We boast lots of experience – more than 25 years in fact – with shipping containers of all sizes to Ghana from the USA, using our trusted method of shipment. We also have several shipping lines departing from all major USA ports for your ultimate convenience. Our shipped goods range from Consumer Goods to Capital Goods, plus we ship Automotive Vehicles (Cars, Parts, and Engines), Foods Feeds & Beverages and Industrial Supplies & Materials. We only ship for commercial purposes (Business-to-Business).
Here’s how it works:
Once you provide us with the location of the goods in question, along with the items you’re shipping and what size container you require, we can get the ball rolling on shipping a container to Ghana. Your total cost will vary depending on the above components, so we can give you a one-of-a-kind quote once we receive that information from your company. Rest easy though. After receiving our quote, if you place an order, we will hold off on charging your card until later; for now, we would simply authorize your credit card to ensure enough funds are in your account to cover the transaction. Once authorized, our truck driver arrives at the specified location with an empty container, which he then waits for the company to fill and seal the container. The next stop is the assigned departure port, where the driver brings the container for secure loading onto a ship bound for Ghana. Beforehand, help us out by mailing the original Bill of Sale to us, but don’t forget to have it notarized for our Customs clearance purposes. This Bill of Sale copy should be given to the truck driver, as well as our company-provided dock receipt. You are then free to make a payment to us via credit card, check, or bank transfer.
If it sounds easy, you couldn’t be more right. We handle most of the details so you don’t have to worry about them, from obtaining the necessary documents to meet export compliance standards, to providing timely, relevant information on container shipments to Ghana. By taking care of all your container shipping needs, you can spend your time on more productive pursuits: building your business. We not only assist your business in better managing shipment operations, we also provide quick, free quote forms to fill out to help us serve you better, plus we offer tracking for your shipment should you need it.
Information For USA Based Companies –
In the event your company decides to ship a container to Ghana, you need to ensure you get the proper license to export certain goods. If you are unsure whether a license is required, then we will be happy to provide you with that information once we get your fully filled-out quote form. Remember: import duties are to be paid by the importer, also known as the receiver, at the destination port when the product arrives.
While the United States Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible when it comes to enforcing laws and regulations for all goods exiting the USA, in many cases concerning certain goods, it places authority in other government agencies. One of these instances requiring a special license is a pharmaceutical company wishing to export prescription drugs. In these instances, as this would be a restricted good, licensing requirements would go through the lead agency for that particular good.
It’s easy to find agency information, phone numbers, and products requiring export licenses. Just explore the following websites to get the information you’re looking for: U.S. Department of Commerce (the most commonly used); Bureau of Industry and Security; Department of State; Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Office of Foreign Assets Control; and the Bureau of the Census. These sites and more should boast detailed information from related government agencies that hold export control responsibilities in this realm. Perhaps you would find the following site helpful: US Customs & Border Protection – Basic Importing and Exporting.
For people in the United States who are trying to help prospective customers in Ghana regarding import duty, call the Ghana Embassy in Washington, DC for the latest import duty information. This way you can help your customer be better prepared with the total cost (not just the actual shipping cost) of shipping a container to Ghana and they are not caught off guard.
If you’re trying to figure out how much it will cost you to ship a container to Ghana, simply click the big green “Get Rates” button to learn prices as well as export license requirements.
Information for Ghana Based Companies -
Importing goods may require a license for the Ghana Based Company. In some cases, criminal charges can happen when failure to obtain the appropriate license takes place, especially for restricted goods. Do your research to avoid any possible barriers to entry by being prepared in terms of import duties and/or permits. For people in Ghana who want to know more about Import Duty, Import VAT, and other taxes, please contact the Customs Division Office (Ghana Revenue Authority) nearest to you. Any Ghana citizen is encouraged to contact one of the offices.
USA-based companies don’t have to pay the import duty; the receiver pays this upon pickup of product at port.
Shipping Container Measurements – 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC
With our many years of container shipping experience, we have found that many customers simply don’t know which container to use. For this, we can provide guidance on which size container you may need for your shipment, whether it’s the 20ft, 40ft, or 40ft HC (High Container) container. Learn more by browsing our container dimensions here. Don’t forget to include container size on the price quote form to avoid delays in getting back to you with the correct cost. At your right, you’ll see what we mean about the height difference between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC. Over the years, we’ve found that our most common container sizes are the 20ft container and the 40ft HC to meet customers’ needs.
Marine Insurance – Protecting Your Product
For the best in protection, consider adding marine insurance to your shipment, even though it’s optional. So why should you do it? According to COGSA (Carriage of Goods by Sea Act), the person or company on the Bill of Lading is legally entitled to $500 if a product is broken or lost during transit. Knowing this, it makes sense to insure your shipment, as you don’t want to face receiving a $500 entitlement on a $100,000 (USD) piece of equipment, for example. Even though damage or loss doesn’t happen every day, don’t take the chance. And don’t forget to safely pack your products prior to loading, as you never really know just how rocky the seas will be. To prevent breakage, pack your fragile items very well. We can advise you on how much your marine insurance will cost, dependent on the value of your goods.
Take the time now to opt for marine insurance. It may save you money later!
Here is an aerial view of the shipping doc in Ghana
Please check to see if the African country you are shipping to requires a CTN – BSC – FERI (Loading certificates) Permit.
Above is an image of the Tema Shipping Port. This is what the port looks like and you can pick up your container shipment there. If you need to get a hold of the Tema shipping port authority, you can reach them at Tel: +233 (0) 303 204385 – 8. If you are in Ghana, contact your Customs Department to find what are the import duties for the product you are importing to Ghana.
|Arrival Port in Ghana|
|Tema Shipping Port, Ghana|
Why choose us over the competition?
We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a container to Ghana, both the sender and receiver should only work with a BBB Accredited business.
We are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select “Organization Name” and type in “Ship Overseas”. Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.
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