Ghana Shippers’ Authority urged to delay ASHI implementation

Port PixThe Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana said the March 1 date for the implementation of the Advance Shipment Information System (ASHI) was not convenient for importers.

The association has therefore, appealed to the Ghana Shippers’ Authority to delay its implementation.

Mr. Samson Awingobit Asaki, the Executive Secretary of the Association, told the Ghana News Agency that implementing the ASHI on March 1 meant the implementation of two major import policies within the same period as the Ghana Standard Authority’s Certificate of Conformity (CoC) would also take off on March 2.

Mr. Asaki said his outfit was surprised that the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, which graciously joined in the fight for the Ghana Standard Authority to postpone the implementation of the CoC, had decided to implement a similar policy a day before the CoC commencement.

He questioned “are they serious to bring such major policies in, at the same time?”.

He said they could not have two major policies implemented at the same time.

The Executive Secretary called on the government to take a critical look at the implementation date and advice the Ghana Shippers’ Authority to postpone it to avoid creating bureaucracy and chaos.

A post on the official web page of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority states that from March 1, 2015, the ASHI would be mandatory for all shipment for the seaports of Ghana including transit cargo.

It said “each bill of laden for maritime shipments to Ghanaian seaports will need to be covered by a validated ASHI document”.

Ghana Shippers’ Authority, the post noted, has assigned Antaser Afrique and its international agency network as sole representative in charge of the issuance and validation of the ASHI.

The ASHI is to assist in minimising the cost of clearing cargo at the ports by way of reducing the incidence of payments of high rent and demurrage charges.

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