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International relocations by sea, air and road, pet relocation, local moves, office moves and storage. Essential import and export services by sea and air for international AID agencies. The most dedicated, professional and caring moving company in Ghana.

OUR TEAM

Worldwide Movers Ghana Ltd was established in 2013. The team work hard and take pride in giving clients the very best and most professional service possible.

We provide import, export and full door-to-door international relocations by sea, air and road. We give an essential service by sea and air for international AID agencies. We also offer a caring pet relocation service, local and office moves. Our ITGBL listed warehouse provides secure in-transit and long-term storage.

Our clients include many embassies, diplomats, international agents, corporations, private customers and NGO's. We average 350 jobs a year with many having multiple shipments (household goods, consumables and vehicles).

All our staff are provided with training and are actively encouraged to gain qualifications and progress their careers.

Helen Jones

Director

Helen has lived and worked on several continents and came to Ghana in 2013 to open the Ghana operation. The company soon gained a reputation for the moving company of choice in Ghana. Together with her staff Helen has built a thriving and successful business. Ten years on and Helen and her team have opened in Cote d’Ivoire. The team are excited by this new opportunity and the chance to extend their service to their many clients.

Edward Baah

Regional Manager

Edward joined the company in early 2014 as an assistant to Helen. His integrity, hard work, initiative and ability have seen him progress to Regional Manager. Edward is now in charge of the day to day running of the business.

Charles Obeng

Operations Manager

Charles also joined in 2014 and has been at the helm of operations during our strong growth. He manages his office staff as well as a large team of packers. He overseas all the companies operations with more than 350 moves per year.

COUNTRY PROFILE

Population: Approximatley 31 million people.

Capital: Accra (also the largest city and the economic hub).

Language: English (official language), Akan, Mole-Dagbon, Ewe, and many other local languages.

Political System: Ghana is a stable democratic republic with a multi-party political system. Elections are held regularly, and power is peacefully transferred between political parties.

GDP (Gross Domestic Product): Ghana's GDP has steady growth and is currently c. $66 billion.

GDP per Capita: Approximately $2,200

Currency: Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)

Ghana is politically stable and holds peaceful democratic elections. It was the first African country to gain independence on March 6, 1957.

Ghana's diverse economy includes agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and services. It is one of the largest producers of cocoa, has significant gold and oil reserves and has had steady economic growth.

Ghana has a rich and ancient cultural heritage. Christianity, Islam, and traditional African religions peacefully coexist. Ghanaian music and dance are vibrant and diverse. Drumming and dancing play a central role in many cultural celebrations.

Ghana's habitats include rainforests, savannas, wetlands, and coastal areas. Its national parks and wildlife reserves include Mole National Park, Kakum National Park, and Bui National Park. Its historical sites, include Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle, which played a crucial role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Mobile phone and internet

Mobile phone and internet services are provided by MTN Ghana MTN Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Vodafone Ghana and AirtelTigo AirtelTigo

Mobile phone by Glo Mobile Ghana Glo Ghana

Internet by Busy Internet Busy Internet and Surfline Communications Surfline for internet.

Getting around and orientation

Our City Orientation Tour provides a safe and friendly way to get to know your new home. We help you to find what you need and make your initial settling-in period a little easier. We are happy to drive you and show you some key places. Or, you can drive your own car to get accustomed to driving in local city traffic.

Uber and Bolt operate in Accra, providing a convenient and often safer alternative to traditional taxis. Book rides via mobile apps, the fare is usually calculated electronically.

Tro-Tros are shared minibuses or vans that operate on fixed routes and are a common and affordable mode of public transportation in Accra. Tro-Tros can be flagged down along their route, and passengers can alight anywhere.

Where to live

In Ghana, there are several neighbourhoods and areas that are popular among expatriates due to their amenities, safety, and proximity to international schools, business districts, and other facilities. Here are some expat-friendly neighbourhoods in Ghana:

Airport Residential Area (Accra): Close to the Kotoka International Airport. Home to many diplomatic missions, international schools, and upscale residences. Offers a range of amenities, including shopping malls, restaurants, and entertainment.

Cantonments (Accra): Adjacent to the Airport Residential Area. Known for its tree-lined streets and upscale housing. Hosts several embassies, high-end residences, and international organisations. Proximity to business districts and amenities.

East Legon (Accra): A popular residential area and home to a mix of expatriates and locals. Features a variety of housing options, including apartments and houses. Close to international schools and shopping centres.

Labone (Accra): Located near the central business district offers a mix of residential and commercial spaces. Known for its vibrant atmosphere and proximity to amenities.

Adjiringanor (East Legon Hills) (Accra): A suburban area within the East Legon vicinity. Attracts expatriates seeking a quieter residential environment. Features a range of housing options.

Trasacco Valley (Accra): A planned residential community. Known for its modern houses, recreational facilities, and golf course. Attracts a mix of expatriates and affluent Ghanaians.

Cantoments (Takoradi): A residential area in Takoradi. Home to expatriates working in the oil and gas industry. Offers amenities and services suitable for an expatriate community.

Please contact our office for details of reputable real-estate companies. Aim for accommodation and schooling within a sensible commute!

Schools

Look for international schools that follow recognised curricula, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) or British or American educational systems. Try institutions like:

American International School (AIS) American International School - Accra

The International School (TIS) The International School

Lincoln Community School Lincoln Community School

Ghana International School (GIS) Ghana International School

British International School (BIS) British International School - Accra

Lancaster International School Lancaster International School

Galaxy International School Ghana Galaxy International School

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College

Ensure that the schools are accredited by relevant educational authorities or international accreditation bodies.

Consider the curriculum offered by the school and whether it aligns with your child's educational needs and future plans.

Check the school's facilities, resources, and extracurricular activities to ensure a well-rounded education.

Aim for accommodation and schooling within a sensible commute!

Shopping

Shopping in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, offers a diverse and vibrant experience, with a mix of markets, malls, and local shops.

Makola Market: Makola Market is one of the most famous markets in Accra, known for its bustling atmosphere and a wide range of products. You can find fresh produce, textiles, traditional African fabrics, jewellery, and household items. Bargaining is common so be prepared to negotiate prices.

Oxford Street, Osu: Oxford Street in the Osu district is a lively area with numerous shops, boutiques, and street vendors. It's a great place to find clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. The area also has cafes, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Accra Mall: Accra Mall is a modern shopping mall with a mix of local and international brands. It has clothing, electronics, supermarkets, a food court, and a cinema. It's a popular destination for both locals and expatriates.

Marina Mall: Marina Mall is another upscale shopping centre with international and local brands, a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Arts Centre: Here you can find traditional handicrafts, wood carvings, beads, and art pieces. It's a great place to buy souvenirs and experience Ghana's rich artistic culture.

Dubois Centre Craft Market: Located near the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, this market specialises in traditional Ghanaian crafts and artifacts. It's named after the prominent African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, who spent his later years in Ghana.

Local Boutiques and Designers: Accra has a growing fashion scene with local boutiques and designers offering unique and stylish clothing. Look out for shops in neighbourhoods like Osu and Labone.

Local Food Markets: Explore local food markets and street stalls to experience Ghanaian cuisine and buy fresh produce, spices, and traditional ingredients.

Shoprite: Shoprite is a well-known international supermarket chain. It offers a wide range of products, including groceries, fresh produce, household items, and more.

MaxMart Supermarket: MaxMart is a Ghanaian supermarket chain with multiple locations sells a variety of products, including groceries, fresh produce, toiletries, and household items.

Melcom Plus: Melcom is a well-known retail chain in Ghana, and Melcom Plus stores are larger outlets that include a supermarket section. Melcom Plus sells a variety of products, including groceries and household items.

Palace Hypermarket: Palace Hypermarket is a retail chain that includes a supermarket section offering groceries, fresh produce, and household goods.

Sightseeing

Ghana has a rich history, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture. There are numerous sites to explore and activities to enjoy.

Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle: These historical sites were major centres for the transatlantic slave trade. They are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and provide a powerful and educational experience.

Kakum National Park: Known for its canopy walkway the park offers a unique opportunity to walk above the rainforest canopy and explore its diverse flora and fauna.

Shai Hills: The Shai Hills Resource Reserve, 'Shia Hills', is a protected area located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. It is about 50 kilometers north of Accra. It covers an area of approximately 47 square kilometres and is known for its scenic landscapes, wildlife, and cultural significance. Here are some key features and activities associated with th

Wli Waterfalls: Located in the Volta Region, Wli Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in West Africa. The surrounding landscape is lush, making it a beautiful natural attraction.

Mole National Park: Mole National Park is the largest wildlife conservation area in Ghana. Visitors can enjoy safari tours to see elephants, antelopes and various bird species.

Lake Volta: Lake Volta is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. Boat cruises on the lake provide stunning views, and there are opportunities for fishing and exploring nearby villages.

W.E.B. Du Bois Center: Located in Accra, this centre is dedicated to the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois, a prominent African-American scholar. The site includes his mausoleum and a small museum.

Independence Arch and Black Star Square: Found in Accra, these landmarks are symbols of Ghana's independence and sovereignty. Black Star Square is a significant venue for national events and celebrations.

Kumasi Central Market: One of the largest markets in West Africa, Kumasi Central Market is a vibrant place to experience Ghanaian culture and buy traditional crafts, textiles, and more.

Aburi Botanical Gardens: Located in the Eastern Region, Aburi Botanical Gardens offer a peaceful retreat with a variety of plant species and walking trails.

Kintampo Waterfalls: Situated in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Kintampo Waterfalls is a picturesque natural attraction with cascading water surrounded by lush vegetation.

Cape Three Points: Cape Three Points, the southern most tip of Ghana, is known for its picturesque landscapes and pristine beaches.

Nzulezo: This famous stilt village in the Western Region of Ghana is known for its unique setting on Lake Tadane. The entire village is built on stilts above the water. The village is accessible by traditional canoes, and visitors can take boat trips. The community has preserved its traditional practices and lifestyle and is known for its unique cultural heritage.

Cultural Events and Festivals: Cultural events and festivals include the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra and the Aboakyer Festival in Winneba.

Safety

Stay safe, be aware of your surroundings and take precautions.

Research: Learn about the city and which areas are safe. Stay updated on local news and events, travel advisories or safety alerts issued for the city.

Accommodation: Use reputable well-reviewed accommodations. Look for good security measures. Use reliable booking platforms to ensure your reservation is legitimate.

Transport: Use licensed and reputable transport options. Avoid travelling alone late at night and use well-lit and busy routes.

Avoid Risky Areas: Be cautious in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas, especially at night.

Personal Belongings: Keep your belongings secure. Use anti-theft backpacks or money belts. Be cautious with flashy jewellery, expensive gadgets and large amounts of cash.

Contacts: Contact locals or expats who can give you guidance. Share your plans with someone you trust. Know the local emergency numbers (police, medical, fire). Carry a list of contacts, including the nearest embassy or consulate.

ITC: Use secure Wi-Fi connections and consider using a VPN. Keep your devices charged and have a backup power source.

Language: Learn some basic phrases in the local language, especially those for seeking help or directions.

Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly in areas where it is appropriate.

Health Precautions: Be aware of health risks and take necessary vaccinations. Carry necessary medications and know the location of local medical facilities.

Trust Your Instincts: If a situation feels uncomfortable, remove yourself from it. Trust your instincts and be cautious about accepting invitations or assistance from strangers.

FAQS

How are moving costs calculated?

Moving costs are based on factors such as:

The volume and weight of your belongings

Whether your belongings are being shipped by air, sea or road (or a combination)

Your origin and destination

Any special requirements you have such as crating for art work

Ease of access to your property

Additional services requested

Please provide our surveyor and operations manager with as much information as possible.

We use the assessment made by our surveyor and the information you provide to calculate your quote.

Why do I need a Survey?

As each move is unique our service usually begins with a survey. Our surveyor will estimate the volume of goods to be shipped and the materials needed. He will listen carefully to any special instructions or requests you may have. He will also make an assessment of the property checking for any access issues (narrow gates or height restrictions) and look at lift access and staircases.

Do you provide packing services?

We have teams of highly experienced professional packers

We use high quality and appropriate materials to protect and pack your belongings

* You should not pack your own belongings

Many countries will not allow entry of goods that have been packed by their owners (PBO). This ensures no prohibited items are shipped with your belongings.

Any boxes labelled PBO are very likely to be opened and searched by customs officials

Our teams will produce a detailed packing list which they will ask you to sign

Are there any items you cannot move?

We do not ship prohibited goods, such as:

Ivory or furs, drugs, weapons, hazardous materials or perishable items.

Each location has its own export and import regulations. Our teams will be able to advise.

We do not pack keys or passports (you will need those)

It is recommended that you carry any small high value items, such as jewellery, rather than having it shipped with your goods

Is my shipment insured during the move?

Your normal household insurance is unlikely to cover your goods in transit.

We offer protection cover for your move including marine insurance.

Your shipment may be insured by your origin agent if you are importing your goods to us.

It is very important that you complete a detailed valued inventory of your goods as one box may contain items of much greater value than another.

Please read our terms and conditions for information on liability.

How should I prepare for the move?

It helps if you are organised.....

Make sure you have applied for any visas or permissions you will need and have your passports up to date and ready

Dispose of or sell any items you do not wish to take

Separate items to be shipped from those to remain

Separate items to be shipped by air and those to be shipped by sea (if appropriate)

Label or attach stickers to the items to be packed

Organise school books or your children's much loved toys

How long will it take to move my belongings to my new home?

From start to finish the entire moving process has a number of steps:

Survey - please book your survey as far in advance as is practical

Quote - once your survey is done our team will contact shipping line and destination agents. Once all this information is in and collated we can provide you with a quote/estimate.

PLEASE NOTIFY US OF ANY CHANGES

Packing dates - we can be very busy especially at peak packing time in the summer months. We will always aim to pack on or close to your preferred dates when possible

Transport to port

Export clearing

Loading onto shipping vessel

Transit by sea or air - this can take a day to several weeks. We can give an estimated time of arrival (ETA) to help you with planning. However, many things affect the transit time and are out of our control: technical issues, weather, international incidents, port congestion etc. Your shipment is tracked and the ETA adjusted accordingly.

Offloading from the vessel

Import clearing

Transport to storage or your new home

Unpacking and debris removal

What other costs might I expect to incur?

We will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed quote for our services which should highlight any exclusions.

DUTY AND TAX: Customs/import duty is imposed when people bring goods into a country. Duty can vary widely depending on the country and its specific customs regulations. Personal belongings and household goods are sometimes duty free or have a reduced rate. Exemptions or reductions may apply to some individuals, such as expatriates on short-term assignments and diplomats. Depending on the country there may be other taxes and levys charged on your shipment.

A customs declaration including a detailed inventory, packing list, and relevant identification documents is crucial for smooth customs clearance. Some countries may require additional documents, such as a visa, work permit, or proof of residence. We can provide guidance on the documentation required and potential duty implications.

DEMURRAGE: Demurrage is charged by a shipowner for any delay in loading/unloading a vessel or returning the container beyond the allowed free time. Delays can arise for many reasons including port congestion, customers not presenting the required paperwork on time etc

Free time is generally about 5 days for an air import and 7 days for a sea import (including weekends and holidays). Charges are calculated on a daily rate for each day beyond the free time.

We are unable to include demurrage charges in our quote as they vary. You, your origin agent or your company are usually responsible for paying demurrage. It is important for us to know who to contact so that they can be paid efficiently, the container is released and further unnecessary charges are not incurred.

OTHER

Inspections - Your shipment may be selected for inspection or X-Ray by officials for which there will be an additional fee.

Storage - We are able to store your household goods for you if for example your new home is not ready. We charge warehouse handling and storage for this service.

Handyman - We offer other services such as a handyman if you need other work such as putting up curtains, electrical work, assembly of IKEA furniture and so on....

Out of Hours - Additional may be incurred if you require us to work after hours, on weekends or public holidays.

Can you relocate my pets?

International relocation of pets involves careful planning and adherence to regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friends.

We have moved many pets all over the world including USA, UK, many EU countries, New Zealand, Australia, Cyprus, Thailand, Singapore....

Pet import requirements and regulations vary and some countries have strict rules and timelines to which you must adhere.

Ensure that your pet has a compliant microchip registered with your contact information.

Visit your veterinarian well in advance and ensure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations required by the destination country. Give parasite treatments according to the regulations of the destination country. Obtain a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian shortly before travel.

An import permit may be required by the destination country. Obtain the necessary permits and ensure compliance with any waiting periods. Be aware of any quarantine requirements in the destination country.

You will need an IATA and airline-approved travel crate that provides enough space for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Familiarise your pet with the crate before travel. Include familiar items like blankets or toys in the travel crate (but no choking hazards). Ensure access to water and any necessary medications during the journey.

We organise the door-to-door relocation of pets, from collection at your residence, booking with the airline, airport procedures and processing, arranging a destination agent and hand over or delivery to your new home. We select an airline we trust with experience in transporting pets. We consider the travel time, any transfers and their location so that we choose the best route for the comfort and safety of your pet/s. Some airlines have specific pet travel programs.

You will need to provide original copies of all your pets documents. We will also need your old and new address and contact information.

NB: Do not give your pet any sedative or calming medications/supplements - these can have devastating affects at altitude. We will refuse to ship your animal if we suspect it is sedated.

We can also relocate other animals and always adhere to regulations. If your pet is CITES listed you will need to provide the correct paperwork.

TESTIMONIALS

Dear Charles and William,

We would like to thank you, all of you, for the very good job you have done. Your team, this morning, was efficient and competent. We will have the pleasure to work with you again. Thank you very much.

Kindest regards Helene

Why Choose Us?

With over 30 years of experience on the African Continent, Worldwide Movers Africa has the knowledge and dedication needed to successfully move your belongings.

CONTACT THE GHANA TEAM

Contact Details

Office telephone +233 (0) 302 971258

Regional Manager
Mr Edward Baah: edward.baah@wwmaf.co

Operations Manager
Mr Charles Obeng: charles.obent@wwmaf.co

Pet enquiries
Mr Paul Taylor: GhanaAdmin@wwmaf.co

Mrs Helen Jones - helen.wwmaf@icloud.com.
Tel: +44 (0)7940 427483 and +233 533 695158


Head Office and Courier Address

Worldwide Movers Ghana Ltd
PSB Plaza, Warehouse 13
Plot No. 87, Spintex Road
Accra
Ghana

Postal Address

P.O. Box CT10216
Cantonments
Accra
Ghana

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