Export Process

Typical Concerns:
  • How do I get cargo out of Ghana?
  • How do I estimate the cost of shipping?
  • What do I need to know about customs?
  • Freighting Exports

Most international trade will be facilitated by the use of air freight or boat freight. Air freight is much faster, but costs more. Cost is determined by the dimensions and weight of your cargo, and whether you are shipping by air or surface.

  • Freighting Companies

There are several reputable shipping companies that are well equipped to offer their services and will provide you with pricing quotes upfront. Use of a third party shipping company can eliminate much of the hassle related to customs. They are able to find the most competitive pricing, arrange for cargo insurance, and handle much of the paperwork. A considerable advantage to employing a shipping company is that they can navigate around several costly pitfalls and will not be taken advantage of. The key is to select a shipping company that will not take advantage of you.

  • Documents Required for Exporting

- Bank of Ghana Exchange Control Form A2 and Single Administration Document (traditional exports)
- Ghana Customs form (non-traditional exports)
- Ghana Customs form (non-traditional exports)
- Company Registration with Ghana Export Promotion Council
- Company Registration with the General’s Department
- Certificate of Origin (in some cases)

  • Export Duties

Cocoa beans and hydrocarbon oils are the primary commodities that are assessed export duties.

  • Exportation Procedures

All goods will be classified as either traditional or non-traditional exports. Traditional Exports include cocoa beans, logs, mineral ore, electricity, fish, and yams. Non-Traditional Exports are anything not listed as a traditional export.

For Traditional Exports:

  1. Obtain a Bank of Ghana Exchange Control A2 form from your bank
  2. Declare your goods and submit to Customs through GCNet or GCMS; attach all relevant permits or certificates.
  3. Declare your goods on the Customs Single Administration Document (SAD); attach all relevant permits or certificates.
  4. Once your declarations have been validated, present your goods for physical examination and exportation.

For Non-Traditional Exports:

  1. Purchase a set of Ghana Customs Non-Traditional Export forms at any customs post or from GCNet/GCMS.
  2. Declare your goods and submits to Customs for validation; attach all relevant documentation
  3. Once your declarations have been validated, present your goods for physical examination and exportation.

  • Restricted and Prohibited Exports

Some commodities are absolutely prohibited for exportation, such as narcotic drugs, parrots, Ghanaian currency in excess of 5,000 cedis, round logs (certain species), rattan cane and bamboo, defamatory or pornographic materials, or goods prohibited by Ghanaian law. Other commodities will require permits, licenses or certificates from the appropriate organization prior to exportation. Without proper approval, exportation of the follow goods violates Ghanaian law.

Departmental Approval
Regulated Commodities
Cocoa Marketing Board
Cocoa beans, coffee, Shea-nuts
Cashew nuts
Forestry Commission (TIDD)
Sawn lumber, timber & wood products
Minerals Commission
Mineral ore
Ghana Standards Board
Manufactured goods, fresh/processed fish
Phyto-Sanitary Certificate (PPRS)
Food/agriculture products
Geological Survey Department
Rock & rock samples
Department of Game & Wildlife
Museum & Monuments Board
Ministry of Health Certificate
Food and Drugs Board License
Environmental Protection Agency
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