Trading Across Borders in


Below is a detailed summary of the procedural requirements for exporting and importing a standardized cargo of goods. Documents associated with every official procedure are counted—from the contractual agreement between the 2 parties to the delivery of goods—along with the time necessary for completion.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 189 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2014.

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  • Port Name: Tema
  • City: Accra
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ Cost
Documents preparation 10 125
Customs clearance and inspections 4 150
Ports and terminal handling 3 100
Inland transportation and handling 2 500
Totals 19 875
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ Cost
Documents preparation 26 310
Customs clearance and inspections 5 450
Ports and terminal handling 7 100
Inland transportation and handling 3 500
Totals 41 1,360
Export documents
Bill of lading
BOG Foreign Exchange Declaration Form (FXD Form 4A)
Commercial Invoice
Customs export declaration
Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board (COCOBOD) Quality Assurance Certificate
Packing List
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Delivery Order
Final Classification and Valuation Report (FCVR)
Import declaration form (IDF)
Packing list
Proof of payment of customs duties

Note: Deflated and non-deflated values are identical in DB2015 because it is defined as the base year for the deflator.

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