Senegal: Electronic CTN’s Mandatory from 1 March 2019

Budd’s Dakar office has provided us with this circular received from the Senegalese Council of Shippers and advising that from 1 March 2019, all cargoes imported into the country will have to be identified by an electronic Container Tracking Note (CTN) number or Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons (BESC).  Our translation of the circular is to be found here.

CTN’s can be purchased on COSEC’s dedicated portal:


COSEC’s website currently indicates the following pre-tax prices:

The shipper will be responsible for purchasing the CTN and ensuring that its number is shown on both the Bill of Lading and the cargo manifest.  If these conditions are not met, the shipper will face fines and increased costs.

It is also possible that shipowners will refuse to load cargo that does not have an electronic CTN number.

Information provided by Budd Senegal

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