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Businesses push for an overhaul of port clearance processes

Benjamin Yeboah - Executive Member, GUTA

Importers and business associations are demanding an overhaul of the revenue collection systems at the various ports in the country. They argue that they are over burdened with taxes which impede the efficient revenue collection and general activities at the ports. The business operators have also threatened to boycott business related activities at the ports altogether if more practical methods ...

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Importers blame custom officials’ interdiction for port delays


At least one hundred staff of the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at the Tema Port have been interdicted for their alleged involvement in revenue losses. Information available to Citi Business News indicates that the development has spanned between May and July 18, 2017. In addition, the customs division has also embarked on 70 inward transfers so ...

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Amend insurance laws for mandatory towing by insurers


An Insurance Consultant, George Addae has impressed on authorities to amend Ghana’s insurance laws to allow insurance companies undertake the mandatory towing of vehicles. He explains to Citi Business News the new provisions will among others spell out the modalities in carrying out that mandate. “Now to create a levy on the motor insurance car policy will require legal backing ...

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GCNET to pilot paperless regime in August


The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) has told Citi Business News it will from next month [August], pilot its systems aimed at achieving a paperless transaction at the ports. The General Manager, of GCNET Alwin Hoegerle, explains that the exercise should help adjust the system for a smooth take off in September 2017. “Probably very early in August we ...

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10 companies honored at 2017 Trade Facilitation Awards


Ten companies have been awarded for their role in trade facilitation for the year under review. They were rewarded at the 2nd edition of the National Trade Facilitation Awards held at the Labadi Beach Hotel over the weekend. The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) was awarded as best Ministry Department and Agency. Also, Buvensa Company Limited emerged as the best transitor while ...

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AWA denies blame for disabled passenger’s plight

Africa World Airlines Aircraft

Africa World Airlines (AWA) has told Citi Business News it did not flout any regulations for allegedly disembarking a passenger on a trip to Lagos in April 2017 due to his disability. The airline explains that its decision was largely informed by industry standards and was geared towards protecting the safety of the passenger in question. A passenger, Pastor Charles ...

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Infograph: Ghana’s road infrastructure poor- Report


A new report published by the Ghana Institution of Engineers(GhIE) has scored Ghana’s road infrastructure as poor, lacking the capacity to meet international standards. The report titled “Ghana Infrastructure Report Card 2016” scored the country’s road network, electric power and water infrastructure  with a grade of D3, representing poor. – By: Lawrence Segbefia/  

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Customs sets August deadline to remove ‘unwanted’ check points

Commissioner of Customs at the GRA, Isaac Crentsil (L) and Comptroller General of the GIS, Kwame Asuah Takyi

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has disclosed that it will by the middle of August 2017 remove all check points that have impeded trade activities in the country. The plan is ahead of a September deadline to get all barriers and checkpoints removed to facilitate the movement of goods, persons and services within the country and ...

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Making EPA meaningful to Ghana: Exporters push for support


Ghanaian exporters have intensified appeals for the government to improve their lot and make them competitive ahead of the eventual implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). According to them, they should be able to stand the competition from their foreign counterparts should they operate within favourable business environments. Some of them who have been speaking to Citi Business News ...

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Port agencies to pilot paperless services soon – Titus Glover

exporters in ghana

The various agencies at the country’s ports are racing against time to meet the September 1st deadline to enroll onto a paperless regime. The agencies, Citi Business News understands will commence a pilot phase of the program ahead of a complete take off in September. According to Deputy Transport Minister Titus Glover, the pilot should prompt amendments towards the implementation ...

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