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Ghana National Chamber of Commerce Laments multiplicity of taxes at the ports of Ghana
The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce has held a sensitization and validation workshop on situational analyses of Tema and Takoradi seaports as well as Kotoka International Airport.
The workshop follows series of complaints by members of the Chamber of Commerce and the business community on the multiplicity of taxes at the ports of Ghana, inefficiencies and duplications of duties by state agencies present there.
These issues, the chamber of commerce believes add up to the cost of doing business at both the sea and airports.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Mark Badu Aboagye said his outfit is going to engage the various players in the clearance chain so as to find lasting solutions their issues.
He believes this will go a long to improve efficiency at Ghana’s ports and also create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Parliamentary Select Committee On Trade, Industry And Tourism Engages Stakeholders Over Veep’s 3 Directives On Port Efficiency
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism Chaired by the Member of Parliament for Tema East Constituency and the Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover has engaged various stakeholders in the port sector to appraise their preparedness for the September first deadline for the implementation of the three directives given by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The directives included a Joint Port Mandatory Inspection by September 1st, a 100% paperless transaction at the Ports and the removal of all customs barriers at the country’s corridors by September 1st, 2017.
The chairman of the Committee stakeholders to as a matter of urgency integrate their systems for the smooth take-off by the 1st of September.
The Information Technology support service providers equally spoke on what had been put in place to ensure the directive is successfully adhered to.
The Deputy Managing Director of GCNet, Emmanuel Darko said his outfit will provide hand held devices to facilitate their work.
Emmanuel Darko, the deputy General Manager of GCNet stressed the need for the Ministry of Interior and the Finance to be integrated onto the eMDA system in order for them to monitor transactions going on in the trade and revenue chain.
He said GCNet is ready to demonstrate their readiness for the paperless system before the September 1st deadline.
The CEO of West blue consulting, Valentina Minta stressed the need for all eMDAs to share data and also integrate their systems. This, according to her will ensure trade facilitation.
Representatives of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, GPHA explained the progress of work on the JADE system which will allow for the handling of cargo electronically.
The Monitoring Manager at GPHA, Josphine Gyimah Akuafo said already vessel booking to the port has been made electronic while putting in place additional measures for online payments.
The acting Commissioner of Customs, Isaac Crentsil said the Vice President’s directive for all customs barriers to be removed on the country’s corridor will be carried out except that some barriers would have to be maintained for security purposes and also to check smuggling.
On the paperless directive, he charged importers to be truthful by avoiding under declaration in the submission of their documents to customs.
Other regulatory agencies like the Ghana Standards Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Atomic Energy among others also pledged their readiness to the paperless system and joint inspection at the ports.
Prof. Gyan Baffour believes the directive when carried out will go a long way to make the port efficient and lead to an increase in government’s revenue.
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders also stated that they have educated their members ahead of the 1st September deadline so as to allay their fears of being kicked out of business.

GOIL Enhances Electronic Go Card To Serve Customers Better
Ghana Oil Company, also known as GOIL which is the leading oil marketing company in the country and thus far the only Oil and Gas company that has entered into the marine gas or bunkering with Marine Gas tanks in both the Sekondi Naval Base and the Takoradi Harbour has vowed not to relent on its customer focused agenda.
To this end, the head of Fuels Marketing of GOIL, Marcus Deo Dake has revealed that, the new GOIL electronic payment cards called GO cards has a limitless cash capacity that can allow customers purchase any item the GOIL GO cafes using the electronic GO cards.
He assured customers that GOIL’s GO cards are much secured to avert being tempered with by persons who are not authorised to use them.
Even for crew members of vessels who arrive at the country’s ports seeking to purchase an item or two, the GOIL GO cards are the best cashless devices that one can depend on.

United State Coast Guard Commends Security At Ghana’s Ports Following Strict Audit To Test Compliance On ISPS Code
Officials from the United State Coast guard have conducted their routine auditing of port facilities in the port of Tema.
The audit is in line with the international ship and port security (ISPS) code, which came into being in the early part of 2004 and aimed at implementing and enforcing high security measures to prevent the act of terrorism and other security threats in Ports and their facilities.
The team visited the various entry and exit points of the port of Tema to assess control mechanisms put in the place by Ghana’s Port Authority.
The team observed a high and full compliance on the part of Ghana’s Port Security led by Lt. Cool. Nana Antwi-Darkwa which is geared towards protecting lives and properties at Ghana’s Ports.
They also observed how cargoes are discharged in a safe environment.
Ron Caputo, a member of the US Coast Guard team commended the port authority for the improved level of security even in the area of cargo discharge but stressed that it can be improved.
The Port Security Manager, Lt. Col. Nana Antwi-Darkwa said security in Ghana’s Ports has improved enormously following stringent measures put in place the Port Authority.
“Education has been good, the access control system has also been very good because in 2014 we use to have issues with stowaways but now for the past two years there hasn’t been any record of stowaways from our country to any country,” he said.
The Harbour Master of Tema Port, Christian Yeboah Asante said noncompliance to the ISPC code could have had dire consequences for the Port Authority.   
Meanwhile, the security department of the port authority has held a short ceremony to remember some personnel who died in the line of duty within the last 15 years.
This is said to serve as a source of encouragement for officers in the discharge of their duties.
They also used the occasion to show appreciation to God for his guidance and protection.
Personnel were charged to be professional in their dealings and desist from any act that could drag the name of the port authority and Ghana into disrepute.

Customs Officers Trained On Modern Principles of Classifying Goods
Over Fifty officers at the Customs Technical Services Bureau, which is the beginning of documentation for customs clearance, have been trained on the modern principles of classifying goods that are entering into the country, for purposes of establishing values and collecting taxes.
The refresher training which is facilitated by the technical support providers of the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority is to sharpen the skills of the officers and also equip them to conduct their work professionally.
A former officer of the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Emmanuel Impraim said there is the need for the importing public to be educated so they do not misclassify their goods.
He implored the officers to develop the level of integrity required for the execution of their job so as to generate the needed revenue for the state.

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