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Veep to make or unmake GRA’s new cargo tracking policy


The proposed implementation of the Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) system at the ports by the GRA may suffer another setback unless the office of the Vice President moves in to avert any such issue. The GRA has directed that from July 1, all imports into Ghana must bear the unique CTN numbers before they can be cleared. The GRA also ...

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Govt calls the bluff of freight forwarders on UNIPASS

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah

The government has insisted that it will not be liable for any judgment debt with the introduction of the UNIPASS system at the country’s ports. The Ministry of Trade and Industry which signed on behalf of the government maintains that the new system is crucial for the blocking of all revenue leakages at the ports. The UNIPASS is expected to ...

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Importers resist Customs’ Cargo Tracking Notes policy

Kwabena Ofosu Appiah - President, Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders

Businesses at the ports are opposing customs new policy, the Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN), saying it will add unto their cost of production. The CTN is expected to track all imports to Ghana to reduce revenue losses with under declaration. Even before its implementation in March 2018, the businesses say they will be disadvantaged. The freight forwarders argue that the ...

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Freight forwarders bemoan ‘ineffective’ paperless system

Kwabena Ofosu Appiah - President, Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders

Freight Forwarders have lamented over the poor implementation of the paperless system at the port. The freight forwarders say the system has not improved transactions at the ports especially as paperwork continues to dominate their transactions. The paperless system which has been in operation since September last year (2017), is among others expected to reduce face to face transactions,  paper ...

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GRA to prosecute defaulters of excise tax stamp

Emmanuel Kofi Nti - Commissioner General, GRA

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has served notice it will prosecute all businesses who fail to comply with the implementation of the excise tax stamp policy. The GRA has also warned that defaulters will risk seizure of their goods for non-compliance. The sanctions are however expected to be rolled out in April when the grace period would have elapsed. Starting ...

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Customs dismisses fresh agitations against paperless ports

Isaac Crentsil - Commissioner for Customs Division, GRA

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has rejected claims by some business operators at the ports over the resumption of the manual clearing system. It argues that it has addressed the outstanding issues with the paperless clearing system hence the claims by the businesses cannot hold. Some clearing agents and freight forwarders last week expressed grave concern ...

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Importers, clearing agents lament existing delays at ports

Tema Port Long Room

Businesses operating at the Tema Port have expressed reservations over what they say is the resumption of manual clearing system at the ports. The concerns by the businesses come barely three months into the operations of the paperless clearing systems. Citi News’ Tema correspondent, Elvis Washington reports that many of the clearing agents and freight forwarders are still seen carrying ...

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Authorities defy appeals to suspend paperless system

General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the GPHA, Mrs Esther Gyebi-Donkor

Officials of the Tema port have downplayed claims by the freight forwarders that the implementation of the paperless clearing system be postponed over low sensitization. They have therefore dismissed any possibility to suspend the implementation of the policy. The freight forwarders argue that the paperless system risks a major setback if government fails to address their concerns. Some are pushing ...

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