The Ghana Institute of
Freight Forwarders (GIFF) says they will seek legal action to register their
disagreement over the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) policy.
The Cargo Tracking
Note, CTN is a platform by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for collection and
management of commercials and logistical information relating to the cargo and
ship from the port of loading.
The Ghana Institute of
Freight Forwarders is one of the main groups strongly against this policy. They
argued the CTN is not only a duplication of the existing platform but will also
increase the cost of doing business at the port.
''If you see the
manifest structure as we are going to see by 1st of September you will see the
gaps that have been filled. Two of those gaps that has been filled that CTN is
saying they are going or they are coming to town with is the value of the cargo
and the freight, value of freight or freight as we call it. So with all these
gaps that has been filled, one wonders why folks are still bent on the introduction
of this cargo tracking,” he said.
President of GIFF,
Kwabena Ofosu Appiah, however, says it may head to court to stop Ghana Revenue
Authority from continuing the policy which started on July 1 this year.
''With all this
confusion that has been thrown into the shipping sub-sector, we are losing out.
And once these traders get comfortable with another route, we are finished'',
However, the Deputy
Minister of Trade and Industries, Carlos Ahenkorah, insists the CTN will
come with no cost to businesses.
''So GRA, the
government body that is in charge of this exercise is doing everything possible
to come up with ways and means to ensure that collection of revenue is
maximized'', he stated.
This is the third
attempt by the Ghana Revenue Authority to implement the policy.
On May 28, 2018, a
statement was issued from the office of the vice president for a suspension of
The letter among other
things noted, the Manifest structure which already exists was more efficient
than the CTN, hence, the need for the suspension.
Despite this letter
from the presidency, the GRA has gone ahead with the implementation effective
July 1, which was contained in a letter dated 4th June, 2018.
The GRA, however,
warned shipments that are not covered by a valid CTN number will not be cleared
through Customs in Ghana and fines may apply.