Forwarders take legal action over new customs policy in Ghana

Giff president, Kwabena Ofosu Appiah. Source: GPHA

The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (Giff) this week announced that it would pursue legal action against the Ghana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) over its implementation of the new Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) policy.

The CTN is a platform for the collection and management of commercial and logistical information relating to cargo and ship from the port of loading, but Giff has argued that the policy is a duplication of an already existing platform and will increase the cost of doing business at the country’s ports.

“With all this confusion that has been thrown into the shipping sub-sector, we are losing out,” said Giff president Kwabena Ofosu Appiah. “And once these traders get comfortable with another route, we are finished.”

The CTN was put into service by the GRA on July 1 this year, in spite of a call by the vice president of Ghana for suspension of the policy. It is the authority’s third attempt at implementation.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries, Carlos Ahenkorah, has insisted that the CTN will have no cost to business while the GRA has warned that shipments not covered by a valid CTN number will not be cleared through customs and fines may apply.

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