Bawumia says goods clearance will now take just 4 hours

The Vice President Dr Bawumia said he was hopeful that the new development which will start from September 1, 2017 will “reduce the headache for customs officers.”

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This was disclosed by the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday (August 2, 2017).

Dr Bawumia said this is because of a complete automation of the systems at the country’s ports.

“From 1 September, we will integrate the system and eliminate any form of duplication and make the system more seamless,” Dr Bawumia said.

“This is to reduce hassle for importers and make the Finance Minister very happy,” he added.

The Vice President was addressing importers, customs officers and other stakeholders explained that this strategic move is to place Ghana a notch higher.

The country’s ports in previous years have been seen as one of the places where corruption is rife.

Importers have their goods locked up at the port sometimes for months due to the delays by authorities in charge of clearing their products.

To get your items cleared quickly one needs to bribe some officials at the ports.

When the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office as the governing party, they mentioned that they will want to raise more revenue to help develop the country and also support some of their campaign promises which include one district; one factory.

Dr Bawumia said such corrupt and bureaucratic practices will end after the automation processes begin.

He was hopeful that the new development will also “reduce the headache for customs officers.”

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