Help paperless project to achieve success – Freight forwarders urged


Mr. Yaw Kyei

Mr Yaw Kyei, President of the Association of Customs House Agents Ghana (ACHAG) has called on freight forwarders to join in the paperless port system to enable the system to work efficiently.

He noted that though the system had been in existence for one year, some shipping lines were unwilling to migrate onto it and that was impeding the progress of the project.
Mr Kyei was speaking at a forum held in Accra to mark the one year of the paperless port project organised by the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA).
It was on the theme, “One year of paperless port system: review of achievements, challenges and way forward”.
He said, “Don’t be a great stumbling block to the process,” adding that, minimising the human factor would help the smooth running of the process to achieve its objectives.
The President of ACHAG appealed to Customs officers who took advantage of the paper system to extort money from customers to desist from that practice.
He said “undertake self-examination, make changes and make the system go on very well, our goal is to raise money for the country”.
Mr Kyei asked importers to identify and work with the right agents to avoid being duped.
Security agencies as well as other stakeholders should also assist in flushing out such people, he stated.
He said, “Everyone knows the bad boys are having a field day, so help the system to achieve 100 per cent success”.
He called for punitive measures for defaulters, whilst those who complied with the system are rewarded.
Mr Kyei expressed his contentment that the paperless port system had led to the removal of long rooms, internal barriers, misapplication, under invoicing, data privacy, reduction of paper work, fraud and leakage of revenue.
Some participants also complained that there were still delays at the clearing process.
Mr Adam Imoru Ayarna, Vice President of SOAAG urged importers to pay their bills early to help get containers back in the fold on time to avoid shipping lines occurring demurrages.

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