Ghana’s Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Ntim, has indicated strongly that the much anticipated paperless clearance at the country’s ports will meet the September 1 deadline.
According to the GRA boss, the decision to go paperless at the seaports indicates government’s commitment to “sanitise” the import and export processes at all designated ports of entry to enhance its competitiveness within the global trading space.
He told a gathering of maritime industry actors and senior journalists in Accra that: “We have maximized all opportunities for collaboration among the various stakeholders to ensure that the paperless clearance runs efficiently at the ports. The paperless is no longer an idea but an actual system that will meet the planned September 1 deadline. The airports will follow in due course.”
The paperless clearance regime mandates the joint inspection of consignments by related government agencies operating within the port community, electronic-based valuation and documentation processes as well as the elimination of the long queues at the ports.
The directive to shift business transactions at the country’s two seaports from manual to electronic-based clearance, as being championed by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, is tipped to address the concerns of revenue leakages, delays in goods clearance and the high cost of doing business within the port community.