Do you know how to import cars from USA to Ghana?
Okay, sit back as we take you through the simple process. USA and Canada are the best place to import cars any time any day, and the cars from those two countries are the most desirable due to the America’s specifications to auto mobile making companies.
Buying and importing cars from the United States of America is very easy, though not that too simple but We’ll try to make it as simple as possible in this article.
There are two major setbacks and obstacles you are going to face and We want you to be aware of them in advance so that you will be able to plan properly towards your project.
1. Bureaucratic Bottleneck
Importation of cars into
Ghana have been made too difficult and expensive by the
The cost of clearing vehicles are so high that
sometimes you wonder the actual reason a government that
is so inefficient and irresponsible to even provide good
usable roads for the cars have the morals to charge so
much for a car that may soon get damaged by the bad
2. The Yahoo Yahoo Factor
The bad names our bad boys
and girls gives us on daily basis both online and
offline always hunt you anytime you wants to do business
with a foreigner. Out of 100 merchants you may contact, 70
may decline shipping to Ghana except you are paying
through bank transfer.
The above factors are capable of frustrating your plan if not
careful but, beside that, the process would have been stress
free and used cars in Ghana would be a lot more cheaper
just as it is in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Now let’s go
straight to step by step how you can buy and import cars
from the USA, enjoy it!
How to Import Cars From USA Buying Online
1. Source for The Car
Look for the car you want to buy
online; it is a lot more easier and more efficient to search
for cars online because you have the opportunity to search
and check everything about the car including the VIN
There are so many website where you can search for your
cars but I would like to use some of the most trusted
website that pays attention to the actions of the dealers
both private sellers and dealers. Here are some of my
Autotrader.com: This is the website We use a lot more often whenever We have reason to look for a car.
It’s quite comprehensive and the dealers used to be elaborate and upload enough pictures that help give you detailed view of the vehicle’s physical condition.
They even upload videos of the cars so you can watch and have better view of what the car looks like
Yahoo Autos: Another great place for me and one used by most people in the world.
It’s probably the best website where you can search for any kind of cars on the internet and gives more details than you will ever need.
A single search will give you all the information you need about any car and much more, including the VIN information on the spot.
ebay: Like Yahoo Autos, it has everything you need for a car search and returns all the detailed results. It is one of the biggest car marketplace on the internet.
2. Contact The Seller
Armed with all the details you need
about the car you want to buy, the next step is to contact
the dealer to close the deal.
The price is already there so
there is nothing much to talk about concerning the price,
still you can still scrape out something by trying to get
It usually works especially if you are
buying from an individual sellers.
Most dealer will want you to pay through
bank transfer or other credit facilities.
Look for trusted
dealer and if you are not sure of the seller, request for
escrow services look for any escrow that accept Ghanaian
and trusted by the dealer.
From the moment you make your payment, the shipment
will be handled by the dealer.
He will do the shipping and
send you the Bill of Lading which is detailed list of a ship’s
cargo in the form of a receipt given by the master of the
ship to the person consigning the goods.
Get Ready to Clear
You need to pay your clearing agent in
advance to avoid incurring demurrage on the port.
important that you pay your agent and hand him over the
details including the bill of lading well in advance.
enable him begin the process of clearing the car. The
moment your car arrives, he will promptly get it out and
hand it over to you.
If you have someone in the USA, that will make things a bit
easier for you. Just get him to do the buying and the
shipment while you clear it at Arrival.