GSA boss bemoans high cost of service at ports & borders



Tema Port
Tema Port


Takoradi Branch Manager of Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), Mr. Robin Huws Barnes, has bemoaned the high cost of doing business at the country’s ports and borders.

That situation, he lamented, continued to be a source of worry to his outfit, stressing that it makes the country and shippers uncompetitive.

He mentioned some of the factors contributing to the high cost of doing business at the ports and borders as “illegitimate and indiscriminate charges by some service providers, cumbersome clearance procedure and delays in the processing of cargo documents” among others.

Unfortunately, Mr. Barnes said efforts made by stakeholders to streamline clearance procedures had not attained the efficiency level anticipated by the shippers.

It was against this backdrop that the Ghana National Single Window project was launched in December 2015, and welcomed by the Authority.

He explained that the Ghana National Single Window project provides another opportunity to improve the clearance process at the ports, and entreated all stakeholders to support in its successful implementation in Ghana.

He expressed concern at a recent workshop organised for shippers in the Western Region.

For his part, Western Regional Chairman of Shippers Committee, Justice Kwamena Addison, noted that local companies have poor documentation compared to multi-national companies and advised participants to do well to apply proper documentation in running their businesses.

He further urged them to abreast themselves of current trends in global business, improve on their learning abilities and seek further information regarding global trade in order not to be left behind.


Source: Ghana/ Seth Ameyaw Danquah

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