Export – procedures

Weight restrictions

The maximum safe working load (SWL) acceptable for Ghana is 32 metric tons, i.e cargo plus tare weight of container.


Neither 45 ft containers nor aluminium containers are accepted.

Special cargo

Out of gauge (OOG), break bulk (B/B) and IMO cargo are subject to standard Safmarine approval procedures.

Bill of lading clausing, documentation

No through bills of lading from inland points.

Bill of lading restrictions

As part of the U.S Customs 24 Hour Rule regulations, ' To the order of ' bills of lading are not accepted for shipments destined to the U.S or routed via U.S. Customs in U.S also does not accept commodity descriptions ' Freight all kinds' and 'General merchandise' nor the package type 'Pallets'.

Reefer equipment acceptance to U.S

Reefer shipments to U.S and Canada can only be accepted in 40' reefer containers. Safmarine does not accept shipments in 20' reefers to the U.S and Canada.

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Safmarine in Ghana

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GPHA Towers
Harbour Area
P.O. Box 8800
Community 7
+233 303 218700
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