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High Risk Goods

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

High Risk Goods

GHANA STANDARD BOARD GUIDELINES ON DESTINATION INSPECTION OF HIGH RISK GOODS.

Ghana Standard Board (GSB) was established by NRCD 1973 of 1973 and was solely vested with the responsibility for preparing standards for products and processes, and for ensuring compliance with Government policies on standards, Metrology, Standardization, Testing, and Quality Assurance of both locally manufactured and imported products and services throughout the country.

To recommend to the Ministry responsible for Trade to prohibit the importation some products into the country either for the purposes of sales, used or human consumption , unless that products have been certified by the Board, as complying with standards set up by the Board.

The role of GSB at the port is therefore to ensure compliance of imported goods with established technical standards/specifications (conformity assessment) in order to prevent importation/distribution of substandard products into the Ghanaian market.

In August 2003, the board was mandated by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to take over the inspection of all High Risk Goods (HRG) from the inspection companies. The destination inspection was to be carried out at all the ports of entry into Ghana. This was to ensure that the designated goods are suitable and safe for use before they are allowed for distribution and sales in the country.

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GSB DESTINATION INSPECTION SCHEME.

In furtherance of the objective of the destination inspection programme, the Ghana Standards Board has evolved a new system that can be used to ascertain the quality and safety of the products without concentrating on extensive testing that can cause undue delays at the ports of entry

This system is based on conformity assessment which is defined as a process whereby a product, process, service or system is evaluated with the object of determining either directly or indirectly that relevant requirements are fulfilled.

The result of the assessment is a written assurance given either in the form of a certificate (COA/COC) or mark or both to attest that the product, process, service or system meets the requirements of the applicable standard.

With effect from 1st July 2005, Ghana Standards Board began to streamline its import inspection activities in line with ISO recommendations and in compliance with World Trade Organization regulations.

Saloon Cars

Duration (Age)

More than ten (10) years but not more than twelve (12) years old

More than twelve (12) years but not more than fifteen (15) years old

More than fifteen (15) years and above

Penalty (On The CIF Value)

5%

20%

50%

Commercial Vehicle. Example Bus, Coach and Van

Duration (Age)

More than ten (10) years but not more than twelve (12) years old

More than twelve (12) years but not more than fifteen (15) years old

More than fifteen (15) years but not more than twenty (20) years old

More than twenty (20) years but not more than fifty (50) years old

Penalty (On The CIF Value)

2.5%

25%

10%

50%

Commercial Vehicle. Example Trucks, Lorry and Tipper Trucks

Duration (Age)

More than ten (10) years but not more than twelve (12) years

More than twelve (12) years but not more than twenty-two (22) years

More than twenty-two (22) years and above

Penalty (On The CIF Value)

5%

10%

30%

NOTE: The age of a vehicle shall be calculated from the year in which the vehicle was first manufactured.