Export to Ghana

Export to Ghana

Ghana is Africa’s secret success story: the country is politically and economically stable with an average 5 per cent GDP growth since the 1990s.

A Commonwealth member with a large diaspora in the UK, Ghana has strong historical and cultural ties to Britain. The countries have targeted closer economic cooperation, with concrete results: UK exports to Ghana rose 21 per cent from 2011 to 2012. In November 2013, the British Government included Ghana in its ‘High Level Prosperity Partnerships in Africa’ programme to further drive long-term trade and investment.

Sources: GOV.UK, IMF, UKTI

For more detailed information when trading with Ghana, download our Ghana Fact Sheet.



Ghana Fact Sheet (757 KB)

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information about Ghana

DHL Facts

Locations: 23

Gateways into the Country: 1

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 38

Ghana: Country Profile
Population: 25.2 million Exports from
US$ 13.54 billion (2012 est.)
Area: 238,533 sq km Export Commodities: Oil, gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds, horticultural products
Currency: 1 cedi (GHS) = 100 pesewa Top Export Destinations: USA, Nigeria, Germany, Cote d’Ivoire, UK, China, Belgium, Hong Kong, South Africa
GDP: US$ 82.65 billion (2012 est.) IMPORTS INTO GHANA
Time Zones: UTC / GMT No daylight savings time observed Imports into
US$ 17.76 billion (2012 est.)
Languages: Asante, Ewe, Fante, Boron (Brong), Dagomba, Dangme, Dagarte (Dagaba), Akyem, Ga, Akuapem, other (includes English (official)) Import Commodities: Capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs
Ethnic Groups: Akan 47.5%, Mole-Dagbon 16.6%, Ewe 13.9%, Ga-Dangme 7.4%, Gurma 5.7%, Guan 3.7%, Grusi 2.5%, Mande-Busanga 1.1%, other 1.6% Top Import Origins: Capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Ghana to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Destination Non-Dutiable Shipment Dutiable Shipment
Accra 3 days 3 days
Kumasi 5 days 5 days
Obuasi 5 days 5 days
Cape Coast 5 days 5 days
Tamale 5 days 5 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Ghana. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

    Calls to DHL UK phone numbers beginning ‘084’ cost 7 pence per minute, plus your phone company’s

  • Duty Free Allowance

    All shipments are subject to duty and taxes as Ghana Customs do not offer a duty free allowance. 

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Ghana use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

Where permits or certificates are required, the receiver must obtain import approval before clearance.

Prohibited items specific to Ghana:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Precious metals & stones

Restricted items specific to Ghana:

Alcoholic beverages, computer components, parts and software, electronic games & equipment, measuring apparatus including LPG cylinders & accessories, medical samples, medical or dental supplies & equipment, machine & electronic parts, non-hazardous chemicals, including chemicals and allied products, perishables, phones or modems, radar equipment – transmitters or receivers, telecommunication equipment, televisions, television equipment, including all electrical appliances, products & cables and toys
Ghana’s Ministry of Trade considers these items to be high risk. Items must be accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis/Conformance issued by a laboratory and will be subject to a visual inspection prior to Customs clearance.

Artwork, including drawings / proofs / layouts, catalogues, credit cards & credit card blanks (NI), labels, microfiche & microfilm and negatives, including x-rays and films
Only 1 item permitted per shipment.

Blank forms, hardback or paperback books, for non-commercial use, magazines and periodicals & journals
Maximum weight: 10 kg (22 lb). 

Communications equipment
Receiver must obtain an authorisation letter from the National Communications Authority before Customs clearance can be completed.

Drugs: Prescription and non-prescription
Receiver must obtain approval from the Food & Drug Board.

Not accepted as documents when shipped from the US; send as goods..

Tapes: Video cassettes
Film title must be stated on cassette.

Technical manuals
Receiver must obtain authorisation letter from the National Communications Authority before clearance can be completed.

Used items
Regarded as high risk – will be subject to inspection and certification.

For x-ray machines, please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.