IMPORT CLEARANCE PROCESS
Customs clearance of cargo through the seaports involves dealing with a number of logistics service providers and governmental bodies in order to fulfil all contractual and tax obligations that might be associated with the import consignment. The agencies include Customs, the Port, other receipt delivery service providers, Shipping Lines and Agents.
Customs act 2015 act 891 section 43 enjoins all importers with the exception of Self-Declarants to engage the services of licensed Customs House Agents for the clearance of cargo at any freight station in Ghana.
The clearance process comprises;
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- Declaration of cargo data on to the GCNET
- Customs Document Verification, System Validation, cargo Classification and Valuation, Risk Assessment and quality assurance, payment of duty, cargo verification.
- Release by the Shipping Agent,
- Delivery by the port and other receipt delivery service providers
- Customs physical examination or scanning of cargo before cargo is allowed to exit the port.
Exports are grouped into two main categories - traditional exports and non-traditional exports.
Commodities that are grouped under Traditional Export are:
- Cocoa Beans
- Mineral Ore (e.g. Unprocessed gold)
- Fresh fish
- Fresh yam
N.B. This list could change depending on government policy.
Commodities that are grouped under Non-Traditional Exports are all commodities outside the Traditional Export List.
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The following resources can be found via the link below
- Duty rate calculator
- Used vehicle duty calculator
- Import classification tool and procedures
- Export classification tool and procedures