Describes bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that this country is party to, including with the United States. Includes websites and other resources where U.S. companies can get more information on how to take advantage of these agreements.
Ghana is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a signatory to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, which replaced the Lomé Convention, a trade and aid agreement between the European Union and 46 of Europe’s former colonies and dependencies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (the ACP group). Ghana has an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, which will provide duty-free and quota-free access into Europe’s market once implemented. Ghana is also eligible for duty-free access to the U.S. market under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Ghana has ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement and is hosting the Secretariat of the AfCFTA. The country is also a key member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (www.nist.gov/notifyus) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries and industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.