Ghana - Country Commercial Guide
Automotive Sector

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2022-03-24

General Overview

The automotive sector in Ghana is largely made up of retailers of imported used vehicles and a few distributors who deal in the retailing of new vehicles.

Ghana imports about 100,000 vehicles per year.  About 90 percent are used vehicles, with an estimated value of US$1.14 billion annually. The United States, Japan, and Germany are leading suppliers.  U.S. suppliers should contact U.S. Commercial Service Ghana Commercial Specialist PaaEkow Quansah at office.accra@trade.gov to understand the latest dynamics on bans on older vehicles as well as possible changes to standards and conformity assessment for autos.  

Ghana is seeking to change this dynamic, however, by attracting investment from leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) The 2019 Ghana Automotive Development Policy in 2019 is aimed at making affordable new vehicles in the Ghanaian market and reducing the heavy reliance on used vehicles, which create environmental and safety issues. Some OEMs have already signed assembly agreements, including Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, and Suzuki. Local company Kantanka Automobile Company Limited assembles the Kantanka line of vehicles from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits from China.  It mainly produces sedans and SUVs as well as some military vehicles. The Government of Ghana has procured some of these local vehicles for its own use.  These vehicles have generally not been well received by the local market, however, due to consumer concerns about durability. 

Opportunities

  • Auto importers periodically contact Commercial Service Ghana to seek suppliers of specific autos as well as OEM and aftermarket parts to service used autos in Ghana. 
  • OEM production in Ghana provides access to various tax incentives in Ghana itself.  See the Customs Amendment Act, 2020, Act 1014.) Production in Ghana could provide duty-free access to a wide range of other African countries via the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Contact: U.S. Commercial Service Ghan at office.accra@trade.gov or +233 (0) 30 274 1329 for more information.

Resources

Government of Ghana Information Brief for Automotive Assemblers 2019

Ghana Investment Promotion Center