Freight Forwarders Call For Dialogue To Suspend Demurrages

| Updated Sep 07, 2017 at 5:37pm



Some freight forwarders in Tema are calling on the government to dialogue with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, GPHA, and the Shipping Lines to suspend charging rent and demurrage considering the teething problems associated with the implementation of the paperless system at the Port.

Speaking with Obonu News in Tema, the agents disclosed that still; there are delays with the processing of the Customs Classification and Valuation Report, CCVR, which remains the basis for the clearing process.

They maintained that much as they support the new regime, it is not entirely new in the clearing process, however, the information provided them and importers is not what pertains on the ground.

He explained that due to miscommunication, importers are now mounting pressure on them for late clearing of their cargo.

The Tema Regional Chairman of the Customs Brokers Association of Ghana, CUBAG, Emmanuel Gadzekpo, says the government is not likely to meet its revenue target for the year looking at the level of anomalies associated with the implementation of the Paperless System at the Port.

Speaking with Obonu News in Tema, Mr. Gadzekpo said the slow pace of receiving feedback from the system coupled with unstable network is not encouraging.

He maintained that the implementation of the paperless system should have been piloted.

Mr. Gadzekpo spoke to Edith Atiaka-Eshun.

Meanwhile, some freight forwarders say they are still frustrated at the Port over issues they encounter in processing documents to clear their cargo.

Some frustrated freight forwarders expressing their sentiments.

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