The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the U.S Customs and Border Protection have entered into a partnership agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the exchange of customs intelligence.
The agreement seeks to enhance trade and fight the transportation of narcotics and hazardous substances and materials across borders and human trafficking.
The United States commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Mr. Gil Kerlikowske said his country’s interest in the agreement is to ensure the ills of trade are irradiated.
According to him, the partnership will boost investor confidence and assure multinational companies of good conditions of trade
“All of the companies and organizations and manufacturing companies and freight forwarders and brokers, they all want the same thing, is business, they want consistency so that they are not given different answers at different ports of entry. They want customs regulations to be as close as possible in the country as they are in another because these are Multinational Corporation that are here and many more are yet to come,” he said.
Ghana’s Commissioner of Customs Division of the GRA, John Vianney Kuudamnuru disclosed that the MOU created an opportunity for Ghana to receive logistical and training support from U.S customs officials.
“Currently on-going is a training and logistical support programme that the U.S Customs is extending to the GRA to set up a Canine Unit that will augment our security system at the ports and harbor,” he said at the signing event.