Shippers discuss trade barriers

Mr. Mbiah (standing) addressing the participants

Mr. Mbiah (standing) addressing the participants

STAKEHOLDERS in the shipping industry have met at a workshop in Accra to discuss the implementation of an electronic platform (E- platform) to   ensure the reporting of non tariff trade barriers (NTTB) in the transportation of goods and services along the major corridors of Ghana.

NTTBs obstructs the free movement of trade and transportation of goods along borders.

The E-platform is also an advocacy tool, that allows shippers to adopt electronic medium for sending their complaints to a centralised system to help improve, identify and monitor NTTB.  

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Dr. Kofi Mbiah, speaking at the opening of the workshop, said   increased NTTBs on the barriers had impeded the growth of business in West Africa.

“You will agree with me that our major trade corridors are plagued with quite a number of challenges that have negative impacts on the activities of shippers especially on their competitiveness,” he said.

Dr. Mbiah stated that the workshop was an initiative by the Ghana Shippers Authority and the Borderless Alliance, to develop measures to improve the business environment and competitiveness of shippers through the implementation of the E-platform.

The platform he said would help shippers to report any incidence of illegal money extortions and interruptions they were confronted with on the barriers for prompt solutions.

Ziad Hamoui, Executive Director of Tarzan Enterprise Limited, initiators of Borderless Alliance, said the e-platform, if properly implemented would provide an opportunity for traders to   file complaints on a website to highlight difficulties in the transportation of goods across West Africa.

It is a regional platform which is currently being piloted along the Tema – Ouagadougou corridor, it involves authorities and stakeholders in Ghana and Burkina Faso

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey 

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