West Blue partners GTBank to collect IDF fees

Accra, Sept. 6, GNA
– West Blue Consulting has adopted Guaranty Trust Bank’s robust payment and
collection channels to provide payments for Import Declaration Forms (IDF) from
clearing agents and importers.

The channels are
GTPay, GTCollect and GTBank’s USSD mobile banking service short code *737#.

The partnership
with Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited is aimed at offering clearing agents
and importers additional convenient channels for the payment of fees for IDFs.

WestBlue Consulting
is an IT consulting and technology firm contracted by the Government to
implement the National Single Window Platform.

For online
payments, clearing agents and importers have the convenient option of paying
for their IDFs by visiting Ghana’s Trading Hub Portal
www.ghanastradinghub.gov.gh and identify the payment icon.

They can,
thereafter, use their MasterCard or Visa debit card issued by any bank to make
the payment.

Alternatively,
those opting to pay offline can visit any GTBank branch nationwide and request
to make an IDF payment at the teller point via the bank’s reliable GTCollect
platform.

More conveniently,
IDF payments could also be made via GTBank’s USSD mobile banking service by
dialing the short code *737#, selecting the Pay IDF option and following the
simple payment steps thereafter. 

In all the
instances, the customer would be required to provide depositor’s name, contact
number, National Single Window account/wallet to which payment should be made
and the amount to be deposited.

After payment has
been processed, the customer would receive a transaction receipt with a unique
reference number which they can use to confirm payment and complete transaction
on Ghana’s Trading Hub Portal

The Government, in
2011, introduced an electronic Import Declaration Form to streamline import
management processes and facilitate the speedy clearance of goods through
customs while improving record keeping.

The National Single
Window concept is designed as a single entry point that allows traders, trade
and regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to lodge standardised
information and documents to fulfill all import, export and transit-related
regulatory requirements.

The Chief Executive
Officer of WestBlue Consulting, Ms Valentina Mintah, said the decision to adopt
GTBank’s multiple channels was borne out of a desire to provide the most
convenient and reliable payments and collections platform to enable importers
to pay for their IDFs.

“GTBank, like
WestBlue, is a force to reckon with when it comes to technology and
innovations. The bank has carved a niche for itself as having the most trusted
and convenient channels when it comes to electronic banking, thereby, making it
an easy choice for us since their channels are exactly what we need to make
collections for IDFs.”

The GTPay channel
offered by GTBank is a secure, efficient and cost-effective means of making
payments to and collecting payments by all service providers or online shops.

Mr Lekan Sanusi,
the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited, said: “It is a
pleasure to have WestBlue Consulting aboard our platforms.”

“GTBank believes in
the application of technology to create convenience for our customers and
non-customers, hence our relentless work in birthing channels that offer ease
and convenience to partners and customers,” he said.

Mr Sanusi said: “We
know WestBlue is a strong institution when it comes to IT and delivering
innovative solutions. And so for them to adopt our platforms is a further
endorsement of GTBank’s superiority in ebanking.”

GTBank has also
partnered several other institutions in the country to offer alternative
convenient payments and collections for their customers.

These institutions
include Databank, Wakanow.Com, Med-View Airlines, British Airways/Iberia, Hull
Blyth, American Airlines and Dana Air.

GNA

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