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Ghana has emerged as one of Africas most stable, peaceful and democratic countries. This success is reflected in the countrys strong economic performance: Ghana averaged 5 per cent GDP growth over the last 20 years, and was one of the worlds top 10 fastest-growing economies Africas fastest in 2011. The second-largest economy in West Africa after Nigeria, Ghana reached Middle Income Country status in 2012 and is projected to be one of the worlds ten fastest growing economies until at least 2015. Although Ghanas growth is largely attributed to its abundant natural resources, including oil and cocoa, the country is avoiding dependency on commodity exports with a strongly developed services sector. Half of Ghanas population is under 20, and the countrys focus on higher education means that this generation will be well educated and include technology-savvy entrepreneurs: Ghana has one of the most developed telecommunications sectors in Africa. Mobile Internet penetration is 100 per cent, with a quarter of urban residents going online daily the second-highest rate in Africa. Ghana, a Commonwealth member with a large diaspora in the UK, has strong historical and cultural ties to Britain. The countries have targeted closer economic cooperation, with concrete results: British exports to Ghana rose 21 per cent from 2011 to 2012 and Ghana is now the UKs sixth largest export market in Africa. In November 2013, the British Government included Ghana in its High Level Prosperity Partnerships in Africa programme to drive trade and investment for the long term. With an open and entrepreneurial approach to business, English as the official language and a welcoming environment for international businesspeople, Ghana offers strong opportunities both within the country and as a regional gateway.
Sources: Deloitte, The Economist, GOV.UK, IMF, McKinsey Global Institute, UKTI



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Sunyani Mampong Kumasi Obuasi Koforidua Tema

KEY Capital City Major City DHL Gateway


Accra Winneba Cape Coast Sekondi-Takoradi

Locations: 23 Gateways into the Country: 1 DHL Delivery Zone: 10 Vehicle Fleet: 38

Country Prole

Capital Population Area Currency GDP Languages

Accra 25.2 million 238,533 sp km 1c edi (GHS) = 100 pesewa US$ 82.65 billion (2012 est.) Asante 14.8%, Ewe 12.7%, Fante 9.9%, Boron (Brong) 4.6%, Dagomba 4.3%, Dangme 4.3%, Dagarte (Dagaba) 3.7%, Akyem 3.4%, Ga 3.4%, Akuapem 2.9%, other (includes English (ofcial)) 36.1% Akan 47.5%, Mole-Dagbon 16.6%, Ewe 13.9%, Ga-Dangme 7.4%, Gurma 5.7%, Guan 3.7%, Grusi 2.5%, Mande-Busanga 1.1%, other 1.6%
Source: CIA World Factbook

Ethnic Groups

DHL Ghana Fact Sheet

Exports from Ghana Imports into Ghana


Prohibited Items
The list below is in addition to DHLs standard list of prohibited items. Airline tickets, blank stock (NI) Antiques Asbestos Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials Firearms, parts of Furs Gambling devices Ivory Jewellery Precious metals & stones

US$ 13.45 billion (2012 est.) Export commodities Oil, gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds, horticultural products. Top Export Destinations USA, Nigeria, Germany, Cote dIvoire, UK, China, Belgium, Hong Kong, South Africa.
Source: DHL, CIA World Factbook

US$ 17.76 billion (2012 est.) Import commodities Capital equipment, petroleum, foodstuffs. Top Import Origins USA, Nigeria, UK, China, Indonesia, Germany, South Africa, India, Vietnam, Australia.

Restricted Items
Alcoholic beverages, computer components, parts and software, electronic games & equipment, measuring apparatus including LPG cylinders & accessories, medical samples, medical or dental supplies & equipment, machine & electronic parts, non-hazardous chemicals, including chemicals and allied products, perishables, phones or modems, radar equipment transmitters or receivers, telecommunication equipment, televisions, television equipment, including all electrical appliances, products & cables and toys Ghanas Ministry of Trade considers these items to be high risk. Items must be accompanied by a Certicate of Analysis/Conformance issued by a laboratory and will be subject to a visual inspection prior to Customs clearance. Artwork, including drawings / proofs / layouts, catalogues, credit cards & credit card blanks (NI), labels, microche & microlm and negatives, including x-rays and lms Only 1 item permitted per shipment. Blank forms, hardback or paperback books, for non-commercial use, magazines and periodicals & journals Maximum weight: 10 kg (22 lb). Communications equipment Receiver must obtain an authorisation letter from the National Communications Authority before Customs clearance can be completed. Drugs: Prescription and non-prescription Receiver must obtain approval from the Food & Drug Board. Photographs Not accepted as documents when shipped from the US; send as goods. Tapes: Video cassettes Film title must be stated on cassette. Technical manuals Receiver must obtain authorisation letter from the National Communications Authority before clearance can be completed. Used items Regarded as high risk will be subject to inspection and certication. For x-ray machines, please contact DHL Customer Services before shipping.
Valid from: 03/2014

UK to Country Transit Times The times provided for dutiable shipments are based on the time expected for customs in Ghana to clear the shipment. This is contingent upon the value of the shipment.
Accra Kumasi Obuasi Cape Coast Tamale Non-Dutiable: 3 days Non-Dutiable: 4 days Non-Dutiable: 4 days Non-Dutiable: 4 days Non-Dutiable: 4 days Dutiable: 3 days Dutiable: 4 days Dutiable: 4 days Dutiable: 4 days Dutiable: 4 days

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE Ghana Customs do not offer a duty free allowance.
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