Posted on 2/4/2019 11:22 AM By Support
Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) data show that import revenue increased by 3.9 percent at the end of the 2018 calendar year.
The total import revenue increased from about GH¢12.7billion in 2017 to GH¢13,191.79million as at the end of 2018. The growth in revenue realised from imports over the period can largely be attributed to implementation of the Paperless Port System at the country’s sea ports by government. The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade, GRA-Customs Division, WestBlue Consulting and GCNET, among other stakeholders, have been commended for their various roles played in increasing government’s revenue at the port and blocking revenue leakages.
Posted on 1/2/2019 7:14 PM By Support
The Economic Management Team (EMT) has directed the Ministry of Trade and Industry to immediately suspend the January 1, 2019 single window system takeover by CUPIA of Korea Customs Service and Ghana Link Network Service Limited. The decision, which was taken on December 18, 2018 and communicated to the ministries of Trade and Finance, is to ensure that issues regarding the takeover of operations at the country's ports are addressed.A letter to that effect was signed by the Secretary and member of the EMT at the Vice-President's Secretariat, Professor Joe Amoako-Tuffour, and copied to the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Mr Kofi Nti.
Posted on 10/1/2018 11:14 AM By Support
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has achieved a 99 per cent paperless operational system, one year after its introduction into the country’s ports clearance process.The paperless port system, which was a government policy announced by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in May 2017, took off from September 1, 2017.Mrs Esther Gyebi-Donkor, General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs of GPHA, disclosing this, said the feat included the integration of GPHA’s IT
Posted on 7/19/2018 12:09 PM By Support
The recent review of the paperless port reforms, that has seen the reduction of the number of agencies undertaking joint inspections at the ports from 16 to three (3), is expected to lead to a 30 percent growth in government revenue from the ports by the end of the year.The abolishing of the compliance stage of the clearance process— whose function has been taken over by the Customs Technical Services Bureau (CTSB)–also portends a much more perfected process that is able to rake in more revenue for central government.
Posted on 7/18/2018 10:49 AM By Support
Ghana took a giant leap towards ease of doing business reforms when it introduced the single window platform that provides a comprehensive set of online services to the trading community.With this move, the country became part of the ‘League of Nations’ which had braved the odds to properly automate their customs processes by employing the services of Ghana Community Networks (GCNet) to help establish the new platform.Since its inception in 2002, the platform has yielded positive results, as the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has consistently exceeded its revenue target, following significant improvement in the processes at the ports.
Posted on 5/31/2018 9:33 AM By Support
Implementation of the single window system has increased government’s revenue by 24 percent over the past two years, rising from GH₵744 billion in 2015 to GH₵975 billion in 2017, the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division’s Monthly Import Revenue Performance data for the period has revealed.For the first four months of this year, the total amount of revenue realised from imports stands at GH₵3.59billion, a development that portends an increase in total revenue to be collected by Customs at end of the year.
Posted on 11/8/2017 12:43 PM By Support
Ghana has moved four places down on the Trading Across Borders in the latest World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report, an indication that the country introduced less reforms across its trade borders.The Doing Business 2018 Report, titled “Reforming to Create Jobs”, released last week showed that Ghana placed 120th out of 190 countries surveyed in the overall ranking of Ease of Doing Business, a drop from 108 in the previous report.Also in the sub-Saharan Africa sub-region, Ghana was not part of the top 10, coming 11th out of the 47 countries ranked in the region. This is evidence that the government implemented less reforms in the period under review to ensure the ease of doing business in Ghana.
Posted on 9/6/2017 10:06 AM By Support
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.
Posted on 9/4/2017 2:24 PM By Support
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.
Posted on 8/24/2017 8:48 AM By Support
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.