A delegation from the Niger Shippers Council have paid a courtesy on the acting Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and his management team.
Niger, is one of the transit countries that use the ports of Ghana to import cargoes and export cargoes into their country.
The visit, according to the Director General of the Niger Shippers’ Council is to strengthen the ties between GPHA and the Niger Shippers Council to improve the volume of trade passing through Ghana’s Ports.
“No businessman would like to do a business that he would lose. He would definitely be interested in where he would make a lot of profit but if few of them have stopped to do business with the Ghana Ports then there is something that is holding them back. Our role now is to provide services and conditions that would keep those who continue to do business here with us,” Abdoullah Mohammed urged.
The Ag. Director General of GPHA, Michael Luguje commended shippers in Niger for choosing Ghana’s Ports as their preferred choice ahead of their competitors due to the quality of service.
“I want to thank shippers of Niger deciding to use our Ports of Tema and Takoradi, even if it is because we have better quality of service and attractive conditions.”
He assured shippers of Niger that GPHA together with other stakeholders will continue to improve Ghana’s corridors so as to make them attractive to shippers from landlocked countries in terms of cost and quality service.
“We will try to, as much as possible in collaboration with customs, our primary stakeholders, and all others, in the best of our abilities and conditions of our country, check our tariffs and all other arrangements in place to make the transit trade attractive,” he promised.
The Niger delegation commended Ghana for its safe corridor.
But raised concerns regarding extortion on Ghana’s corridor and the numerous police and customs barriers which they said impeded free flow of goods on the corridor.
But Seth Dwira, an official of Customs division of GPHA, said all customs barriers have been removed following the directive from the vice president to that effect with the exception of the ECOWAS approved barriers.