Ghana Import Restrictions

In order to enter Ghana, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Ghana government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Ghana, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Ghana.

Ghana Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Ghana authorities before posting:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Anti-parasite products for agricultural use
  • Beverages, alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Cereal
  • Carbon paper
  • Cocoa plants and seed
  • Cotton seed, dairy products
  • Films
  • Fish products
  • Gaming machines and toys
  • Medicines
  • Narcotics
  • Postage stamps and uniforms
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Printed products
  • Some precious stones and metals
  • Television receivers
  • Tobacco
  • War materials

Special documentation

Senders should separately post invoices, Certificate of Origin and any other required certificates to addressees for presentation on delivery. Invoices values must be in pounds sterling.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Ghana prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Apparel and clothing accessories- soiled
  • Coins
  • Clocks and watches
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Dairy products and birds eggs
  • Electrical machinery
  • Edible fuit and nuts
  • Fish
  • Firearms
  • Gaming equipment
  • Live trees and other plants
  • Lottery tickets
  • Natural or cultured pearls
  • Organic and inorganic chemicals
  • Photographic or cinematographic products
  • Printed books, newspapers and pictures- offensive by nature
  • Perishables
  • Rubber and articles thereof
  • Some minerals and metals
  • Spirits
  • Subversive literature
  • Toys, games and sports requisites
  • Tanning of dying extracts
  • Tobacco

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