Buying or SellingGhanaian ProductsCompaniesShipping/LogisticsResources
Inquiry ListMy AkomaHelp
Home » Business Info » Trade Forms
Country Statistics
Country Profile
Export Guides
Export Authorities
Trade Forms
Exporting from the UK
International Agencies

Featured Trade Shows
Trade Forms
LEGAL DOCUMENT - Export & Import Act 1995, Act 503

There are two types of Exports

     1. Cocoa Beans
     2. Logs and Lumber
     3. Unprocessed gold (Bullion) and other minerals
     4. Electricity
     5. Fresh Fish

Non-Traditional Exports

All other goods besides the traditional exports.


1. 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
6. Invoice
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 Standards Board.
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 Export Office
3. Instruction for Dispatch of Goods (IDG) from the Airline
4. Packing List
5. Invoice
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 Coco board
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 Items

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, Kente Bracelet.


1. Goods prohibited by any law in Ghana;
2. Narcotics;
3. Parrots;
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.

Please go to this link for more

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


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


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 List.



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, Exemptions, etc.).


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:

'SCANCO' GSL office at the Harbour for scanning of the containers
'LR/RE' SHED 10 for CEPS Examination or immediate release
'GSBV MN' GSBV office at SHED 2 for mandatory GSBV inspection
'HIGH RISK' SHED 10 for CEPS Examination

After satisfactory process (point 4 above), CEPS will release your Out-of-charge document.
You then obtain a GATEWAY PASS from GSBV if they inspected your cargo, or GSL for the other clearance channels.


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


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;


About Us | | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Contact us
© All Right Reserved.Akoma International (UK) Limited 2005