The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has been at the frontline of Ghana’s maritime industry since its establishment in 1974 by NRCD 254. It has over the years collaborated with private and public organizations in the maritime industry to pursue its primary objective of protecting and promoting the interests of shippers in Ghana, in relation to port, ship and inland transport problems in order to ensure safe, reliable and cost effective cargo handling.
For about four decades, the GSA operated under the corporate name – Ghana Shippers’ Council. In harmony with the Laws of Ghana (Revised Edition), 1998 (Act 562) the name was changed to Ghana Shippers’ Authority. The change in name portends the transformation the Council has gone through over the years and brings it in tune not only with the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana but also in accord with the dynamics of modern shipping practice as far as the demand side of shipping is concerned.
The GSA operates under the ministerial responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and has a three-tier organizational structure, namely the Governing Board, the Import/Export Shipper Committees and the Secretariat.