May 23, 2024


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International Shipping to Ghana? Learn More About Sea Shipping to Ghana From USA

Situated in West Africa and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Ghana is recognized as a leading producer of cocoa and gold. For those shipping to Ghana, the country’s largest port is the Port of Tema.

The Port of Tema is has 12 berths, a harbor for fishing and a dry dock. Other shipping ports in Ghana include the Port of Takoradi, the Port of Elmina and the Port of Saltpond.

If you are shipping to Ghana, you will need to get required documents in order. Documents required for shipping to Ghana include:

  • Passport
  • Letter of Transfer from your employer (if applicable)
  • Ghana Customs Form C.12
  • Complete Inventory (written in English, with values, dated, and signed)
  • PUBD Form (“Personal Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration”) to be filled out at airport of arrival.

Please note: failure may cause penalty and delay

If you are shipping used household goods to Ghana, your cargo must arrive within 12 months of your own arrival in the country.

Duty Free Shipping to Ghana

In terms of duty fees, you are allowed to ship used household goods duty free as long as you have owned these items for at least 6 months before shipping. In addition, in order to qualify for duty free shipping you must plan to continue using your household items and not resell them.

For those interested in shipping used electrical appliances to Ghana, you can ship one used electrical appliance per family to Ghana duty free. If you are interested in shipping multiple of the same type of used appliance, you will likely be expected to pay duty fees and taxes.

Restricted Items when Shipping to Ghana

If you are shipping to Ghana, newer items that are less than six months older are subject to certain duty fees. You are also not allowed to bring large amounts of food. If you are shipping medications to Ghana, you need to have a prescription unless the items you are shipping are for first aid purposes.

If you are shipping new electrical items to Ghana, your cargo shipment will be subject to customs duties and taxes.

Prohibited Items when Shipping to Ghana

If you are shipping to Ghana, please note that certain items are not allowed or are carefully restricted. If you want to ship firearms and weapons to Ghana, you will be required to receive special licensure and permits. This includes providing:

  1. Proof of ownership
  2. Import License
  3. Police Withdrawal Permit
  4. License from Ministry of Interior

Items that you are not allowed to ship to Ghana include:

  • Drugs
  • Pornographic material
  • Explosives
  • Counterfeit money
  • Alcohol and other spirits are prohibited and should be sent separately

Shipping a Vehicle to Ghana

If you are interested in international shipping to Ghana, there is some important information you should know in advance before you ship a vehicle. First of all, only left-hand drive cars are allowed to be shipped to Ghana. There is also a size limit on the cars that you can ship to Ghana with duty fees increasing based on vehicle size.

Further, if you are shipping a vehicle to Ghana, it is possible that you will be required to be present during the customs clearance process. If you are shipping a car that is older than five years, you will also be subject to a graduated penalty, according to the year the car was made.

There is some important paperwork required for car shipping to Ghana. This includes:

  • Customs Form C.12/SAD
  • Proof of vehicle ownership, i.e. Insurance Certificate, Vehicle Registration Card
  • Original Purchase Invoice for the Vehicle

Bringing a Pet to Ghana

Are you moving to Ghana or returning to the country after having been away for a while? It is possible that you may want to bring a pet with you to Ghana. If you are bringing a pet to Ghana, you will need to be present during the customs clearance process.

You will also need to provide proof of inoculation from a registered and qualified veterinarian. As is customary for pet shipping to many countries, it is likely that a quarantine period will be required in a licensed kennel in Ghana. Once the quarantine period for your animal is complete, you will be issued an import license.

There are a lot of details involved in shipping overseas to Ghana or to other countries worldwide. If you are interested in learning more about international shipping to Ghana or to some other region, contact an experienced and dependable cargo shipping company for guidance and a free freight quote.