History of Tema, Ghana
After the nation’s largest sea port was built in 1961, Tema, Ghana became home to one of the biggest seaports in all of Ghana. Formerly known as a small fishing village, Tema is not only responsible for handling 80% Ghanaian trade but also in providing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger with transit cargo. The country is responsible for exporting oil, gold, bauxite cocoa, tuna, aluminum, timber, diamonds, manganese ore and horticultural products. Recently Ghana’s ports have been named the best performing ports at the African Ports Awards. It is no wonder that Tema’s port has topped the charts with its infrastructure, technologies and high level human resources.
Shipping to Tema, Ghana is simple and there are options to suit anyone’s needs. The first method is a shipping container measuring in either 20ft or 40ft. This type of shipping is called the Full Container Load. The sizes for a container shipment are 20ft by 40ft and 40ft by 40ft.
The Full Container Load (FCL) method is a great option if you are sending a lot items at once. The FCL option is great if you have 12 pallets or more. Other advantages of using the Full Container Load are: there is no damage from other cargo and there is no need for the LCL consolidation/deconsolidation process. If you have fragile goods, the FCL is the way to go. International ISO standards have drastically improved the quality of the shipping experience so your container will be treated with care. The FCL shipment process can be done in a few different ways: Door to Door, Door to Port, Port to Door, and Port to Port.
The FCL shipment process is up to you and your consignee at the other end. Certain options are cheaper, faster, and depend on what your situation of shipping is.
The second method is to use the RORO Method which stands for Roll on Roll off pertaining to the shipment of vehicles. The latter is a better alternative to shipping cars, vans, minibuses, tractors, etc. as the customer is only charged for the space the vehicle occupies on the vessel. An important note to know: the vehicle must be completely empty in compliance for the RORO method.
5 Tips on saving money Shipping a vehicle Overseas
Some of the tips for shipping your vehicle overseas include shipping your vehicle via RORO, having your gas tank on low, bringing your vehicle to the nearest port, buying vehicles near the departure port, and comparing the costs of bringing the car yourself verses having the shipping company pick it up for you.
Shipping the vehicle RORO (Roll on Roll off) method is the most cost effective way to ship a vehicle overseas. If you are shipping more than one car, then a shipping container may be the easiest route however, if you are only planning to ship one vehicle, this method makes the most sense.
Next, if you are buying a car, make sure to buy the vehicle as close to the departure port as possible. Buying a car next to the departure port will ensure that the designated driver will not have to drive so far and will save you money.
Some of the Departure Ports for shipping in the United States to Aqaba are Long Beach, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA, Houston TX, New York, NY, Savannah, GA, Hampton Roads, VA, Charleston, SC, and Miami, FL.
And finally, make sure that you compare the costs of bringing the car to the port yourself verses having the shipping company pick it up for you. If you live close to the port and are available to drop off your vehicle this is a great way to save money. But if you live far away and have to take time off and maybe even rent a hotel, it might be wiser to use the shipping company’s driver services as a cheaper alternative.
For a complete list of prohibited items go to Ghana Customs .
Contact the Ghana Embassy for more information.
Ghana Embassy in Washington DC
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Washington, DC 20008
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