A BSC (Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison) certificate is required for all shipments going to Mali.

Shipping Ports in Mali

  • ​Bamako

Pre-Shipment Inspection for Mali

Pre-Shipment Inspections are required for cargo being shipped to Mali as mandated by the Ministère de l Economie et des Finances and Ministère de l Industrie et du Commerce. This is undertaken in the port of load (POL) country for the purpose of customs clearance.

Information and documents required for creating an BSC Certificate

  • ​Bill of Lading (Final B/L for validation) 
  • ​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)
  • ​Export Customs document
  • ​Phone number from shipper and consignee
  • ​ETS + ETA
  • ​Country of Origin of the goods

Shipping Goods Exempted from Mali BSC Certificate

  • ​Live animals
  • ​Scrap metal
  • ​Wood
  • ​Fertilizers
  • ​Plants, seeds and flowering products
  • ​Current newspapers and periodicals, fiscal stamps and postal stamps, bank notes, cheque books, credit cards and stamped paper
  • ​Cinematographic films – exposed and developed
  • ​Sera, vaccines
  • ​Crude oil
  • ​Postal parcels and commercial samples
  • ​Personal effects and domestic used items, including one used vehicle
  • ​Personal gifts, donations (except donations to private persons or private entities), bona fide gifts, supplies to diplomatic, consular missions and supplies to United Nations Organisations for their own use in Mali
  • ​ Imports ordered by the public administration for their own account
  • ​Vehicles of heading 8701 to 8705 and 8716
  • ​Precious metals, precious stones and objects of art
  • ​Goods with a total FOB value under XOF 3,000,000
  • ​Explosives and pyrotechnic products
  • ​Ammunitions and weapons other than those for sport and/or hunting, equipment and materials ordered by the army for its own use

Prohibited Goods Imported to Mali 

  • Food products containing potassium bromate
  • Potassium bromate
  • Chemicals containing at least one of the following products: aldrine, endrine, dieldrine, heptaclore, chlordane, mirex, hexachlorobenzene, toxaphene, polychlorobiphenyles (‘PCB’)
  • Oil and products containing polychlorobiphenyles (‘PCB’)
  • Alcoholic beverages in plastic bags
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Toxic waste
  • All foreign products natural or manufactured, mentioning on any part of the packaging, labelling or on the product itself, a brand or commercial name, any sign or indication whatsoever which might lead believe that the product was made in Mali or is of Malian origin
  • All goods whose origin is or which are shipped from Israel
  • Pesticides if not approved by the Authorities
  • Live bovines and their meat products (sausages, corned-beef, ham, tinned meat, meat cubes, meat), as well as animal food made from bones, blood and meat

Restrictive Goods Shipping to Mali 

  • Importation of non-ionized salt, not destined to human consumption: authorization from the concerned authorities
  • Importation of explosives and pyrotechnic products: authorization from the concerned authorities
  • Importations of cyanide: authorization from the Ministry of health or the Ministry of Mines
  • Products that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer (substances containing chlorine or bromine, CFC and HCFC): authorization from the Ministry in charge of the Environment
  • Importations of cigarettes, tobacco and matches: authorisation from the Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Weapons and ammunition: authorized by the concerned authorities
  • Importation of meat other than bovine and game products: presentation of the certificate of origin and the sanitary certificate
  • Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (‘DDT’): authorization from the Ministry of Environment
  • Importation of fishing nets with fine meshing (smaller than 50mm): authorization from the Ministry of Water and Forest
  • All medicines for human use: authorisations from the Ministry of Public Health
  • All medicines for veterinary use: authorization from both Ministry of Health and Ministry in charge of stock breeding

Charges for Mali BSC Certificate

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

Additional Information about BSC

It is not possible to create a BSC number for Mali on forehand. The BSC number will be provided after validation of the BSC. For Mali it is not mandatory to mention a BSC number on the Master Bill of Lading.

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