A BESC (Bordereau Électronique de Suivi de Cargaison) certificate is required for all shipments going to Cameroon.

Shipping Ports in Cameroon

  • ​Douala

To know more about shipping to Douala, Cameroon, contact us directly

Pre-Shipment Inspection for Cameroon

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.

Information and documents required for creating an BESC

  • ​Bill of Lading (Draft B/L is allowed) 
  • ​Transaction number starting with PRxxxxxx (provided by importer)
  • ​NIF number (provided by importer)
  • ​Commercial invoice / currency must be mentioned in USD or EURO
  • ​Freight invoice in the same currency (not needed in case the freight charges are mentioned on the commercial invoice)
  • ​Phone number and email address of shipper and consignee
  • ​ETS & ETA
  • ​Country of Origin of the goods

Additional information for BESC Certificate

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.

Shipping Goods Exempted from Cameroon BESC Certificate

  • ​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.

Prohibited Goods for Import to Cameroon

  • ‘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)

Restrictive Goods Shipping to Cameroon

  • Sea or bred fish, crustaceans and molluscs
  • Alimentary perpetration 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

Charges for Cameroon BESC Certificate

For creating a BESC certificate for Cameroon different rates are applicable. This depends on the Port of Loading and type of shipment, like LCL,  FCL,  Breakbulk or RORO.

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