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Import Procedures

When importing goods into Ghana, you must ensure that after your goods have been shipped, you follow the right procedures with the requirements for clearing them.

With the assistance of a Customs Agent, you will be able to successfully import your goods following the procedures below:

Requirements

This section covers the documents required before imported goods can be cleared in Ghana. Ensure you have the under-listed documents available before or at the time your imported goods arrive at the ports of Ghana to facilitate the clearing process.
  • Original waybill or Bill of Lading
  • Attested invoice
  • Packing list
  • Import Declaration Form (IDF) from Ministry of Trade
  • Taxpayer identification number (TIN) from GRA
  • Required permit(s) from any of the regulatory agencies, dependent on the type of goods. i.e. Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), etc.

Procedure

This section describes the procedures you must follow before you can successfully clear your goods.
  • Submit declaration in Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) front end by the clearing agent which must include all the above requirements before or after the arrival of the goods.
  • The ICUMS will process the declaration in the following stages:
    • Classification
    • Valuation
    • Approval
  • Pay duties and taxes at the participating banks if the declaration is successfully processed through the ICUMS using the tax bill generated. This is done by the Clearing Agent and the duty to be paid is dependent on the cost of the goods, type of goods and rates specified for the goods.
  • Verify declaration then select the examination officer through ICUMS.
  • Tax bill received from the bank is presented to the examination officer or scanning officer or releasing officer at exit gate depending on the risk levels with different color indications:
    • Red – Mandatory physical examination.
    • Yellow – Digital scan.
    • Green – Released at the gate but scanned automatically on the way out of MPS port.
  • Goods positioned for physical examination which were already scanned, are examined upon discharge.
  • Convey released goods to the exit gate for a security check accompanied by the waybill.