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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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Ghana Post, Westblue launch Valuation Center and E-Commerce Platform

AS part of the annual world post day anniversary of the universal postal union which happens every October 9, Ghana Post in collaboration with ministry of communication have this year introduced new and high-level initiatives to improve postal services to customers at easy and affordable rates.This is to revive Ghana Post, especially in this era of technology and innovation, according to the managing director of Ghana Post. Mr. James Kwofie.“Ghana post is revamping its services with heavy technology in networking of all major post offices for effective counter services,” he said, adding that “these new systems and services will make parcel services convenient and easy to access”.
The Valuation center
This system service, which is powered by Westblue Consult with the Ghana Revenue Authority (customs division) has come to replace the manual process where items and parcels that are sent from abroad are required to go through customs assessment and then sent to post office counters for customers to pay and receive them.

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GPHA says it’s achieved 99% paperless system

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

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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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GRA Holds Seminar For Custom Officers And Stakeholders

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has organized a two-day seminar for Customs officials and stakeholders in Tema on the Custom Act 2015 (ACT 891) and related issues.The seminar is to sensitize participants on the provisions of the Act, Legislative Instruments (LI) and other amendments governing the operations of Custom.

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Cargo Tracking Note system effective in Ghana

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) informs importers that the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) System takes effect from July 1st, 2018 (B/L date):

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