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Customs takes delivery of two Mobile Laboratory Vans

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Customs Division has taken delivery of two Mobile Laboratory Vans to combat illicit trade, anti-smuggling operations as well as protect consumers from harmful goods.The Mobile Lab which is expected to be placed at the Ports and boarders daily to facilitate the clearance of goods, would also safe guard the environment, maintain security in the flow of trade as well as combat terrorism.The Mobile Laboratory Vans was procured by the GRA, Customs Division with funding from the Netherlands under the GIZ implemented Good Financial Governance Programme (GFG) in Ghana.

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Paperless clearance will stabilise economy – Kena

The implementation of the Ports’ Paperless Policy is to stabilise the economy to reduce the prices of goods and services in the country, Mr Baffour Ofori-Atta Kena, a Senior Freight and Logistics Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, has said.He said under the Policy, goods would be cleared at the ports within four hours unlike the previous paper process, which took a longer period for goods to be cleared imposing high cost on consumers.

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Port revenue up by 56% after paperless system – Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has claimed that an initial assessment of the implementation of the paperless system at the country’s ports, has shown a revenue collection improvement of 56 percent.According to him, revenue at the ports increased from GHc130 million in the first week of September 2016, to GHc213 million in the same period for 2017.Speaking at the launch of the onboarding programme for National Service Personnel into the National Communications Authority,

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We’ll clear paperless system backlog before Monday – GRA

Following the challenges that struck the paperless clearing system introduced at Ghana’s ports, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has assured importers that it will clear the huge backlog at the weekend.Government began the implementation of the paperless clearing system last week to reduce time spent on clearing goods from two weeks to four hours, and ensure order at the port, whilst blocking loopholes.But the aim to which the system was established experienced some hitches.

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Paperless software system re-programmed; clearing to go on smoothly – Kwaku Kwarteng

Deputy Finance Minister, Kwaku Kwarteng says the web-based platform being used to undertake paperless clearing system has been re-programmed.This was after some freight forwarders stormed the Tema Port on Thursday, to register their discomfort over delays in clearing their consignments.Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Friday, Mr Kwarteng said the situation came about because many of the cases identified were those that had started before September 1, 2017, when the paperless system took off.

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Airports next in paperless transaction

The government’s commitment to replacing paper and human-based transactions and controls at the seaports with paperless processes will be extended to the airports in the coming years.The paperless transaction at the airport, known as the air cargo trade facilitation system, seeks to eliminate human intervention and introduce the electronic-based valuation and documentation processes at the airport.Players contributing to the air cargo trade facilitation system have pledged their support to ensure the government’s paperless

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Ghanaian vegetables and fruits exporters encouraged to export to Dubai

The country office of the Dubai Chamber for Commerce and Industry has held a one-day roundtable workshop for some of Ghana’s exporters of raw vegetable and fruits plus agro-processed materials on the processes and requirements to be met in order to export their produce to Dubai.The Head of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ghana Office Cyril Darkwa speaking during the workshop called on Ghanaian vegetables and Fruits farmers and exporters to look the UAE which has greater growth opportunities as they look to expand their reach.

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The long, winding road to the paperless ports

After a successful pilot of the paperless initiative at the ports, the country has officially begun the full implementation of the initiative, starting with the clearance of imported goods.The process, which commenced yesterday, saw the existing manual processes of clearing cargo being automated as part of an over-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, in May 2017, announced a three-pronged policy of ensuring paperless processes, joint mandatory inspection on containers by all relevant agencies and the removal of customs barriers along transit corridors effective September 1, 2017 as part of reforms aimed to eliminate bureaucratic procedures in the trade supply chain.

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Paperless port transactions take-off successfully

The Paperless Port Transaction system has on Friday September 1, 2017 taken off successfully at the ports.Although the Ports delivery unit which requires clearance transactions did not function because it was a statutory holiday, the ship side of the Port operations was functional.Two people were able to make their online request which the Port Authority’s operational team were able to respond to and served appropriately.

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West Blue, GCNet collaborate for paperless reforms at ports

There have been calls by many players in the industry for the two agencies to endeavour to integrate their systems if the execution of the paperless regime is to be successful; however, the posture of the two had suggested a turf war.The Head of Product Development at GCNet, Mr Carl Sackey, told the Daily Graphic on the sidelines of a meeting with journalists organised by the Office of the Vice-President on the paperless reforms that hitherto, their system had to process the declarations; however, with the new initiative, the submission of the manifest though West Blue would enable that entity to begin the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System (PAARS) early.

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