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Import revenue up by 3.9% as paperless port boosts corruption ranking score

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.

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GRA interdicts officers over $3.5 financial loss

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has interdicted some of its officers for conspiring with three companies to deprive the country of revenue amounting to $3.5 million.According to a statement released by the Authority and signed by the Commissioner General, Kofi Nti, the three companies, Hendrick Shipping, Springfield Shipping, and Christerl Shipping were caught in acts of diversion of re-exportation of goods at the Akanu Border Post.
The matter has been referred to the Economic and Organised Crimes Office for further investigation.

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Paperless system to be extended to other areas – Minister

Mr Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, Deputy Minister for Transport has hinted that the Paperless Port System will be extended to other areas within the customs division to ensure its holistic implementation.This, he said, would also promote integrity and transparency in the Country, thereby, helping to reduce corruption as well as promote Ghana’s growth.The Deputy Minister said this at a forum on the Paperless Port Project held in Accra on Wednesday to mark its one year anniversary.The programme was under the auspices of Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) dubbed: “One Year of Paperless Port System: Review of Achievements, Challenges and Way Forward”.

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ACHAG trains members on trade facilitation and revenue generation interventions

The Association of Custom House Agents of Ghana (ACHAG) has organized a training seminar for its members to educate them on standard practices in freight forwarding and new policies introduced by government.ACHAG, with the help of research experts from Customs and West Blue, trained members in new government programs rolled out for trade facilitation and revenue generation interventions such as the CTN, the ECOWAS tariffs, and the use of HS Code.The President of ACHAG, Yaw Kyei, said some members are not up to speed with technicalities of new conventions, therefore it was important to organize such a seminar so as to aid the performance of their duties.

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GRA warns importers against smuggling

Mr Paul Kwesi Ahiakpor, Assistant Commissioner, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the Northern Region, has warned importers to desist from smuggling goods because they will be arrested and made to face the necessary sanctions.He said the GRA had put in place systems help arrest anybody engaging in the smuggling of goods to ensure that the state did not lose revenue.Mr Ahiakpor gave the warning at a stakeholders’ sensitization forum in Tamale organized by the GRA to educate taxable entities and persons on changes to the tax laws, processes and procedures.

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As part of his familiarization tour, the acting Director-General of GPHA, Michael Luguje paid a courtesy call on the management and workers of Westblue consulting, who are the technical support providers for Customs division of GRA.
The C.E.O of Westblue consulting, Mark Addo congratulated the Acting D.G. and assured him that West Blue will continue to partner the Port to offer the best of services to Port users.

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Single Window saves Ghana $500m in two years - UGBS Report

The introduction of the national Single Window system has saved Ghana $500 million since its implementation in 2016, a University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) report has stated.The Minister of Business Development, Mohammed Awal, launched the report at a ceremony held in Accra last Friday.
Dubbed the “Ghana Business Development Review” (GBDR), the 20-page report discusses developments, performance, managerial and governance issues and major constraints on businesses covering the period 2015-2017.
The GBDR is a research-based report that provides regular reviews of development and performances of businesses across various sectors of the economy.

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Customs engages stakeholders on redesigning paperless export process

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and its partner agencies including the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority have met with stakeholders in the export sector to discuss measures that would produce a flawless flow in the paperless design for export.This follows the initiative of the Director General of GPHA, Paul Ansah, of augmenting the potential of the export trade in Ghana.

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Government to review paperless port system – Bawumia

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced government’s decision to review operations of the paperless port system to bring about more efficiency, improve revenue collection and rein-in corruption.He said from July 01, the number of agencies undertaking joint inspections at the ports will be reduced from 16 to three – Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

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Customs destroys over 1000 illegally imported mattresses

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has set ablaze over 1,000 seized mattresses.The exercise was carried out under strict supervision of the National Security and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) at the Kpone landfill site.

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