The deadline given by the government for the commencement of the paperless port system in Ghana has just gone by and from all indications the system kicked in on September 1, 2017.

Indeed, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, had made it clear all service agencies working at the ports must meet the September 1, deadline or be left behind.

Last Friday was the beginning of the paperless regime which is expected to minimise human interface and corruption at the country’s ports.

Although, everyone agree that there is a lot of corruption at the country’s ports and therefore, it is appropriate for some measures to be taken, agencies at the port are kicking against the paperless system for various reasons.

We cannot enumerate all the excuses that various agencies at the port are giving to justify why the new system should be delayed, but it is obvious what the motive would be.

Many of the agencies are not comfortable because the new system is going to affect their businesses,” while some fear they are going to lose their jobs.

But the Acting Commissioner of Customs Division of the Revenue Authority, Isaac Crentsil, allayed the fears of loss of jobs by freight forwarders, following the implementation of the paperless import clearance by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

“No clearing agent will lose his job, rather the system will bring more opportunities,” he emphasised.

Any patriotic citizen, particularly those concerned particularly about corruption at the country’s ports should be supporting the paperless system, which means all the processes involved in the clearance of goods would be done electronically.

What it means also is that Ghana would be joining Togo and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa to implement the paperless system that clearly removes unnecessary complex processes and reduces delays and cost of doing business at the ports.

The new system, no doubt, is expected to make clearance processes move transparent for the maximisation of government revenue and for the ports to meet international standards.

Obviously, the benefits outweigh all other consideration and, therefore, deserve the support of all well meaning Ghanaians.

We must all throw our weight behind the new system to make it successful.

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