A Message from Ms Benonita Bismarck

Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Shippers’ Authority

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The activities of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority over the past four decades have been guided by its mission – to effectively and efficiently protect and promote the interests of shippers in Ghana’s commercial shipping sector in relation to international trade and transport logistics.

Buoyed by the rapid technological changes as well as the impact of globalization and liberalization, there has been a compelling need for the Authority to develop new and innovative products which not only focus on the increased competitiveness of shippers to enable them to meet the ever increasing challenges of international trade and transport, but also to strengthen engagement with its ecosystem partners to ensure that a mutually beneficial business environment is created within Ghana’s shipping industry for all stakeholders. The institutionalization of a platform for mutual consultations with stakeholders is ample testimony of the Authority’s dedication in this regard.

The Authority, consistent with its mandate, continues to roll out cutting edge products for importers and exporters. For instance, it makes relevant information available through publications such as the “Shipping Review”, “The Admiral – A Compendium”, “Maritime Trade and Transport Digest” to inform and educate Shippers as well as other operators along the logistics chain thus creating a symbiotic relationship between the Shipper and the Authority.

Significant investments have also been made in maritime infrastructure at strategic locations to facilitate the businesses of shippers and enhance their ability to take advantage of the endless opportunities that the infrastructure present. Some of the infrastructures include the Takoradi Logistics Platform which has been developed to promote businesses within the downstream segment of Ghana’s oil and gas industry; seven large warehouses have also been put up by the Authority near the Tema port and recently a Ghana Shippers’ House has been built and commissioned as a one-stop-shop for shipping and related service providers.

To further give expression to our commitment to our core mandate of promoting and protecting the interests of shippers, engagements with various shipper associations have taken centre stage in the Authority’s activities. It is our resolve that the shipper in Ghana truly becomes the focus of our collective efforts and our innovative service packages.

The target of the value created by the Authority will result in making the business of shippers easy, flexible and responsive to changing needs of the maritime industry.

We look forward to the next big innovation, a repertoire of maritime trade and transport information made available and accessible on the mobile phone. Christened the “ShippersAPP”, this singular product makes available maritime trade statistics, information on vessel movement, port charges, contacts of key stakeholders within the maritime industry, step-by-step cargo clearance process guideline as well as industry news on a mobile phone. There is not an iota of doubt that the ShippersApp will transmogrify Ghana’s trade, transport and logistics industry.

You will find this website a useful resource, providing invaluable information about the Authority, its services, activities and projects as well as a wealth of industry news and links. 

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