Paperless Ports GRA to tackle paperless system challenges today

The Communications Chief for the Customs Excise and Preventive Service of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Paa Kow Kumah said that they did not anticipate such challenges but they have resolved to tackle the situation today.

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The Ghana Revenue Authority will address the challenges of clearing agents who thronged the Longroom of the Tema Port on Thursday (September 7, 2017) over delays in clearing their goods today.

Communications Chief for the Customs Excise and Preventive Service of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Paa Kow Kumah told Accra-based Citi FM that they did not anticipate such challenges but they have resolved to tackle the situation today.

“Until now we haven’t had such hassle. The concerns that you have heard are truly the case and are legitimate. We admit it. At the moment we are all in the engine room with our IT providers and we are working on resolving it.”

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He added that they have engaged the appropriate agencies to ensure that the challenges are urgently addressed.

“The challenges are real but it isn’t something we can’t overcome so by tomorrow, we will overcome that…We have put in place all that we need to put in place to make sure that everything will work. Throughout the night we are working on it and by tomorrow [Friday] we will get to know the reason why this happened.”

Clearing agents at the Tema Port on Thursday (September 7, 2017) thronged the Longroom of the port over what they say are delays in the clearance of their consignments.

This has given Customs Officers a hard time in controlling the freight forwarders at the Tema Port.

According to the clearing agents, they have been at the port for 4 days but they seem to be no headway for them to clear their goods.

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All agencies at Ghana’s ports from Monday (September 4, 2017) started the paperless clearing process after a month of piloting.

This initiative follows a directive from the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in May 2017.

He argued that this will prevent the corruption and long hours of clearing goods at the ports.

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