These are individuals and/or entities who have been given the permit and/or license to operate as mediators between the Customs Division of GRA and importers and exporters to facilitate trade and to assist in the movement of goods to-and-from the territory of Ghana and other countries. They therefore, ensure that all the proper procedures are followed throughout the shipping process until the goods depart from Customs custody.
Customs House Agent (CHA), also called Customs Broker or Customs Clearing Agent is a person licensed to act as an agent for transaction of any business relating to the entry or departure of conveyances or the import or export of goods at a Customs-controlled area. In Ghana, CHA licenses are issued and overseen by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Freight forwarding is the high- efficiency method of shipping goods from one destination to another by way of various transport carriers, including sea, air, rail, and road. A freight forwarder is the representative who acts as an intermediary between a shipper and the shipper’s preferred transportation service carrier. Hiring a freight forwarder to import and export goods on your behalf can make the process much less daunting and stressful.
Shipping Agents are shipping companies or ship management companies that are in charge of transporting of goods from point A to point B. They provide the services of crewing, insurance (crew and vessel), quality and safety services including certification of the vessel (ISM and ISPS), purchasing (spare parts, lubricants, victuals, chemicals, etc.), employment of the vessel (chartering) and others.
Shipping companies may be owned and operated privately, publicly (government) or a combination of both in the form of partnership. Please see www.shippers.org.gh for more information.
When Importing goods into Ghana, these Customs Agents need to be employed at different points of the process to facilitate the shipping and clearing of goods. They are licensed and overseen by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
1 An application letter to Commissioner – General through the Commissioner of Customs, attaching all necessary documents as;
2Successful applicants shall complete Customs Form C for their interface premises connected to the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) and licence for operation issued.
3A letter of introduction will be forwarded to the Collection where they will be operating to formally introduce the agent to them.