JVK Africa Movers Ltd
Freight Masters Premises, Meridian Road,
Community 2, Tema,
Tel: +233 204357357
HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS
Expatriates must be working for a registered company and hold a valid work/residence permit. One air and one sea shipment only can be imported. Shipper must obtain PUBD (Personal Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration) form at airport on his arrival in Accra. Shipments ought to arrive within three months of work/residence permit being issued. Shipper’s original passport and work permit will be required for clearance. Any new items must be declared and will be dutiable.
Original rated OBL, valued packing list, Individual Tax Identification Number plus receipts for new items are required for clearance. Even if shipment is duty free a tax off approximately 2% of CIF value is levied on all shipments. All import FCL shipments MUST show an Advanced Shipment Information (ASHI) number on OBL. This needs to be obtained at port of origin. Shipments that arrive in Ghana without an ASHI number CANNOT be cleared. An ASHI number can be obtained for each shipment online at www.antaser.com
All shipments are inspected by both Customs and Quarantine Department. All shipments take time to clear and demurrage is inevitable. Depending of the shipment it might need to be offloaded into bonded warehouse in the port area. High bonded warehouse/handling charges apply and are EXCLUDED in our rates. Shipments can only be released after both Customs and Quarantine have approved release. Shipments will be inspected separately by both departments at a time of their choosing.
Diplomats require duty free certificate issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs whilst UN/NGO/AID employees require duty free certificate issued by their sponsor government department. Again, demurrage is very likely.
All shipments must be ISPM15 compliant. Additional quarantine charges might apply if shipments aren’t compliant.
Sea shipments take upto 30 days to clear and air upto 10 days. High demurrage is likely on all shipments.
Most shipping lines charge a container bond prior to release of the container from the port. This fee is excluded from our rates and will be collected from shipper. Once the container is returned the shipping line will refund the bond paid less any fees they decide for damage/cleaning. As they control the bond money JVK has little influence over this and most shipping lines inevitably find a reason to not refund the entire bond amount. It can take up to 3 months for the bond to be returned. The bond fee varies but is approx US$500/20ft and US$1000/40ft.
It is not unusual for the multiple agencies involved in the clearance process to seek unofficial payments from shippers especially if they believe there has been an infringement of the customs regulations. Whilst JVK will do it’s best to avoid this we do not guarantee that it wont happen and will work with all parties involved to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED GOODS
Never mix personal effects with commercial goods.
Generally pornography, guns, fireworks, narcotics, gambling instruments and subversive or offensive literature are banned .
MOTOR VEHICLES (AUTOS AND MOTORBIKES)
Non diplomats can import cars duty free as long as shipper has owned/used for a minimum 12 months at origin. Bill of Sale and current insurance paperwork are required as proof of ownership and use. However, the process to clear is long and demurrage will be incurred.
Consign both sea and air shipments to:
Shipper (name spelt exactly as in passport)
c/o his/her employer in Ghana
MOL Packers/JVK Africa
Asadtek Compound, Freight Masters Premises,
Meridian Road, Community 2, Tema,
Tel: + 233 204357357
- NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, JVK Africa Ltd cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.