New document required for importing to Ghana
March 2015 — Effective March 1, 2015 Ghana Shippers Authority under the authority of Regulations # L.I. 2190 by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana will require “Advance Shipment Information” (ASHI) documentation, validated at the loading port, covering each Bill of Lading for maritime shipments arriving at the seaports of Ghana. The ASHI will be mandatory for all imports into Ghana effective Bill of Lading date 1st day of March 2015.
The validated ASHI document is a requirement for all cargo clearance through Customs at the seaports of Ghana. Any shipment not accompanied by a validated ASHI document CANNOT be cleared through Customs and the appropriate penalties as enshrined in the law shall apply.
All Shipping Lines operating to the seaports of Ghana are required to quote the validated ASHI number on its Bill of Lading and cargo manifested issued in respect of cargo shipped to the seaports of Ghana.