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.
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Gateways into the Country: 1
DHL Delivery Zone: 10
Vehicle Fleet: 38
|Ghana: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Accra||EXPORTS FROM GHANA|
|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|
|The times provided for
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|
Where permits or certificates are required, the receiver must obtain import approval before clearance.
The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.
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).
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.
Receiver must obtain authorisation letter from the National Communications Authority before clearance can be completed.
Regarded as high risk – will be subject to inspection and certification.
For x-ray machines, please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.