Ghana has deposited with the secretary general of the World Customs Organization its instrument of ratification to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonised System).


More than 98% of international trade is classified in terms of the Harmonised System.


Ghana has been a member of the World Customs Organization since August 1, 1968. It is a medium-sized West African country situated on the Gulf of Guinea, neighbouring C´te d’Ivoire, Togo and Burkina Faso. Its principal exports are gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore and diamonds. The country’s principal imports are capital equipment, petroleum and foodstuffs.


The Harmonized System Convention will enter into force in Ghana on January 1, 2009, unless Ghana decides to specify an earlier date.