Comply with paperless directive or face sanctions-VEEP   

Agencies that fail to comply with the September 1st deadline for paperless transactions at the ports, will be sanctioned. This is the caution from Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

He argues that the move to reduce the turnaround time for clearing goods at the ports cannot be compromised if Ghana is to be competitive across the sub-region and globally.

Among the new mechanisms to be implemented is the collapsing of the long room activities due to the embedding of the customs compliance and customs technical services bureau.

Addressing a section of port agencies and allied institutions on the progress of work, Dr. Bawumia was hopeful of meeting the 4-hour clearing process by the end of year.

“We are hoping that by September 1st, we will move electronic. We have tried at this stage to integrate the systems. We have to eliminate the duplication that we have so that we make the systems more seamless. This is what we are hoping to achieve and we believe that with your cooperation we will have an efficient system,” he said to stakeholders.

Dr. Bawumia maintained that Ghana can achieve a four hour turnaround time at the ports through an efficient system that removes bottlenecks.

“I Think that our four hour target will be met and I think we all should put our shoulders to the wheel and get this thing working by September 1st , I think it will really help this economy by reducing a lot of hustle for the importers and it will make the Finance Minister very happy,” he stressed.

By: Pius Amihere Eduku/

Published on 3 August 2017 | 9:31 am at Source