Import and Export
- Export & Import Act 1995, Act 503
There are two types of Exports: Traditional and Non Traditional
Traditional Exports are:
1. Cocoa Beans
2. Logs and Lumber
3. Unprocessed gold (Bullion) and other minerals
5. Fresh Fish
All other goods besides the traditional exports.
REQUIREMENTS FOR 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
7. Get the requisite permit/Certificates as follows:-
(i) Cocoa Beans - Fumigation and Quality Assurance Certificate from
Quality Control Division of Cocobod.
(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.
4. 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
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
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:-
(i) Processed Fish - Quality Assurance Certificate from Ghana Standard Board
(ii) Manufactured/Pro - do -
(iii) Coffee; sheanuts, Cashew nuts - Quality Control Certificate from Cocobod
(iv) Food/Agricultural Produce - eg. Yam, Pineapples, Plantain, banana, beans, gari, etc. - Phytosanitary Certificate from Plant Quarantine Section of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)
(v) Rock and rock samples - Geological Survey Department
(vi) Scraps - Police Report
(vii) Game, reptiles, etc - Permit from the Department of Game and Wildlife
(viii) Pets - Veterinary Service permit from (MOFA)
(ix) Chemicals - Environmental Protection Agency Certificate
(x) Pharmaceuticals - Permit from Ministry of Health
(xi) Human Remains - Death Certificate from Birth & Deaths Registry
You Don't Need A Permit To Export These Items
Art Work of contemporary conception, design and Production: Paintings, Carvings and Sculptures made of Wood, Fabric, Metal, Stone and Jewelry.
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, KenteFootwear, Kente Caps, Kente Bracelet.
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).
AGOA PORT PROCEDURES
The African Growth & Opportunity Act currently accords over 7,000 products exported from eligible 35 Sub Saharan Countries (including Ghana) preferential tariff treatment, i.e., duty-free and quota free. The only condition under this non-reciprocal Trade Agreement is that such goods ought to be certified by Customs Authorities as goods, which are truly products of Ghana.
Since 20th March 2002 Ghana has been approved to receive the textile and apparel benefits under the AGOA after having established an effective VISA System. Prior to the approval CEPS had brought into force new Regulations to support the VISA System, i.e., Commissioner’s Order No1 of January 30th, 2002.
Procedures at the Port
Under the Regulations new procedures have been outlined to regulate exports of specified textile articles.
Currently goods being exported to the U.S under the AGOA pass through three main ports that is, Kotoka International Airport (Cargo Section), Tema Port and Takoradi Port.
For the purposes of procedure and documentation, goods for export have been categorized into two broad areas, textile and non-textile articles.
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