FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 5 SECTIONS (1&2) OF THE ECOWAS PROTOCOL A/P.1/5/79 RELATING TO FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS, RESIDENCE AND ESTABLISHMENT
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) will start the full implementation of Article 5 of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on the FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS, RESIDENCE AND ESTABLISHMENT (Protocol A/P.1/5/79) from 1st May, 2019.
Article 5 (1) and (2) of the Protocol states that a citizen of a member state may enter the territory of another Member State and remain there for a period of not more than (90) days with a private vehicle and not more than 15 days for a commercial vehicle registered in the territory of a Member State (where he/she resides), upon the presentation of the following documents to the competent authority of the other Member states.
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority will from 1st May, 2019 enforce all the provisions of the above requirements at all approved borders of the country.
Any vehicle that is not covered with any of the above documents will not be admitted into the country.
Vehicles that satisfy the other requirements but fail to produce an International Customs Carnet recognized in the sub region, may however, deposit the duty element of the vehicle in lieu of the Customs carnet before being admitted into the country.
The amount deposited will be returned to the owner if the vehicle exits at the point of entry at the given date of expiry or within the authorized period of stay.
Failure of the owner to exit the vehicle within the authorized period will not only lead to the forfeiture of the amount deposited, but may also lead to the seizure of the vehicle or the prosecution of the owner or both.