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Cost of Shipping a Container to Ghana

Published on 2021-08-24

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Ghana?

Cost of shipping a container to Ghana, shipping goods in the same container
Ghana Container Shipping Cost

Planning on shipping a container to Ghana or anywhere in the African continent is not everyone’s cup of tea. The process of container shipping to Ghana can be a stressful experience. To add to your problems, you are also liable to choose the correct insurance, the right container size, the best time to avoid the volatile nature of international shipping prices, and so on.

You can avoid most problems by opting for the right moving agency to ship your container to Ghana. Three Movers is an experienced freighting agency that specializes in worldwide container shipping, including Ghana.

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Container Shipping To Ghana

Most people don’t know, but there are a total of five factors that contribute to the final pricing of any shipment across the world. Some of the popular ones are the weight or volume of the items, the choice of transportation, and the total distance covered. The unknown ones are as follow:

The destination port in Ghana

Ghana coastline touches the Gulf of Guinea in the North Atlantic Ocean, and its seaports are equipped with good shipping facilities to inland cities. Some of its major seaports are the Port of Takoradi and the Port of Tema. You can also ship your container via air freight to the Kotoka Airport or the Kumasi Airport, as these two are the only international airports in the country.

Time of the year

The months of January, February, August, and September are considered the peak season in the international freighting industry. The costs of international shipping rise exponentially during these months.

Cost Of Shipping Household Goods To Ghana

When shipping household goods to ghana, you should pay based on the space taken by your goods. It costs $115 per cubic meter on average to ship to ghana. If you like to hire a full-service moving company, you’ll also have to pay for packing services, loading/unloading services, furniture assembly/disassembly services, e.t.c. If you are not planning to move a lot of stuff, you can also choose parcel shipping services. You can go to the website of companies like FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL e.t.c.

Which size of shipping container works best for me?

You can opt for two container sizes that are generally used in shipping house furniture through freighting services. Both the 20ft and 40ft containers are spacious enough to store the furniture of a three-bedroom house. But the 40ft container does give you a better value for money as it can also be used for shipping cars or a mini-truck.

However, if you do not have a large volume of the item, you can also share a part of a single container. The LCL (less than container load) arrangements can be made where you can share one-third part of a 20ft or a 40ft container if you only have a handful of boxes to ship.

Cost Of Shipping 40 FT Container To Ghana

On average shipping, a full load of 40 FT containers costs around $2,000. For less than a container load, the average cost is $115 per cubic meter of space. If you want to ship cars or other objects that need special attention, the cost will be extra. To move a 40 FT container to Ghana with 2 standard-sized cars, the price can easily reach $5000.

Cost Of Shipping 20 Ft Container To Ghana

On average, the cost of shipping a 20 ft container to Ghana costs around $1,750. The LCL cost per cubic meter is the same as a 40 ft shipping container i.e. $115 on average. The cost will increase if you want to ship a car and other things that need extra attention. It can cost more than $2,000 to transport a single car in a 20 ft container. You can help decrease the cost by choosing the right company for container shipping services. Three Movers has helped people to move 20 ft containers from the UK, India, USA, and many other countries at affordable rates.

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Ghana

Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to Ghana of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1752
40 ft Container $1957

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Ghana.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL $115/CBM
Household Goods $735
Personal Effects $595
International House Moving Costs

International shipping service for a household move to Ghana services – quick, easy, and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $735
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $2807
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $3205
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $4105

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Ghana via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $2156
SUV (Container) $2203
Sedan via RORO $1157
SUV via RORO $1225

Understanding the different types of freight transportation

You can ship your container to Ghana through both means – ocean freight and air freight. The air freighting options offer a quick-moving experience, but it does come with a hefty price tag. On the other hand, the sea freighting options are slow, but they are almost five times cheaper than air freight. If time is not a constraint, we suggest you go with the more affordable and cleaner alternative of container shipping via sea.

Additional Shipping Costs

Some other international shipping costs are as follows:

  • Customs duties and taxes
  • Container inspection fees
  • General Rate Increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance for the shipping container and goods inside

International shipping companies raise their prices once every month as a general rate increase (GRI) to cope with the huge demand. When the demand for container shipping falls, they lower the costs to increase the demand, and the cycle continues throughout the year. To avoid paying the extra rate, make sure that the CRD of your shipping container does not fall within the dates of GRI implementation.

What’s Next?

After reviewing the aspects of shipping your container to Ghana, it’s time to get an affordable quote from Three Movers container shipping services. Go to our website and fill out the form which acts as an online freight calculator. Or, you can also call on (888) 202-0036 for the same.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Documents Will I Be Needing If I Want To Ship To Ghana?

You will need quite a few important documents when you’re shipping internationally. Here’s a list of the most essential documents you will be needing:

Commercial and Proforma Invoices
Bills of Lading
Packing List
Shipper’s Letter of Instructions (SLI)
Automated Export System (AES) Filing
Certificate of Origin (CO)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Operational Instructions
Shipping Under a Letter of Credit

For certain products, you might need additional documentation and/or special licenses/government permission.

What Am I Prohibited/Restricted From Shipping To Ghana?

Prohibited items are forbidden by law to enter the country. Below is a list of prohibited items in Ghana:

• Acids
• Airline Ticket, Blank
• Alcoholic beverages
• Antiques
• Artwork, Fine
• Batteries
• Bearer Documents
• Bio Products
• Blood
• Calendars
• Checks
• Chemicals
• Communications equipment
• Computer components & parts
• Computer
• Corrosives
• Cosmetics
• Credit Card Blanks
• Credit Cards
• Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association)
• Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
• Electronic equipment
• Electronic games
• Flammables
• Non-Perishable Food
• Foodstuffs
• Furs
• Gases
• Blue Ice
• Dry Ice
• Wet Ice
• Industrial equipment
• Infectious Substances
• Knives
• Hazardous Liquids
• Hazardous Liquor
• Measuring apparatus
• Medical samples
• Medical/dental supplies & equipment
• Metals, Both Precious and Non-precious
• Money Orders
• Paints
• Machine and Electronic Parts
• Passports
• Perfume
• Perishables
• Phones/modems
• Poisons
• Precious Stones
• Radar equipment
• Radioactive material
• Samples, textile
• Seeds
• Soil
• Stamps
• Stocks
• Tapes, video cassettes
• Telecommunications equipment
• Televisions, television equipment
• Textile articles
• Toiletries
• Toys

In accordance with the extensive list of prohibited items, there are no restricted items for import in Ghana. You can contact your container shipping service provider for specific information.

What Are Other Fees Will I Need to Pay When Shipping to Ghana?

The tariff system in Ghana, which has been simplified and harmonized with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) trade liberalization program, specified only four import duties: 0%, 5%, 10%, and 20%. The standard rate is 20%, but the duty-free ratestill applies to agricultural and industrial machinery, solar, wind, and thermal energy, and educational materials.

What Is The Difference Between Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties?

Shipping taxes are imposed by the government. They will be charged based on a predetermined rate system and calculated on the total value of the products imported into the country. Shipping duties are charges based on product characteristics. They can change and vary, but they will always be there. Shipping duties are a kind of shipping tax.

Why Is FCL Faster Than LCL?

To know why FCL is faster than LCL, we must first be familiar with what these are.

Full Cargo Load (FCL) is a load where the client utilizes a storage container for himself. He will be responsible for packing the container from the point of origin and unpacking it at the destination. Once the container is sent for delivery, it will be in transit straight to the destination without being reworked.

Less Than Cargo Load (LCL), on the other hand, is when customers choose to share a storage container with other customers who opted for this choice. The shipping company will be responsible to pack and unpack these containers. LCL cargoes can go through multiple ports due to having different customers and destinations. They will be reworked in each destination, which is why the LCL will be understandably slower than the FCL.

Can In-Transit Cargo Be Tracked?

Yes, your cargo can be tracked in transit. We have something you call the “cargo tracking system” which will allow you to track your cargo from anywhere and anytime in the world. You can get port details this way too. The things you will need for this are container number/bill of lading/booking number and the shipping line.

Do I Have To Be There When My Container Is Gonna Be Delivered?

It is highly recommended that you are physically present for the delivery of your storage container. With you there, you can sign off your delivery for the completion of the whole shipping process. Plus, we would you to be there so we can see you satisfied with your service!

How Much Space Do I Need For The Home Delivery Of My Container?

For home deliveries of storage containers, you will need a lot of space. Since ocean containers are around 8’ wide, you will need a minimum of 10’ clearance. For a 20’ container, you will need around 50’ straightway clearance. For a 40’ container, a 110’ straightway clearance is needed. You will need as much space as possible for the trailer to dropoff your container.

How Long Will a Shipment Be in Customs until It’s Cleared in Ghana?

The standard freeing time for all shipments in Ghanaian ports is 7 days for dry containers and 5 days for reefer containers, as long as the delivery is within Ghana. If the delivery is to other parts of West Africa, the containers can be there for 21 days.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Movers can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Ghana:

Afghanistan to Ghana
Albania to Ghana
Algeria to Ghana
Andorra to Ghana
Angola to Ghana
Antigua to Ghana
Argentina to Ghana
Armenia to Ghana
Australia to Ghana
Austria to Ghana
Azerbaijan to Ghana
Bahamas to Ghana
Bahrain to Ghana
Bangladesh to Ghana
Barbados to Ghana
Belarus to Ghana
Belgium to Ghana
Belize to Ghana
Benin to Ghana
Bhutan to Ghana
Bolivia to Ghana
Bosnia Herzegovina to Ghana
Botswana to Ghana
Brazil to Ghana
Brunei to Ghana
Bulgaria to Ghana
Burkina to Ghana
Burundi to Ghana
Cambodia to Ghana
Cameroon to Ghana
Canada to Ghana
Cape Verde to Ghana
Central African Rep to Ghana
Chad to Ghana
Chile to Ghana
China to Ghana
Colombia to Ghana
Comoros to Ghana
Congo to Ghana
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Ghana
Costa Rica to Ghana
Croatia to Ghana
Cuba to Ghana
Cyprus to Ghana
Czech Republic to Ghana
Denmark to Ghana
Djibouti to Ghana
Dominica to Ghana
Dominican Republic to Ghana
East Timor to Ghana
Ecuador to Ghana
Egypt to Ghana
El Salvador to Ghana
Equatorial Guinea to Ghana
Eritrea to Ghana
Estonia to Ghana
Ethiopia to Ghana
Fiji to Ghana
Finland to Ghana
France to Ghana
Gabon to Ghana
Gambia to Ghana
Georgia to Ghana
Germany to Ghana
Greece to Ghana
Grenada to Ghana

Guatemala to Ghana
Guinea to Ghana
Guinea-Bissau to Ghana
Guyana to Ghana
Haiti to Ghana
Honduras to Ghana
Hungary to Ghana
Iceland to Ghana
India to Ghana
Indonesia to Ghana
Iran to Ghana
Iraq to Ghana
Ireland to Ghana
Israel to Ghana
Italy to Ghana
Ivory Coast to Ghana
Jamaica to Ghana
Japan to Ghana
Jordan to Ghana
Kazakhstan to Ghana
Kenya to Ghana
Kiribati to Ghana
Korea North to Ghana
Korea South to Ghana
Kosovo to Ghana
Kuwait to Ghana
Kyrgyzstan to Ghana
Laos to Ghana
Latvia to Ghana
Lebanon to Ghana
Lesotho to Ghana
Liberia to Ghana
Libya to Ghana
Liechtenstein to Ghana
Lithuania to Ghana
Luxembourg to Ghana
Macedonia to Ghana
Madagascar to Ghana
Malawi to Ghana
Malaysia to Ghana
Maldives to Ghana
Mali to Ghana
Malta to Ghana
Marshall Islands to Ghana
Mauritania to Ghana
Mauritius to Ghana
Mexico to Ghana
Micronesia to Ghana
Moldova to Ghana
Monaco to Ghana
Mongolia to Ghana
Montenegro to Ghana
Morocco to Ghana
Mozambique to Ghana
Myanmar, {Burma} to Ghana
Namibia to Ghana
Nauru to Ghana
Nepal to Ghana
Netherlands to Ghana
New Zealand to Ghana
Nicaragua to Ghana
Niger to Ghana
Nigeria to Ghana
Norway to Ghana
Oman to Ghana
Pakistan to Ghana

Palau to Ghana
Palestine to Ghana
Panama to Ghana
Papua New Guinea to Ghana
Paraguay to Ghana
Peru to Ghana
Philippines to Ghana
Poland to Ghana
Portugal to Ghana
Qatar to Ghana
Romania to Ghana
Russian Federation to Ghana
Rwanda to Ghana
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Ghana
Samoa to Ghana
San Marino to Ghana
Sao Tome & Principe to Ghana
Saudi Arabia to Ghana
Senegal to Ghana
Serbia to Ghana
Seychelles to Ghana
Sierra Leone to Ghana
Singapore to Ghana
Slovakia to Ghana
Slovenia to Ghana
Solomon Islands to Ghana
Somalia to Ghana
South Africa to Ghana
South Sudan to Ghana
Spain to Ghana
Sri Lanka to Ghana
St Kitts & Nevis to Ghana
St Lucia to Ghana
Sudan to Ghana
Suriname to Ghana
Swaziland to Ghana
Sweden to Ghana
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to Ghana
Syria to Ghana
Taiwan to Ghana
Tajikistan to Ghana
Tanzania to Ghana
Thailand to Ghana
Timor-Leste to Ghana
Togo to Ghana
Tonga to Ghana
Trinidad & Tobago to Ghana
Tunisia to Ghana
Turkey to Ghana
Turkmenistan to Ghana
Tuvalu to Ghana
Uganda to Ghana
Ukraine to Ghana
United Arab Emirates to Ghana
United Kingdom to Ghana
United States to Ghana
Uruguay to Ghana
Uzbekistan to Ghana
Vanuatu to Ghana
Vatican City to Ghana
Venezuela to Ghana
Vietnam to Ghana
Yemen to Ghana
Zambia to Ghana
Zimbabwe to Ghana

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at [email protected]

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