Shipping from the UK to Ghana has always been a big deal. If you grew up with African parents in the diaspora, you might be all too familiar with your parents shipping any and everything back home. There still isn’t an efficient postal system in Ghana, so it can be difficult sending things over, especially if you don’t use a reliable company. There are multiple methods to send and receive items in Ghana, but it depends on your budget and what you’re sending. Some of the available methods are via courier (think DHL, Parcel Force or even Royal Mail) air freight and shipping. Courier and air freight tend to be more expensive than shipping, which is also great for sending bulky items like fridges, beds and sofas.
We’ve all heard the horror stories of people’s items getting damaged, being delivered late or not at all; so I was hesitant to ship my things over until I found a reliable company with decent prices. I’ve been in Ghana for over a year, but getting a good, affordable desk has been a challenge. I work on a computer for most of my day, and started to get serious back pain as a result of not having a proper desk (don’t be like me, make sure look after your back guys!)
Shipping An Ikea Desk To Ghana
As part of my self-care goals for this year, I promised myself that I’d buy a desk. I also saw it as a great opportunity to get a custom desk made in Ghana. I’m a firm believer in supporting Ghanaian businesses, but after a couple of run-ins with some unreliable carpenters (that’s a story for another day!), I decided to buy my desk from IKEA and have it shipped over from the UK.
First Klass Door To Door Shipping
I found out about First Klass Shipping through my dad, who has used them to send a couple of items to Ghana. They’re a door to door shipping company, which means that they collect the item, clear it at customs once your items reach Ghana and deliver straight to your door. My dad had no problems in the three years he’s used them, so I thought I’d give them a try. I bought my desk new from IKEA, so it came flat packed and ready to go. (If you’re shipping an item that’s already assembled, I can’t vouch for how they’ll handle it!) I assume the easiest way to ship is with the packaging, so if you’re planning on shipping a new item, try to keep the packaging. I’m sure this will make the process much easier!
The Shipping Process & Delivery
I called the shipping company beforehand to ask about the process, but the lady didn’t seem to know much information. In that respect, the customer service wasn’t great, as she should have been able to tell me more about the process and pricing. I did, however, manage to find a price list on their website which you can see here. It’s worth noting that they don’t confirm the price of shipping until they collect or receive the item.
They charged me £30 to send my desk, but this may vary from what they could quote you. They’re based in Birmingham, but also do pickups in London which is really convenient. You can also order your product directly from the store (which is something my dad has done) to the shipping company, instead of pickup from your house.
My desk was delivered from IKEA to my Mum’s house, so they picked it up from there. Once collected, they gave her a reference code. Make sure that you make a note of it – you’ll need it to track your delivery or if anything goes wrong. They also gave her the numbers for the Ghana office (after she asked) which she passed on to me. It took three weeks from the date they picked up to arrive in Ghana. Once it arrived, the Ghana branch called to arrange the delivery. Upon delivery, I had to sign and they gave me a slip as proof of receipt.
Overall, I found the process to be straightforward, simple and affordable. I had a great first experience with First Klass Shipping and will definitely be using them again. If any of you are interested in using them, you can find their contact details below or you can book directly here.
- website: http://www.firstklassshipping.com/index.php
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UK phone numbers: (+44) 07947489399 | (+44) 0121 236 6274 | (+44) 07479640081
- Ghana phone numbers: (+233) 0571038084 | (+233) 0264269626
Interested in learning more about my time in Ghana? Check out some of my other posts here!