The public and, more especially, importers of used automobiles have been told by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) that, as of January 1, 2023, all used vehicles imported into Ghana must be accompanied by a current Certificate of Conformance (CoC) from an authorized authority.
According to the GSA, the certificate must show that the used car complies with GS 4510:2022, Road Vehicles — Requirements for Imported Used Motor Vehicles, which is the Ghana Standard for Used Cars.
This complies with Section 61 of Act 891 as modified, the Customs (Amendment) Act 2020, and other relevant laws.
The GSA in a statement said “enforcement of this aspect of the law shall ensure improved safety, quality, and asset value of used vehicles imported into Ghana while sustaining the value chain of the used vehicle industry.
Certificates of Conformance can be obtained from approved third-party inspection bodies or through trained and licensed used vehicle dealerships.”
The Authority said it will provide on its website an updated list of approved inspection bodies and licensed used vehicle dealerships with contact details.
The Authority reminded all importers and assemblers of new vehicles to register with the Authority and ensure those vehicle models imported or assembled are homologated (certified) by the Authority in line with the relevant Ghana Standards for new vehicles of categories M1 (Passenger cars and SUVs), M2 (Minibuses), and N1 (Pickups and cargo vans).
“New vehicles of models not homologated (certified) by the Authority shall not be permitted for importation from 1st January 2023.
For any further information on vehicle standards, new vehicle distributor registration, and used vehicle dealership licensing, importers can contact the GSA Auto Team via email at [email protected] or call their front desk (+233-302) 506991-5 / 500065/6,” it added.