International traders or companies doing business with Ghanaian entities would recognize that under the trade facilitation reforms undertaken by the Government of Ghana, ports and customs procedures have been simplified and are rationalized and remote entry systems for customs declarations strengthened with many transactions dealt with electronically and expeditiously.

Destination Inspection Scheme (DIS) 

The Government of Ghana in April 2000, replaced the Pre-Shipment Inspection scheme with the Destination Inspection Scheme (DIS). The scheme has been put in place to:

  • facilitate trade;
  • provide an efficient verification of import; 
  • check revenue loss by providing an impartial assessment of the duties and taxes to be collected; and
  • limit the opportunities for fraud, fiscal evasion and price discrimination

The following import documents are required before clearance of goods at Ghana’s ports:

  • Bill of lading; 
  • Certificate of origin; 
  • Commercial invoice; 
  • Customs Packing list; 
  • Insurance bond;
  • Import declaration; and
  • Technical standard/health certificate

To expedite the clearance and shipping of goods and facilitate international trade, the Government of Ghana in December 2003 established an innovative electronic customs processing system known as the Ghana Community Network. The GC-Net system is made up of two main components:

  1. Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS) - intended to provide the Ghana Customs, Excise and Preventive Service with a fully integrated computerised system for the processing and management of Customs Declarations and related activities. This system is designed to work in an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) environment, where Manifests and Customs Declarations are electronically received and automatically processed; and
  2. Ghana Trade Net – the platform enabling GCMS to share data with the various parties involved in the processing of trade documents and customs clearances.

Links for bilateral trade 


Import Houses in Benin

Benin Chamber of Commerce and Industry-    


Export Houses in Ghana

Ghana Export Promotion Authority-

Ghana Cocoa Board-

Precious Minerals Marketing Corporation-

Timber Industry Development Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana-  or

Ghana National Procurement Agency:

Ghana Supply Company:


Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Ghana

Association of Ghana Industries –

Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industries -


Standards and Quality Control

Ghana Standards Authourity:

Food and Drugs Authourity of Ghana:


Government of Ghana Ministries and Agencies

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration –

Ministry of Trade and Industry-

Ministry of Finance:

Ghana Investment Promotion Centre: