GFZA Licensing and Registration

For investments to be eligible under the Free Zones Programme, the investment should satisfy the following conditions:

  • Should be a limited liability company registered with the Registrar Generals’ Department
  • Should be export-oriented.
  • Should add some value to products/services to be exported
  • Should be environmentally friendly

Requirements

Free zone investors do not require any minimum capital investment. However, investors must indicate their ability to fulfill the minimum 70% export requirement. New investors are required to go through the following steps to obtain a free zone license: Incorporate a company in Ghana with the Registrar-General’s Department and obtain Certificates of Incorporation and Commencement of Business Obtain and complete the GFZA Application Form and submit together with the following documents:

Business Plan

  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Copy of Certificate to Commence Business
  • Copy of Companies Code
  • Evidence of possession or lease of real property or intent to acquire such property
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with prospective clients
  • Environmental Protection Agency Permit (where necessary)
  • Evidence of Funding/Capital Transfer
  • Any other relevant document

The GFZA shall notify the applicant of the status of his/her application for License within 28 working days of receipt of a complete application

A license specifying authorized activity to be undertaken (i.e. Developer, Manufacturer, Commercial or Service Industry) by the applicant shall be issued to the successful applicant. The investor is required to start operations within 6 months of receiving approval to operate as a Free Zone Enterprise/Developer. An initial/renewal license fee shall be paid as follows:

 

Activity Initial Fees Annual Renewal Fee
Developer US$5,000.00 US$4,000.00
Manufacturing US$3,000.00 US$2,500.00
Service US$4,000.00 US$3,000.00
Commercial US$10,000.00 US$5,000.00

News and Events

  • Don’t condemn the entire Free Zones – Free Zones boss to GRA

    The Ghana Free Zones Authority has stated that it does not support illegal acts and would support the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in carrying out its mandate of policing goods entering and exiting Free Zone areas. It has consequently asked the GRA not to use the culpability of one Free Zone Company

    November 15, 2018
  • Auditing of licensed duty-free begins

    The Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA) is undertaking an independent audit of all licensed duty-free shops and household plastic manufacturing companies found to have violated the Free Zone Act 1995 (ACT504). The audit has become necessary following the arrest of some four persons by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for diverting duty-free goods released for

    November 15, 2018
  • Ease Of Doing Business Report: Ghana Moves Up Six Places

    Ghana has made progress in the ease of doing business, according to the World Bank Group 2019 Doing Business Report- Training for Reform, released yesterday. Ghana improved its ranking to 114 out of 190 economies up six places from 120 in the 2018 Doing Business Report. Ghana’s ease of doing business score formerly called distance

    November 2, 2018
  • Media Briefing: Inactive Free Zones companies face delisting

    Date: Aug 07 , 2018 , 09:48 BY: Doreen Andoh, Graphic Online   At least 60 out of the 200 companies operating in free zone enclaves risk having their names delisted from the records of the Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA) because they have become inactive. The authority will go ahead to delist such companies

    October 29, 2018