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CUSTOMS EXCISE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICE (CEPS)
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Customs Division is mandated by Government to collect duties on all imports and exports. They promote the protection of revenue through the prevention of smuggling of goods across Ghana's borders. In addition, the Customs Division is a member of Ghana's security services. Thus, they have responsibility to protect the boundaries of Ghana by preventing external aggression and maintaining the territorial integrity of Ghana. Import and export restrictions and prohibitions are supervised by the Customs Division. For further information visit: www.gra.gov.gh
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:
Exports are grouped into two main categories - traditional exports and non-traditional exports.
Commodities that are grouped under Traditional Export are:
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.
UNIPASS-Ghana operates an electronic integrated customs management system (ICUMS) for processing trade and customs documents in Ghana. This network managed by Ghana Revenue Authority, facilitates the clearance of cargo from the Port. This service helps to reduce illegalities in tax payent an collection. The system provides complete audit trail on all imports and exports through the Port. For guidance visit: https://stakeholders.unipassghana.com/how-to
Clearing and Forwarding Agencies
Port of Takoradi has available experienced and dedicated clearing and forwarding agents for the professional handling of all cargoes through the Port. For further information , the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders can be contacted through their email and website at: