Ghana abolishes Terminal Handling Charges

Accra, Sept 11, GNA
– Shippers, both importers and exporters, have hailed the abolishment of the
Terminal Handling Charge (THC), which some shipping lines operating to and from
the seaports of Ghana sought to introduce locally.

A statement signed
by Mr Seth Twum-Akwaboah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of
Ghana Industries, (AGI) on behalf of nine bodies, and copied to the Ghana News
Agency, informed the business community that the THC as proposed by the
Shipping Lines had been totally abolished in Ghana with immediate effect.

“We highly commend
the Minister for Transport and his team for the urgency and commitment to
ensuring sanity in the Maritime Industry,” the statement said.     “Members are to note that the Minister for
Transport has issued a clear directive to that effect.”

The statement urged
the shipping community to consider the directive by the Minister of Transport,
forbidding the introduction of the THC, as the final decision on the matter and
comply with it.

“The THC is totally
illegitimate and must not be accepted by shippers,” the statement said.

“Whatsoever, any
attempt by any Shipping Line to impose the THC on Shippers constitutes a
serious indictment of the Minister’s authority and sovereign right of the
business community in Ghana.

“Therefore, any
attempt by any Shipping Line to impose the THC or hold Shippers’ cargo unduly
must-quickly be brought to the notice of the respective Association with some

The Shippers,
therefore, urged the Government to apply heavy sanctions against any Shipping
Line, which would act contrarily or attempt to impose such arbitrary charges on

The statement was
endorsed by leadership the AGI, Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Ghana
Chamber of Mines, Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters, Ghana Union
of Traders Associations and Private Enterprise Federation.

The rest are Ghana
Root Crops and Tubers Exporters Union, Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders,
and the Greater Accra Regional Shippers Committee.


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