Shipping to and from Ghana 

MSC Ghana has been supporting customers to ship cargo in and out of the Republic of Ghana since 2007. Today, we operate five dedicated services, connecting 200 global routes and moving more than 200,000 TEU every year.

Awards for MSC GHANA

  • Export Liner of the Year 2019 by Ghana shippers Authority 
  • Ghana Cocoa awards Shipping Line of the Year 2021

Contact our local MSC Ghana team to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services


Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention?
Detention is the charge applicable on export containers when containers remain with customers and not returned full for export before the free days expire.

What is demurrage?
Demurrage is the charge applicable when the free days expire on import containers until they are returned empty to our depot.
In case of a demurrage dispute, email (with as email subject: Dispute + Invoice Number), describing the reasons for the dispute.

SOLAS VGM information for Ghana

What is VGM?
Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified.
In line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, we request all our export customers to provide VGM certificate before cargo is loaded. Customers use third party VGM service providers to weigh their containers.

What to include in VGM instructions

You must include the following on all VGM instructions: 

  • Booking or Bill of Lading (BL) number 
  • Container number 
  • VGM and weight measurement unit (lbs or kgs) 
  • Name of responsible party 

How to submit VGM instructions
VGM instructions should be submitted on myMSC (free of charge).

Prohibited cargo

As per general MSC rules and subject to the destination of the shipment, the following are prohibited:

  •  Fireworks, ammunition, small arms
  • Second-hand empty gas cylinders
  • Frozen turkey tails
  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Second-hand mattresses
  • Second-hand tyres (subject to the approval of MSC Ghana)
  • Used refrigerators, used fridge-freezers, used freezers and used refrigeration compressors (motors)  

In line with Ghana's obligations under the Montreal Protocol and The Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2008 (L.I.1932), the government of Ghana has completely banned the import of used refrigerators, used fridge-freezers, used freezers and used refrigeration compressors (motors). Booking agents should immediately stop accepting such cargo to Ghana (Tema and Takoradi) as MSC may be held responsible when discharging containers infringing the law.

List of terminals 

Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the following ports and terminals in Ghana, with local teams in each location to support our customers.

 Terminal Name MSC Code  Port   UNCode

Carregamento de Carga

As instalações de manuseio de carga da MSC estão estrategicamente localizadas para garantir o carregamento eficiente e oportuno de mercadorias para exportação e importação. Também oferecemos serviços de consolidação de carga, carregamento e recarregamento, embalagem, desembalagem e carregamento cruzado de contêineres a caminhões.

Pesagem de Contêiner (VGM)

Todos os escritórios locais da MSC fornecem balanças certificadas para registrar e verificar o peso do contêiner (massa bruta verificada ou VGM) de acordo com os regulamentos de Salvaguarda da Vida Humana no Mar (SOLAS). As instruções do VGM são obrigatórias para todas as remessas por motivos de segurança e os operadores de embarcações só podem carregar um contêiner se seu peso for devidamente verificado. Entre em contato com sua equipe MSC local para obter mais informações e suporte.

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