About seven associations in the shipping business will from Monday, August 27, 2018 shut down their operations at the country’s ports in protest against the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) system.
The associations are the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Association of Custom House Agents of Ghana (ACHAG), Freight Forwarders Association of Ghana, and the Custom Brokers Association of Ghana (CUBAG).
The rest are the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana (IEAG) and the Food and Beverages Association of Ghana.
The three-day protest is to force the government to suspend the new system before its policy of Complete Compliance takes off on September 1, 2018.
Per the policy of Complete Compliance, vessels will not load containers without CTN numbers at the port of loading.
The CTN, which took effect July 1, 2018, was introduced by the government to track all imports to Ghana to reduce revenue losses associated with under declaration of goods at the ports but the associations maintained that the system, which was implemented with minimal stakeholder consultation, will defeat the government’s purpose for implementation and rather lead to a duplication of systems already in place at the ports.
Meanwhile a letter sighted by Spicefmonline from the Joint Committee Of Freight Forwarder Association to the presidents of Ghana seeks to communicate their initial position by withdrawing all freight forwarding services in the country for 3 days starting today Monday 27th of August, 2018 as they await intervention of the Ministry of Finance.