Terminal Ghana

June 02, 2022

First time shipping in Ghana?

The Export Process … here’s how it works!

You may have read about “the two young women who both fifteen years ago, on a beautiful summer afternoon, graduated from the same university and how both were filled with ambitious dreams and were very much alike. But there was a difference.” Or perhaps you did read about “the two men, both good friends, and how both worked for the same company ten years ago, both were brilliant and were very much alike and how both men, were filled with ambitious dreams of becoming Managing Directors, of their own shipping companies and how the there was a difference.

What made the difference?

The answer is useful information - knowledge

It is an error to start a business without useful information – knowledge
Useful information – knowledge gives you the confidence to succeed where others say it is impossible for you to do so.

Read on …

Here’s proof that useful information – knowledge of any business venture you wish to start – guarantees you success.

When somebody tells you it can’t be done, recall these testimonies before you become discouraged.

  1. Drill for oil? You mean drill in the ground to try and find oil? “you’re crazy.” This was said by drillers whom wildcatter Edwin L. Drake tried enlists in his project to drill for oil in 1859.

  2. “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” Ferdinand Foch, professor of military strategy, Ecole Superiure de Guerre, Later Commander of Allied Armies in World War 1.

  3. “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanent high plateau.” Irving Fisher, Professor of economics Yale University, 1929.

  4. “I think this is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Sr. President IBM, 1943

  5. “ So we went to Atari and said ‘Hey’ we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come and work for you.” And they said ‘No.’ so we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said ‘Hey’ we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.” This was related by Steven Jobs, Apple computer Co-founder on his attempt in the Mid- 1970s to get Atari and Hewlett – Packard interested in his and Steve Wozniaks personal computer.

  6. “A cookies Store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research report says America likes crispy cookies like you make.” This was said in the Mid-1970s to Debbie Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields Cookies.

  7. “640 K ought to be enough for anybody.” Bill Gates, Micro-soft founder, 1981.

  8. “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” This was said by a Yale University management professor in response Fred Smith’s Paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith then went on to found FedEx.

Useful information and knowledge is what you require to be successful in business. And that is why in this article, I explain to you and to people like you who are shipping for the first time in Ghana, about the export process and how it works.

Do a SWOT analysis of your business. Ensure that you have useful information – knowledge of the Cargo you wish to export and to which destination you wish export your Cargo to.

Ensure you have useful information – knowledge about what restrictions and regulations govern the Cargo you wish to export in Ghana. Make sure you obtain proper approval to export and decline if it’s not allowed.

The benefit is that, with useful information – knowledge of the restrictions and regulations governing the export of the Cargo you wish to export you will not be seen to run afoul of the existing restrictions and regulations that govern export in Ghana, more so with the Cargo you wish to export.

NB-“your selected freight forwarder can assist you in making these decisions.” 

You freight forwarder must be credible and reliable.
Your freight forwarder will handle all documentation and procedures for the Cargo you wish to export. And can decide which shipping line you prefer.

What your Forwarder Needs to Start with the Export
•  Commercial invoice of the Cargo to be exported
•  Packing list of the Cargo to be exported 
•  Your company tax registration Number (TIN)
•  Certificate of Origin
•  Letter of Credit

There’s no doubt that you will be successful in the export of the Cargo and in shipping business if you’re shipping for the first time in Ghana, using this useful information - knowledge I explain to you in this article.

Remember – the testimonies which are – proof that useful information – knowledge is what you need! Start your shipping business without further delay now that you know how the export process works in Ghana.

Interested in our shipping or forwarding services?

Contact our office in Ghana

Bernice Aikins

Sales executive

Plot # IND/A/3/A
Fishing Harbour
T. +233 (0) 572 622 400