Savon’ germicidal soap
      • ‘Mipipo’ germicidal soap
      • ‘Roberts’ medicated soaps
      • ‘Sukissa Bango’ antiseptic soap
      • ‘Bexo’ antiseptic soap
      • ‘Skin Guard antiseptic soap
      • ‘Bicu’ soap
  • Pesticides for agricultural use containing at least one of the following products:
      • Captafol, dinoseb acetate (aretit), dinoseb, binapacryl (morocide), cyhexatin, dieldrin, aldrin, heptachlor, 2-4-5 TCP Trade names of these pesticides are listed thereafter:
      • Made from captafol: difolatan, folcid, merpafol, crisfolatan, folstaf, haipen, mycodifol, ortho difolatan 80, captalatan 80
      • Weed killers made from aretit: HOE 002904, evosit, phenotan
      • Made from dinoseb: subitex, vertac, Dinitro Weed Killer, basanite, chemox general, chemox, chemsect, dynamite, elgetol, hel-fire, kiloseb, nitropone, sinox general, unicrop, caldon, dinitro, DN289, gebutox, premerge, subitex, vertac
      • Made from binapacryl: acricid, ambox, dapacryl, dinoseb, endosan, morocide, HOE 2784, NIA 9044
      • Made from Dieldrin: alvit, dieldrite, octalox, panoram D-31
      • Made from Aldrine: alvit, dieldrex, dieldrite, octalox, panoram D-31, aldrex 30, aldrite, aldrosol, drinox, octalene, seedrin liquid
      • Made from heptachlore: drinox, H-24, heptamul
  • Toxic waste and other industrial waste.
  • “Cock brand” insecticide: Double Cock brand, Cock brand superior containing DDT, as per Ministerial Decision No 008/MINDIC/CAB dd 2/3/2000
  • Non iodized salt
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Wheat flour from Nigeria (importation suspended)
  • Bovine mean of European origin (importation suspended)
  • The products or equipment, whenever using substances which impoverish the ozone layer
  • Pharmaceutical product INTETRIX P GRANULES (importation suspended)
  • Pharmaceutical products including phenolphthalein (Mucinum, Purganol)

Import Cargo:

Shippers must obtain a BESC/ECTN from the CNCC in the country of origin prior to loading cargo. The Bill of Lading must state the BESC/ECTN number. The document can be obtained up to 5 days after the vessels arrival date however a penalty up to 50% of the initial BESC/ECTN amount may be applied.

Part Shipments:

Subject to Pre-shipment Inspection if total order value is above minimum order value.

Documents Required:

Final invoice (must show FOB, freight and the total value of goods), Packing List and Bill of Lading. You can submit documents directly to the Cameroon BESC provider

Goods Exempted from Pre-Shipment Inspection:

  • Live animals
  • Objects of art, precious stones/ metals and gold
  • Imports with a total order FOB value below CFA 2,000,000
  • Used tourism motor vehicles
  • Used personal and household effects
  • Explosives and pyrotechnic products
  • Non-commercial parcel post and commercial samples
  • Current newspapers and periodicals
  • Gifts and imports for Diplomatic entities and for United Nation organisations or their own use in Cameroon
  • Imports made by the Cameroon Army and security services
  • Imports authorised under Free Zone Regime
  • Crude oil and equipment used for oil drilling and working Donations from foreign governments or international organisations to foundations, welfare and philanthropic organisations recognized of public interest.

Restricted Imports:

Cameroon, Africa

  • Sea or bred fish, crustaceans and molluscs
  • Alimentary perpetrations for other animals (see code 2309.90.00 of Cameroon Customs Tariff Book)
  • Edible meat
  • Medicated soaps
  • Medicines (see codes to of Cameroon Customs Tariff Book)
  • Prepared explosives, other than propellant powders; pyrotechnic articles, beacon rocks
  • Transmitter-receivers and other receivers
  • Precious substances such as platinum, gold, sapphire etc
  • Weapons and war ammunition
  • Radioactive substances (thorium, detorium, uranium etc) and equipment which contains radioactive elements
  • Medicine for veterinary purposes (licenced)
  • Pharmaceutical products (licenced)
  • Order No. 0064 of 12/05/95 and the list of controlled substances under the Montreal Protocol
  • Second-hand vehicles not subjected to PSI. They are under the CIVIO Program
  • Salt maximum iodine (100ppm or 100 mg/kg)
  • Wheat flour: must confirm to norms specificed in Decree 27/MINDIC/DPPC dated 1st March 1994