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Import Prohibitions

PART A - ABSOLUTE PROHIBITIONS

Tariff No. Commodity Description Remarks
6A.1 Animals and carcasses infected with disease :
Animals or carcasses infected with disease within the meaning of the Disease of Animals Act, 1961 (Act 83) or any part of such animals or carcasses.
6A.2 Beads of inflammable celluloid :
Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.
6A.3 Coffee, raw, imported overland :
Raw coffee imported overland or by inland waterways.
6A.4 Coin not up to standard :
Coin current in any foreign country or any money purported to be such, not being of the established standard in weight and fineness. Currency Act, 1964 (Act 242)
6A.5 Food, contaminated : Declared by a Health Officer as unfit for human consumption
Meat, vegetables, and other provisions. PNDCL 305B/ F.D.B L Act 523, 1996.
6A.6 Knuckle dusters, and life preservers :
Knuckle dusters and life preservers.
6A.7 Literature, scandalous :
Books, newspapers and printed matter which in the opinion of the Commissioner (subject to any directions of the President of Ghana) are defamatory, scandalous, or demoralizing.
6A.8 Money, base or counterfeit : Currency Act, 1964 (Act 242)
Base or counterfeit coin or counterfeit notes of any country.
6A.9 Obscene articles :
Indecent or obscene prints, paintings, photographs, books, cards, lithographic or other engravings or any other indecent or obscene article.
6A.10 Weapons, dangerous :
Knives such as flick knives and paper knives which in the opinion of the Inspector-General of Police are considered to be dangerous weapons.
6A.11 Goods prohibited by any law :
All other goods, the importation of which is prohibited by any law in Ghana.



PART B – CONDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS

Tariff No. Commodity Description Remarks
6B.1 Currency : (Foreign Exchange Act, 2006) (Act 723)
(a) Bank notes A licence is required from the Bank of Ghana
(b) Bank coins
(c) Travellers' cheques
(d) Electronic units of payment
(e) Securities
In the denominations of local currency or the currency of another country
6B.2 Diamonds : A Kimberley Process Certificate is required from the Ministry of Mines under the Kimberley Process Certificate Act 2003, (Act 652)
Rough or uncut diamonds.
6B.3 Films, cinematograph : Cinematograph Act, 1961 (Act 76)
Cinematograph films, except at the port of Tema, Takoradi or Accra Airport. Provided that this prohibition shall not apply in the case of films which the Commissioner is satisfied are intended solely for exhibition in private premises to which the public are not admitted on payment or otherwise.
6B.4 Goods bearing designs and imitation of money : A licence is required from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Currency Act, 1964 (Act 242)
All goods which bear a design in imitation of any currency or bank note or coin in current use in Ghana or elsewhere.
6B.5 Goods imported contrary to customs laws :
All goods not imported in an aircraft or in a steamship except such as may be imported in accordance with any regulations relating to the control of boats or to the importation of goods overland or by inland waters.
6B.6 Goods regulated by law :
(i) Gambling machines A permit is required from the The Gaming Commission Gaming Act, 2006 (Act 721)
(ii) Plant, plant product, plant disease or pest, soil, manure, grass, and other parking material liable to harbor dangerous diseases or pests of plants Prevention and Control of Pests and Diseases of Plants Act, 1965 (Act 307). A permit is required from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
(iii) Arms and ammunition Arms and Ammunition Act, 1972 (NRCD 9)
A permit is required from the Ministry of Interior
(iv) Explosives, including nitroglycerine, dynamite, detonators, gun cotton blasting powder, other substances used to produce explosives but excluding ordinary gun powder, percussion caps, rockets or fuses. Explosives Ordinance (Cap 254), Explosives Regulations L.I. 666 1970.
(v) All goods, the importation of which is regulated by any law in Ghana except in accordance with such law
A licence is required from the Ministry of Interior.
6B.7 Handcuffs A licence is required from the Ministry of Interior
6B.8 Machines for duplicating keys Locksmiths (Licensing) Act, 1994, (Act 488). A licence is required from the Ministry of Interior.
6B.9 Milk deficient in milk fat :
Milk, condensed or evaporated, containing less than eight per centum by weight of milk fat, and dried milk or milk powder containing less than twenty-six per centum by weight of milk fat :
Provided that this prohibition shall not apply to skimmed milk imported in containers clearly marked in such a manner as to be easily distinguished from containers of full cream milk, and admitted as such by the Commissioner :
Provided further that the Commissioner may admit any particular consignment of condensed or evaporated milk having a lower fat content than eight per centum by weight of milk fat which he is satisfied is a consignment of full cream condensed or evaporated milk.
6B.11 Paper, airmail printing : A licence is required from the Commissioner Of C.E.P.S. (L.I. 504).
Airmail photographic printing paper.
6B.12 Reel-fed rotary ticket printing presses. A licence is required from the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning.
6B.13 Spirits of certain kinds and strengths :
Spirits of the following descriptions :
(a) Spirits containing essential oils or chemical products such as thujone, star arise, benzoic aldehyde, salicylic esters, hyssop, absinthe or other substances in such proportions as the Commissioner in his absolute discretion deem to be injurious to health.
(b) Brandy, rum or whisky unless proved to the satisfaction of the Commissioner to have been stored in the wood for a period of not less than three years prior to importation.
(c) Spirits containing more than 65 per centum of absolute alcohol as ascertained by Tralles` alcoholometer other than medicated, perfumed or methylated spirits, accepted as such by the Commissioner, except under licence from the Commissioner and except in accordance with the condition of such licence.
6B 14 Weapons for discharge of noxious liquids : A licence is required from the Minister for Interior.
Weapons of any description which in the opinion of the Commissioner are designed for the discharge of any noxious liquids, gas or other similar substances and any ammunition containing or in the opinion of the Commissioner designed or adapted to contain any noxious liquid, gas or other similar substance.
6B.15 Mercury A licence is required from the Ministry of Mines (Mercury Act, 1989, PNDCL 217)