Importers and clearing agents in the country have lauded the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System (PAARS) implemented by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
The system has made clearing of goods at the various ports in the country very easy and quick, according to them.
The importers and clearing agents disclosed this to the media at a stakeholders’ workshop on the PAARS organized by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at the Conference Room of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders in Tema.
PAARS is a modernized system that has been developed by the Customs Division of GRA as part of the implementation of the National Single Window system to enhance revenue mobilization, improve border security and customs clearance, overcome duplication across regulatory agencies and promote trade facilitation.
Daniel Nana Yaw Appiah, Managing Director (MD) Golden Sale Logistics, told the media in an interview that the implementation of the National Single Window has made the clearing on goods at the ports simpler.
He said clearing agents are able to receive their Customs Clearance and Verification Reports (CCVRs) to clear their goods within 24 hours instead of the 48 hours.
Nana Yaw Appiah said, “Currently we are able to receive CCVRs within 24 hours when we put in our application.
“This was not so when the Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) were in charge. When the DICs were in charge it could take as long as two weeks before your CCVRs would be issued,” he said.
Delays only arise when there are errors in the application document the agents put in, when there are errors we are required to write a petition which delays the process, Nana Yaw Appiah indicated.
He said bad internet network also hinders the application and issuance of the CCVRs to clearing agents, calling on government to put measures in place to improve the internet network in the country.
Selicitar Maalekuu, Administrator of Rolander Company limited, also commended Customs Division of GRA for the implementation of the PAARS which has accelerated the process at the various ports in the country.
“We should avoid mistakes so that the job will go on well for us,” Maalekuu said.
The Single Window
Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 began the implementation of the National Single Window system.
The system serves as a common platform for stakeholders to process their documents to facilitate trade and reduce the cost and time in import, export and transit trade.