Note: It is important that you initially enquire with your respective freight forwarder on what items are prohibited/restricted on their carriers (both air & sea) to each country destination. There may also be additional documentation, duties and specific licenses required for certain goods. For items, less than 10kg it may be best to use a reliable parcel delivery service rather than a freight forwarder.
Ghana was the UK’s fifth largest export market in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014, with the UK as one of the country’s largest foreign investors. Top UK goods exports vary from beverages to electrical appliances.
How long does it take for goods to arrive?
For most countries in Africa, it usually takes between 3-6 weeks (may depend on type of service e.g. door-to-door or door-to-port) for goods to arrive at their respective destinations by sea freight. Shipments to Tema will naturally arrive faster than to Kumasi as the sea port is located Tema. Air freight takes between 2-10 days. This again hinges on whether an express or economy service is selected and the type of delivery (door-to-door, door-to-airport etc) amongst others. Deliveries to Accra may be faster as there are more frequent Air Cargo flights to the city.
How much would it cost to send goods?
This largely depends firstly on the type of transport mode chosen for shipment. As Air freight is much faster than sea. This is reflected in prices. Type of service and destination also play a significant factor in price charged. A door to port service will have a lower collection rate than a door to door however you will have to get an agent in Ghana to arrange custom clearance and delivery to your final destination. Destinations closer to either Air or Sea ports will attract a lower charge per kg, as it takes less mileage to get goods to final point.
What can you send?
When shipping to Ghana, it’s important to know that the agency in charge of import duties and taxes is the Ghana Customs Division. Absolute prohibitions into Ghana include Narcotics, Stamps and Coffee (raw). Some items can come into the country with the required licensing and forms. Such restrictions include diamonds, movies, animal and Plants. Full list can be found on the customs guide.
What documents do I need?
Addressing parcels to Ghana is quite straightforward. Documents required for shipments usually include:
- A customs invoice/ packing list form
- Air Waybill (Air Freight)
You can find further information on exporting and doing business in Ghana on the UK Department of International Trade: Ghana Guide