Some Freight forwarders have hailed the Single Window Scheme as an initiative that has significantly improved port activities but still believe more can be done to maximize the benefits. It is exactly one month since the scheme was implemented by the Customs Excise and Preventive Service with support from IT firm, West Blue. The Single Window Scheme enables all players in the export and import business to lodge their documentation and access other relevant data on a common platform. Joy Business Editor, Emmanuel Agyei has been engaging managers of some of the major freight forwarding companies to seek their views on the implementation of the scheme which started on September 01, 2015.
According to Adolph Adjei Tetteh, Managing Director of Sapholda Ventures, the scheme has reduced turn-around time and their cost of doing business at the ports. “I used three days to clearing my goods. This is a significant difference because in the past it took about a week or a minimum of four working days to get your documents from the inspection companies. “But this took me just three days –meaning two more days off which is a lot of money saved because if you keep your container after seven working days you start paying demurrages and rent. That is to say, I was able to work within time not to attract these costs,” he emphasized.
The Executive Chairman of MacDan Shipping, Daniel McKorley agreed but added Customs may need to bridge some gaps. “Where there are classification problems and the entry is queried, it takes them a long time to work on them. But if there are no such problems I can tell you I’m receiving my documents within 24 hours - which is quiet impressive. I can tell you if these reports can come out on time, we’re looking at cutting down some 20 to 30 percent of clearing cost in terms of demurrage which the government has failed to control the shipping lines in that respect” he concluded.