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From the monthly archives: August 2016

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Workshop Held for GRA Change Champions

A four day training workshop has been organized for Change Champions, who comprise of various departmental and unit heads of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), to equip them on the processes and tools for managing new reforms of the GRA.The change champions team are also to ensure effective and continues communication of new reforms at the Ghana Revenue Authority to staff and clients who do business with the GRA.

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Transport ministry meets shippers over THC again

The Transport Ministry is set to meet with shipping companies over the charging of Terminal handling fees at the ports on goods imported into the country.The meeting which will be at the behest of the Transport Minister Fiifi Kwetey, follows the submission of a report on the THC by the Ghana Maritime Authority.“I have received a report from the Ghana Maritime Authority on the THC and it is being studied. I’ll soon reconvene a meeting with the stakeholders in order to bring a final resolution to the impasse in

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GRA officials undergo 4-week training

The customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has just ended a four week robust customs proficiency training programme for custom agents who engage in imports and exports on behalf of declarants.The aim of the programme was to get these agents abreast with ongoing customs programs and innovative trade facilitation initiative to enhance and speed up processes within the port communities.

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GRA introduces E-Zone facility at ports

Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), as part of the Ghana National Single Window Project, has established electronic payment zones at some major ports in the country. This is expected to facilitate payment of port charges and other services by exporters to the Authority. Exporters in the past have had to endure several bottlenecks in transacting business with the GRA and the proposed arrangement will make it more flexible for shippers and other stakeholder

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EPA roll out: Ghana trains GRA staff on ‘Rules of Origin’

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has commenced a nationwide training of staff of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to enable them undertake their mandate in ensuring compliance with Rules of Origin under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).This follows the ratification of the interim EPA between Ghana and the European Union (EU).

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Ghana and Nigeria to strengthen trade ties

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) are to explore ways to deepen their relationship to enhance trade between the two countries. At a meeting between officials of the two institutions in Accra, they agreed to seek ways to combine their strengths to promote exports of goods and services between the two countries and within the West African sub-region.

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Two ministers promise to solve tracking device problem at Tema Port

The Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Trade have assured transit truck drivers stuck at the Tema Port of an urgent solution to the unavailability of tracking device.Dr Spio Gabrah and Mr Fiifi Kwetey, Ministers of Trade and Transport respectively, gave the assurance on Thursday when they visited the truck transit terminal at the Tema Port to get first hand information on the matter.

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Gov’t suspends terminal handling charges

The transport ministry has suspended the implementation of the Terminal Handling Charges (THC) being proposed by the various shipping lines in Ghana.The decision to suspend the charges was arrived at on Wednesday after hours of meeting between stakeholders in the shipping industry and the ministry. The ministry referred the matter to the Ghana Maritime Authority which is expected to present a report on it within two months.

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Single Window gets high UN ratings

The report commended the project consulting company, West Blue Consulting, for taking the project much further by extending the National Single Window automation and integration approach to all government agencies and private sector operators involved in international trade, utilizing existing systems and infrastructure.

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Large quantity of seized goods destroyed

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has destroyed large quantity of seized unwholesome and smuggled goods. These included 13,776 cans of soft drinks and 5,038 packets of assorted cigarettes.They were disposed of at the Kaase dumping site and present were officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Trade and Industry Ministry and the security agencies.

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