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

  • Change in Exchange Rate
    November 20, 2019
  • GFZA Investment Week Celebration 2019

    The Ghana Free Zones Authority has celebrated its 2019 investment week in Tamale. The celebration instituted in 2017, has been organized annually with the aim of raising public awareness about the free zones program. The event has been successfully organized in Accra for two (2) consecutive years bringing together captains of businesses from the private

    September 30, 2019
  • GFZA Quarterly Meeting

    Circulars from the Ghana Free Zones Authority is available on this page, please ensure you have Adobe Reader to view the documents as they are in the widely accepted PDF Format. All downloads require Adobe PDF Reader. If you don’t have Adobe Reader Installed, please use the link below to download a free copy. Download

    July 30, 2019