Overview of the Chemical Industry in Ghana and How to Buy Chemicals

Flag of Ghana, Where Camachem Export Chemicals for Sale

Introduction to Ghana

  • Population: 31 million people
  • Capital: Accra
  • Official Language: English
  • Official Language: English
  • Currency: Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)

Economy of Ghana

Economic Overview:

    • Ghana is located in Western Africa, north of the Equator.
    • Ghana has the 11th largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Ghana has a GDP of $67,000,000,000.00.
    • The largest industries: Petroleum, Mining, Energy, Paints, Aluminum Smelting, Light Manufacturing, Steel, Furniture, Textiles, Cement, Pharmaceuticals, Footwear, Motor Vehicle, Food Processing, and Rubber.

Economy Breakdown of Ghana:

      • Service sector: 57%
      • Industry: 24 %
      • Agriculture: 18%

Ghana’s Main Import Partners:

      • China: 17%
      • Switzerland: 15%
      • India: 14%
      • South Africa: 12%
      • Netherlands: 6%

Ghana’s Main Export Partners:

      • China: 18%
      • India: 9%
      • United States: 9%
      • United Kingdom: 7%
      • Belgium: 5%

Chemical use in Ghana

Given the economic growth of Ghana, it is an attractive country for chemical trade. Ghana's chemical industry is diverse and includes fertilizers, aluminum smelting, light manufacturing, furniture, paints, steel, cement, food processing, and textile.

The chemical sector contributes to about 6% of the National GDP and about 11% of Ghana's manufacturing GDP.

      • Water Treatment Industry

Ghana seeks to achieve universal water coverage by 2025, but the process is already facing challenges, from illegal mining activities to severe droughts and unsafe environmental practices.

Ghana's population is also on the rise, coupled with increased urbanization and industrialization. Ghana has greatly contributed to the increased demand for clean and safe water.


Ghana uses large amounts of water treatment chemicals, some of which are manufactured locally but mostly imported.

Camachem Camachem has supplied water treatment chemicals such as Sodium Hypochlorite and Ferric Chloride to Ghana.

      • Fertilizer Industry

Fertilizer consumption has increased substantially in Ghana; this has been contributed to by factors such as favorable international fertilizer prices, private sector investments, and good government policies.

Ghana is the second-largest producer of cocoa in the world. Agriculture contributes about 20% to Ghana's GDP, accounting for over 30% of export earnings.

Ghana uses a lot of chemical fertilizers, most of which are procured internationally.

Camachem has supplied chemical fertilizers such as Dicalcium Phosphate (DCP) to Ghana.

      • Oil and Gas Industry

Ghana started producing oil in 2010, and since, then its production of oil has more than doubled. This is a relatively new industry in Ghana's economy.

Ghana produces over 80,000 barrels of crude oil per year.

Ghana uses many imported chemicals, because the demand for mining chemicals is higher than it can produce.

Camachem has supplied mining chemicals such as Collectors, Hydroxamic Acid, and Activated Carbon to Ghana.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Ghana

Ghana is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are:

      • Port of Tema
      • Port of Takoradi
      • Port of Elmina
      • Port of Sekondi

For importing the good, Camachem uses the Port of Takoradi, the busiest port in Ghana, serving as the major economic door for importing and exporting goods.

Seaports and Trading Hubs in Ghana

      • International trading seaports and trading hubs in Ghana, including the port of Takoradi, which is the busiest container seaport.

Port of Takoradi in Ghana

What Chemicals does Ghana Import?

According to the latest trade data, Ghana imports USD 131 million in inorganic chemicals and USD 102 million in organic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to Ghana?

Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) is an inspection body mandated to check and ensure that all import standards are followed.
Import Inspection is the process of ascertaining the quality and safety of imports/products at the entry point.

      • Conformity Assessment: When evaluating a product, in this case, a chemical, to ensure all requirements are followed during manufacturing.
      • Handling of Nonconforming Imported Products: All products, including chemicals that do not conform to the standards applicable, labeling, and specifications requirement shall be disposed of as specified under the law.
      • Certificate of Conformance: The government shall clear no consignment of chemicals without the certificate.
      • License and Permits: The Company must have the license, all the necessary permits, and these documents must be presented to the Ghana Standards Authority.
      • Other import requirements such as a packing list, bill of landing, insurance certificate, commercial invoice, valuation, and cargo release order remain the same.

The following are other regulations and guidelines for clearing high-risk products such as chemicals.

      • All importers are required to send declarations to the Ghana Standard Authority through GCNet.
      • All importers of High Risk Good must be registered with the Ghana Standards Authority.
      • A certificate of analysis should accompany all imported High-Risk Goods.
      • An importer is required to purchase the applicable standards.

Why Should Ghana Import Chemicals?

      • High Chemicals Cost - Locally manufactured chemicals tend to be more expensive than imported ones. This has increased Ghana's import of chemicals.
      • Long-term Agreements - Long-term contracts are those that can last up to a period of 30 years for established manufacturers. The advantage of long-term agreements is that they offer discounts, partnerships in production processes, consistency, and stability.
      • Chemical Quality - International importers are consistent with the quality of chemicals they export, while domestic manufacturers' products vary from time to time.

Activated Carbon CTC55 for Sale in Ghana

Activated Carbon CTC55 is one of the key chemicals that we export to Ghana


      • Activated carbon is packed in the warehouse. The chemical is used in the process of water purification.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals for Ghana?

Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Ghana. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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