What you should know about shipping your vehicle from the United States to Ghana
Shipping A Car To Ghana
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- There’s a pretty wide range of shipping costs from the U.S. to Ghana, but most vehicles are moved for $2,500 to $7,000.
- There is generally limited availability in the area, both in terms of routes and companies that ship to the area, which can make it an expensive process.
Depending on which American ports your chosen international shipper uses and also which part of the country you live in, you will need to determine which port will be your departure port, and how your vehicle will get there. If it is more convenient to have the shipper pick the vehicle up at your home, that is fairly easy to arrange, but the trucking costs will be added to your shipping bill.
Then you will need to decide on a shipping method for your vehicle. The least expensive method is by Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO), because you are only charged for the space your vehicle takes up on board the ship. It is also somewhat more exposed during shipping, which accounts in part for its cheaper cost.
If you choose to ship using the container method, your car will be placed in either a 20-ft container or a 40-ft container, and secured inside. Then that container will need to be lifted on and off the ship by a crane in both departure and destination ports, which is why not all ports can handle containerized shipments.
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There are a couple reasons why the make, model, and year of your vehicle are important for international shipping, especially to Ghana. Knowing these statistics will automatically determine its dimensions and those are important with regard to the space it will occupy on the ship. Also when shipping to Ghana, the Customs officials will not allow a vehicle more than 10 years old into the country, so be advised.
There can be nothing at all inside the car for shipping other than a spare set of car keys, which will be needed for RORO shipping because the car will be driven on and off the ship under its own power. This means you must also have ¼ tank of gas or less in the tank when shipping.
If your vehicle is one that could be considered a classic or if its value makes it an expensive car, you may want to consider taking out extra insurance on the vehicle. While most shipping carriers already have some level of insurance, you might feel more comfortable if a valuable car had greater protection.
- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency will require some documentation prior to departure that demonstrates clear ownership of the vehicle – an original bill of sale will do nicely.
- You must provide a current title to establish the fact that there are no liens against the vehicle, which essentially qualifies it for export from the country. Should there be existing liens outstanding on the vehicle, you must secure from the lienholder notarized authorization which expressly allows the export of the vehicle from this country.
Both the total cost and the total transit time of the vehicle will depend on several factors, some of which have been described above. If you can provide the information recommended to your selected international carrier, it should be fairly easy for that company to quickly respond with an estimate of both.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Ghana
- Driver’s license & registration
- Proof of insurance
- Registration card
- Purchase invoice
- Bill of lading
- Certificate of non-sale
Once the vehicle arrives at one of Ghana’s ports, possibly Tema, Accra, or Takoradi, a tax will be levied on it which must be paid before it clears Customs.
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