Preliminaries to clearance

The routing in Customs

It covers all mesures allowing a perfect routing of imported merchandises towards the appropriate customs office or station. Customs routing formalities vary according to the means of transport.

Transport by seaway

Merchandises to be transported by seaway to Senegal are registered in a document called « manifesto » which is signed and dated by the ship's captain. The latter has to present it to the customs services upon first requisition when the boat enters the sea area of the customs' radius.

The Manifesto is handed within the 24 hours following the ship's arrival, sundays and holidays are not included.

Transport by airway

Just as for the transport by sea, merchandises transported by airway should be listed in a signed manifesto by the aircraft captain. It is handed to customs office services as soon as the airplane arrives or, if it lands before the opening of the customs office, as soon as the latter opens.

Ground transport 

All merchandise imported through ground borders should be routed towards the next customs office by a roadway called "legal road", designated by Ministerial ruling.

The transporter of the merchandise should hand the roadmap (which serves as the manifesto) to the first customs office or post, who will list the transported goods.

Going through customs

As soon as they enter the customs territory, the imported goods go through take over formalities, in order not to let them escape from customs surveillance and preventthem to be unlawfully sold on the market without clearance.

Going through customs means presenting the transported merchandise and the deposit of the transporting document (manifesto, wholesale sheet, transit permit, etc.), which forms the summary declaration at the customs services.


GAINDE or the automatic management of customs information is a strategic platform of Senegalese customs, centered on the management of customs’ clearance. "GAINDE Integral" improves considerably the way of managing procedures. Thus people move from less paper topaperless or electronic processing,known as the dematerialization. This technological revolution in the customs’ Administration aims at great feats and better service for the public.


The ORBUS 2000 system is developed to make easier procedures of international trade by using electronic communication or exchanges. This allows interconnecting different stakeholders evolving in the international trade. The system is also based on technological infrastructure and a device of services.

The electronic payment of customs’ duties and assimilated taxes consists of giving to the economic operatorthe ability to pay the amount of customs’ duties from one’s work station, by charging an account opened in a commercial bank.