The Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has held a day’s sensitization forum on Ghana’s Integrated CustomsManagement System (ICUMS) for over 50 practitioners and other stakeholders in the shipping industry at Aflao in the Ketu South municipality of the Volta region.
The refresher forum, which attracted shippers, freight forwarders, personnel from the GRA customs division etc is to enhance the knowledge base of shippers and their agents with the requisite skills in ICUMS operations in their shipping transitions as well as build their capacity on the procedures on plant quarantine activities at the entry points in their day to day transactions.
In a presentation, a resource person from ICUMS Ghana, Kow Quansah took participants through the latest updates on the ICUMS platform and how to easily access them.
Kow Quansah also used the opportunity to address some challenges faced by shippers in relations to data processing for their clients such as declaration, LOC and what they described as overburden clearance procedures in the system as well us internet connectivity challenge at Akanu boader entry point
Some of the participants who spoke with the thetranspoters.com and TV expressed their satisfaction at the presentations and lessons which they believe will tremendously boost their transaction and also help in generating more revenue for the state.
Tema branch manager of the Shippers Authority, Charles Darling Sey advise the participants to promptly inform the authority about challenges faced for a quick resolution such as forums like these and also plea with the participant to help share the knowledge acquired
The Integrated Customs Management System deployed in March 2020, is a single-window project introduced by the government to facilitate trade activities at the Tema Port.
The project was undertaken to strengthen the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and eventually enhance revenue mobilisation at the ports.