A large city in South Ghana, Kumasi is one of the largest metro areas in the country. Situated close to the Lake Bosumtwi, it is the industrial commercial and cultural center of the Ashanti region.
If you are moving here on an extended stay, you might prefer having your own vehicle and that is why it is essential that you import your car from USA. The first thing that you need to do is hire an experienced company that has experience shipping vehicle to Ghana and other countries in Africa. And that is where A1 Auto Transport service steps in. We have over 20 years of experience shipping vehicles to African countries including Ghana and can help you at every step.
Shipping and freight charges.
Depending upon your location in USA, the vehicle will need to be transported to the nearest port. You can drive the vehicle to the port or avail the ‘door-to-port’ services that we offer. However, the transporting costs will add to the shipping costs but you can avoid the hassle of driving it down to the port. Additionally, to calculate and provide you with the quote, we’ll need to factor in the freight charges and for that you will be required to select from container shipping or opt for RORO.
If you have a limited budget for shipping your car, then Roll-on/Roll-Off works best. However, you are only allowed to ship your vehicle empty, so ensure that you remove the air conditioning gas and all your personal items so that it qualifies for RORO shipping. Additionally, it turns out to be the cheapest as you only pay for the parking space used by the vehicle. You need 1/4th tank of fuel when you are shipping so that the vehicle can be driven on board.
However, if you are transporting an expensive vehicle, along with personal items or household goods you might need to choose container shipping. You are allowed to pack 20 feet or 40 feet container with all of these goods and seal it. It is opened at the last destination port under the supervision of the shipper.
Specific vehicle regulations in Ghana.
The vehicle model, make and year of manufacture of the vehicle are important in Ghana. That is because the dimensions and length of the car are the basis of the shipping cost on the freight ships. It is equally important to know that when you are shipping to Ghana, your vehicle has to be less than 10 years old as the Custom authorities in Ghana do not permit import of vehicle above the age of 10 years. If you have an expensive vehicle, getting transit insurance can help. Though most shipping services offer basic insurance, additional insurance on the luxury vehicle is advised.
Requirements for shipping the vehicle.
As with any vehicle import, it is necessary to have the right documents and other paperwork in order so that the shipping is considered as per procedure at any of the Ports at Tema, Accra, or Takoradi. To start with, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service requires that proof of ownership and legal purchase of the vehicle is proved. You are required to submit the Purchase invoice of the vehicle.
It is essential that there are no liens on the vehicle or you have a notarized authorization from the lien holder that it is agreeable to export the vehicle. However, it is best that the vehicle is in your name as proof of ownership can easily be proven. Thus, current registration and title deed have to be submitted at the U.S customs and at the Customs department in Ghana. Other essential documents include:
- Proof of insurance.
- Driver license,.
- Registration of the vehicle.
- Bill of Lading.
- Emission standard certificates.
- Roadworthiness test clearances.
All port taxes need to be cleared before it can clear Ghana’s customs. However, your shipping service will be able to provide you with a timeline for delivery and the total cost associated with moving your vehicle. To know more about it, contact A1 Auto Transport service or the Embassy of Ghana.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.