Mob-up, Backup System For Paperless Port Takes Off Today, September 1

| Updated Sep 01, 2017 at 2:41pm



The Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Isaac Crentsil says there will be a mob-up and backup system for the Paperless Port Initiative to take off on Friday, September 1, as scheduled, although the day is a public holiday.

He however, said serious business will begin on Monday.

In an interview with Radio Ghana in Tema,, Mr. Crentsil said Freight Forwarders must embrace the Paperless Port system because it will even make things easier for them; and assured them that Customs officials are ready to comply with the Paperless directive.

The Acting Head of Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Mrs. Esther Gyebi Donkor, said the GPHA is prepared for the smooth implementation of the Paperless Port directive.

In a related development, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) on Thursday held a stakeholders forum in Accra as part of measures to ensure that the country’s ports go paperless successfully.

The Head of Shipper Services, GSA, Mrs. Naa Densua Aryeetey, said it was important that GSA sensitised shippers on issues affecting their operations.

She said one key aim of the meeting was to engage organisations connected to the work of shippers, such as the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Company Limited, for better understanding and effective collaboration.

Mrs. Aryeetey said this was mainly with respect to the Government directive that all ports in the country go paperless with effect from September 1, 2017.

She said Ghana is currently working on expediting the shipment of goods at the country’s ports, as a follow-up to Ghana ratifying a number of agreements with the World Trade Organisation.

Mrs. Aryeetey said the GSA has put in place series of programs, to sensitize shippers in the country on the transition to paperless operations.

“We will have follow-up educative programs, which are planned to last all year long,” she said, adding that this would ensure the new system was well understood to become successful.