Is piracy in the gulf of Guinea an issue?

We often get asked about the current piracy situation in the Gulf of Guinea and along the West African coastline. While pirate attacks have decreased in recent years due to a vigilant response from authorities there are still reasons to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Did you know this about Tema Port?

360 View of Tema Port from a nearby flour mill. Did you know…? Tema Port is situated in the South-Eastern Ghana, on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. Ghana’s capital city, Accra, is 29 km from the port, and … Continue reading

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Changes to visas to Ghana

Important changes have been made to visa regulations affecting crew embanking and disembarking in Ghana. Portside would like to make all staff and crew members, as well as the public, aware that the following changes have now taken place. Visa … Continue reading

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Important update for importers

The Ghana Standards Authority has launched the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (GCAP) in Accra. The Programme aims at preventing the import of unsafe, sub-standard and/or counterfeit goods, protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as the environment and … Continue reading

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Ghana port statistics

The Ghana shipper’s authority publishes a quarterly magazine, called Shipping Review. In the most recent issue the last quarter of 2011 has been reviewed. In the third quarter a total output at the seaports of Ghana amounts to over 4.30 … Continue reading

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The import clearance process

Stakeholders Customs Shipping Agents Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority Customs House Agents Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) Receipts /Delivery Service providers   Documents needed Original bill of lading (B/L) Attested invoice Import declaration form (IDF) Final classification and valuation report (FCVR) … Continue reading

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The export clearance process

Shipment details to be provided to freight forwarder It is essential that the consignee provides the following information to the forwarder. Please note that your freight forwarder might ask you to provide additional information. Cargo type Volume of cargo Cargo … Continue reading

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What is stuffing and de-stuffing in importing and exporting?
Stuffing Tema Port Ghana

Like any other industry, the import and export trade has it’s own language – words and phrases to describe processes or equipment that make little sense when taken out of context. Unless you’re knowledgable in shipping jargon, you may not … Continue reading

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Facts & Stats – A brief guide to the Republic of Ghana
Ghana Flag Map

Demographics Population: 27 million Official language: English Ethnic groups: 47.5% Akan (11.5 m.) 16.6% Dagbani / Mole (4 m.) 13.9% Ewe (2.9 m.) 7.4% Ga-Adangbe (1.8 m.) 5.7% Gurma (0.7 m.) 3.7% Guan / Gonja (0.3 m.) 2.5% Gurunsi (0.1 m.) … Continue reading

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