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Sampa is a town in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, on the border with Côte d'Ivoire. It is the capital of Jaman North District, and was formerly the site of a slave market. It is the biggest border town in Ghana with a population of over 26,000. There are 8 entry points in the region but Sampa is the biggest entry point to the northern of Ivory Coast. 


Name of Border Crossing:


Sampa [Ghana]

Soko [Ivory Coast]

Province or District:

Western Region / Brong-Ahafo

Nearest Town or City:



3 km





Managing Authority/Agency:

Customs Division

Contact Person

Mr. Mohammad Baba

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport:

Bondoukou in Ivory Coast
13 km
Truck: 1 hour
Car: 15 minutes

Nearest Port:

Tema in Ghana
520 km
Truck: 14
Car: 8 hours

Nearest Major Market:


Sampa on Mondays
3 km
Truck: 10 minutes
Car: 5 minutes

Other Information: 

There are 7 fueling stations in Sampa. There aren’t any weighing bridges en route.

Hours of Operation


06:00 – 18:00


06:00 – 18:00


06:00 – 18:00


06:00 – 18:00


06:00 – 18:00


06:00 – 18:00


06:00 – 18:00


No dates of closure during the year.


During the rainy season from May to September.

Daily Capacity

There is not a lane for private cars. A parking area is available at the site with security during the night. Around 10 trucks cross the border on daily basis in both ways and around 20 private vehicles.

Customs Clearance

The post is not computerized but uses manual methods. For the exportation, a custom document titled ‘Non Traditional Export Form’ should be filled by the exporter. The customs process includes making 10 copies of the document (1 for the exporter, 1 for the Customs, 1 for the Ministry of Trade, 1 for the Ministry of Finance, 1 for the Statistical Services, 1 for the Customs HQ and 1 for the Ministry concerned). For the importation, the truck and cargo should be accompanied by a Proforma Invoice which is considered the ‘Bill of Lading’, the Waybill and packing list. For the food imported, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture should approve the consignment. There is a lab available at Sunyama where a sample of the cargo will be examined. Depending on the feedback from the lab, the Ministry of Agriculture issues an import certificate to be joined to the documents. The consignment then could be released from the Customs. The process takes 1 day or 2 days depending on the information. All foreign trucks must enter with a temporary importation certificate. There is only one inspection conducted on the truck and the cargo with the presence of all the representatives of the ministries concerned. The customs duties if applicable are paid at the post in cash. 

Other Relevant Information

Trucks need to wait 1 to 2 days depending on the information from the outside. Only one inspection is conducted on the truck and cargo. The importation of medicines requires an importation permit from the Ministry of Health. If importing livestock, then a health permit is needed from the vet. Services.  


For government contact information, please see the following link: 4.1 Ghana Government Contact List



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