Port Processes, Import Clearance and Export Procedure


  • Customs,
  • Shipping Agents,
  • Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
  • Customs House Agents,
  • Receipt/Delivery service Provider
  • Nick TC Scan
  • Food and Drugs Board (FDA)
  • Ghana Standards Authority (GSA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Vetinary Services
  • Port Health
  • Plant Quarantine


  • Original bill of lading (B/L)
  • Attested invoice
  • Import declaration form (IDF)
  • Customs classification and valuation report (CCVR)
  • Tax clearance certificate (TCC)
  • Tax payers identification (TIN) number
  • Delivery order
  • Permits and licences


  • Shipping Lines
  • Shipping Lines
  • Shipping Lines
  • Ghana Revenue Authority ( Customs Division)
  • Ghana Revenue Authority ( Customs Division)
  • Shipping Line
  • Issued  by the following regulatory agencies where required:
    Food And Drugs Board, Ghana Standards Authority Environmental Protection Agency Customs Chemists


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;

  • 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.
Please click below for the import procedures


Exports are grouped into two main categories - traditional exports and non-traditional exports.


Commodities that are grouped under Traditional Export are:

  • Cocoa Beans
  • Logs
  • Mineral Ore (e.g. Unprocessed gold)
  • Electricity
  • 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.

Please click below for the export procedures

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