DOCUMENT - Export & Import Act 1995, Act 503
There are two types of Exports:
1. Cocoa Beans
Logs and Lumber
3. Unprocessed gold (Bullion)
and other minerals
5. Fresh Fish
All other goods besides the traditional exports.
REQUIREMENTS FOR NON - TRADITIONAL EXPORTS
Register with the Ghana Export Promotion Council
2. Obtain Bank of Ghana Exchange Control Form A2 from the Bank
of Ghana or any of the accredited Commercial Banks.
3. Complete CUSTOMS BILL OF ENTRY popularly known as the
Single Administrative Document (S.A.D.) Form.
4. Instruction for Dispatch of Goods (IDG) from the Airline
5. Packing list
7. Get the requisite permit/Certificates as follows:-
(i) Cocoa Beans - Fumigation and Quality
Assurance Certificate from
Quality Control Division
of Coco board.
(ii) Logs and Lumber- Permit From Forest Products
Inspection Bureau (FPIB)
(iii) Minerals - Permit from Minerals Commission
(iv) Fresh Fish - Quality Assurance Certificate from Ghana
8. Obtain Certificate of Origin from Ghana Chamber of Commerce.
· EUR 1 Certificate to ACP countries
· Generalised System of Preference (GSP) Form to the United States
and Non-ACP countries
NB: The Ban on the export of round or square logs is still in force.
Requirements For Non-Traditional Exports
1. Register with the Ghana Export Promotion Council
2. Obtain a Non-Traditional Export Form for ¢3,000 a set from CEPS
3. Instruction for Dispatch of Goods (IDG) from the Airline
4. Packing List
6. Certificate of Origin
* EUR 1 Certificate to ACP Countries
* Generalised System of Preference (GSP) Form
to the United States and Non-ACP Countries
7. Requisite Permits / Certificates as follows:-
|Processed Fish - Quality Assurance Certificate from
Ghana Standard Board
|Manufactured/Pro - do -
|Coffee; sheanuts, Cashew nuts - Quality Control Certificate from
|Food/Agricultural Produce - eg. Yam, Pineapples, Plantain, banana,
beans, gari, etc. Phytosanitary Certificate from Plant Quarantine
Section of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)
|Rock and rock samples - Geological Survey Department
|Scraps - Police Report
|Game, reptiles, etc - Permit from the Department of Game and Wildlife
|Pets - Veterinary Service permit from (MOFA)
|Chemicals - Environmental Protection Agency Certificate
|Pharmaceuticals - Permit from Ministry of Health
| Human Remains - Death Certificate from Birth & Deaths Registry
A Permit is not needed to Export The Following
Art Work of contemporary conception, design and Production: Paintings,
Carvings and Sculptures made of Wood, Fabric, Metal, Stone and Jewellery.
All types of Baskets made of Straw (Bolga), Wicket, Rattan, Palm, Branch
Strips, Slat, Bast Fiber, etc. of recent manufacture. Articles made of
Straw Raffan, Kenaf, Bamboo, Raffia and Willow.
Drums and Musical Instruments, examples:
Drums, Xylophones, Flutes, Maracas, Castanets (Thumb Bells), Musical Instruments
of contemporary production and manufacture. Garments of all types and
made from all kinds of material, clearly of contemporary design and fabrication.
Footwear - Sandals, Shawls, Leggings, Boots in Leather of other fabrics
- contemporary design and production. Leather goods of contemporary production.
Print - Type simulated Kente, and all objects made of it, such as Hand
Bags, Purses, Jackets, Anoraks, etc. Woven Kente of recent manufacture
in all forms of usage and applications, from neckties through traditional
wear outfits. All items of the Royalty and Chiefly regalia. Kente accessories,
Kente Strips, KenteStoles, Kente Bags, Kente Head Bands, Kente Earings,
Kente Ties and Cummerbands, Kente Garments, Kente Footwear, Kente Caps,
1. Goods prohibited by any law in Ghana;
4. Ghanaian currency in excess of ¢5,000.00
1. All antiques (need a permit from Museums and Monuments Board);
2. Precious Minerals (Precious Minerals Marketing Corporation);
3. Wildlife (Department of Game and Wildlife);
4. Live Plants (Ministry of Agriculture);
5. Dangerous Weapons (Ministry of Interior).
For the purposes of procedure and documentation, goods for export have
been categorized into two broad areas, textile and non-textile articles.
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The Textile Certificate of Origin and VISA Regulations are on sale at
the Kotoka International Airport, Tema Port and the Takoradi Port.
For all enquiries, members of the public may contact the following:
Deputy Commissioner Operations - -CEPS , Headquarters
AGOA Desk - -CEPS , Headquarters (R. 21)
Export Officers -CEPS , Tema, Takoradi and K.I.A
Destination Inspection Scheme (DIS)
The Destination Inspection Scheme (DIS) replaced the Pre-shipment Inspection
in April 2000 under the DIS; inspection of imports is at the port of clearance.
The scheme has been put in place to:
- facilitate trade
- provide an efficient verification of import
- check revenue loss by providing an impartial assessment of the duties
and taxes to be collected
- limit the opportunities for fraud, fiscal evasion and price discrimination
1. IDF SUBMISSION
Submit your IDF (Import Declaration Form) to Gateway Services Limited
(GSL) 21 days before arrival of the goods, along with the Proforma Invoice,
Supplementary Information Document (SID) and Tax Identification Number
(TIN) Certificate. The SID form is available at GSL.
You can also raise your IDF with the final Invoice, if available
within a reasonable time frame before the goods arrive. It would
facilitate the FCVR drafting
2. FINAL DOCUMENTS SUBMISSION TO GSL
The Final Documents must be submitted 10 days prior to the arrival of
the goods. They are the Final Invoice, Bill of Lading and the Packing
NO PACKING LIST - NO SCANNING
3. THE CUSTOMS ENTRY
After collection of your Final Classification and Valuation Report FCVR
from GSL, lodge your Single Administrative Document (SAD) with CEPS at
the Long Room along with all supporting documents (Invoice, B/L, FCVR,
4. AT THE HARBOUR
After processing at the Long Room, your entry will be dispatched to the
Harbour to various locations, depending upon the Computerised Risk Management
System (CRMS) Level quoted on your FCVR, as follows:
||GSL office at the Harbour for scanning of the containers
||SHED 10 for CEPS Examination or immediate release
||GSBV office at SHED 2 for mandatory GSBV inspection
||SHED 10 for CEPS Examination
After satisfactory process (point 4 above), CEPS will release your Out-of-charge
You then obtain a GATEWAY PASS from GSBV if they inspected your cargo,
or GSL for the other clearance channels.
5. THE GPHA WAYBILL
Last step of the process, present your released Out-of-Charge to GPHA
to obtain a WAYBILL as proof of payment of all port charges.
The description of the goods must be
extremely clear and explicit to avoid delays. IDF's with insufficient
descriptions to allow proper customs valuation and classification
will not be accepted by GSL
|An Incomplete Description'One used Peugeot 405"
A comprehensive descriptionOne used Peugeot 405 Mi16Year
1990 - Mileage 110000km
PROCEDURE FOR CLEARANCE OF GOODS
The Importer or Agent completes the Single Administrative Form (SAD and
attaches all relevant documents to the Ghana Shippers Council, Internal
Revenue Service and the Ministry of Trade and Industry who are all under
the same roof at the port of entry, for endorsement.
The SAD is then presented alongside other documents to the Customs Long
Room where the documents pass through these processes:
· Bill of Entry is checked;
· Duties paid;
· Data captured by computer;
· Duty receipt issued;