Transit Shipper Committee holds second quarter meeting on trade facilitation

Transit Shipper Committee holds second quarter meeting on trade facilitation

The Transit Shipper Committee of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has held its second quarter meeting for the year to deliberate on trade facilitation drives to promote an efficient transit trade regime between Ghana and its landlocked neighbours. Representatives from the Niger Shippers’ Council, Burkina Shippers’ Council, Mali Shippers’ Council and other members of the Committee at the meeting on Thursday June 14, 2018 discussed concerns of shippers along Ghana’s transit corridor and recommended urgent actions to be taken to address them. The Committee noted the unavailability of the CFA for financial transactions in the payment for goods and services in Ghana, harassment of truck drivers by the police along several checkpoints, disparities on axle load weigh bridge readings among others as some of the concerns that needed immediate attention. The Head of Shipper Services and Trade Facilitation of the GSA, Mrs Naa Densua Aryeetey, assured the Committee members that the Authority will continue to engage the relevant stakeholders to seek redress for...
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GSA interacts with Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana

GSA interacts with Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana

As part of plans to deepen engagements with stakeholders in the maritime and logistics sector, the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA)  has held an informal meeting with the executives of the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG). The meeting which took place in Tema on Wednesday June 13,2018 discussed pertinent issues such as the payment of demurrage affecting Ghana’s shipping industry . There was also the call for collaborative efforts by all players in the industry to help address these challenges. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority Ms Benonita Bismarck said the partnership between the GSA and SOAAG will continue to grow to advance the interests of shippers and the industry as a whole. The SOAAG was ably represented by its Chairman and Managing Director of Pacific International Lines (PIL) ,Bob Oram ; Vice Chairman  and Managing Director of Maersk Line ,Kelvin Taylor; Executive Member and Managing Director of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) ,James Kay ; Honorary Vice Chairman  ,...
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Ghana Export Promotion Authority introduces Market Hub to GSA staff

Ghana Export Promotion Authority introduces Market Hub to GSA staff

Staff and Management of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) at the head office in Accra Friday May 31, 2018 were introduced to Market Hub by some officials from the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA). The Market Hub is a national trade information portal designed to inform, advise and help Exporters with customised information on international trade and insight into trade facilitation issues. The portal among other things connects investors, both local and foreign, to local producers and also serve as a one-stop shop for trading by giving access to importers to engage exporters through an online directory from Ghana. The Market Hub also provides competitor analysis reports and potential markets for goods produced in Ghana. Mrs Agnes Gifty Adjei-Sam, Director for Training at GEPA, recounted activities the two state organisations have collaborated to work on in the past and added that the introduction of the Market Hub is just one of the events lined up for this year as part of plans of deepening...
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Accra Regional Shipper Committee holds breakfast meeting on EasyPASS

Accra Regional Shipper Committee holds breakfast meeting on EasyPASS

The Greater Accra Regional Shipper Committee (GARSC) of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority May 30, 2018 organised a breakfast meeting for its members on the EasyPASS programme at the Ghana Shippers’ House. The EasyPass programme was introduced by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to fast-track the clearance of goods on arrival at the country’s ports, protect the consumer and environment and also prevent the importation of unsafe, sub-standard and counterfeit goods. Bureau Veritas, a global leader in Testing, Inspections and Certification (TIC) has been appointed by the GSA to implement the EasyPASS programme. The Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), Ms Sylvia Asana Dauda-Owu, told the Committee members the Authority remains committed to its objective of sensitising and educating shippers on new developments in the maritime transport sector. This is to ensure shippers remain competitive in the dynamic shipping environment In a presentation, the Country Manager of Bureau Veritas in charge of Government Service and International Trade, Linda Osei-Kyeremateng said...
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GSA fraternises with journalists in Tema

GSA fraternises with journalists in Tema

The Tema Branch of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) Tuesday May 29, 2018 organised a press soiree for some selected journalists in the Tema metropolis. The Tema Branch Manager, Mrs Monica Josiah,said the event was held to create an informal platform for the branch office to fraternize with local journalists andalso show the Authority’s appreciation to journalists for their contribution in covering   activities of the GSA in the media for the benefit of shippers in Ghana. The GSA continues to deepen its relationship with the media for greater cooperation in fulfilment of its mandate of protecting and promoting the interest of shippers in Ghana through timely and adequate information dissemination. Reporters from various media houses including Starr FM, Oman FM, GTV, Radio Gold, TV3 , Metro TV, Daily Graphic , Adom FM, Adom TV and  Onua FM participated in  the press soiree.  ...
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AGI receives education on ‘How to avoid Demurrage’

AGI receives education on ‘How to avoid Demurrage’

Members of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) May 16, 2018 at a seminar in Accra received education on how to avoid demurrage payments at the country’s ports. This is the second in series of a nationwide Demurrage Campaign organised by the Ghana Shipper’s Authority (GSA) in collaboration with stakeholders in the maritime transport sector geared towards reducing the cost of doing business at the ports. The maiden edition of the seminar was organised for members of the Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations (GUTA) some few weeks ago. A cross section of the AGI members at the seminar The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AGI, Mr Seth Twum-Akwaboah, lauded the Authority for its commitment to sensitise importers and the trading public on how to avoid the payment of demurrage.   From right to left: Ms Benonita Bismarck, CEO of GSA; Mr Seth Twum-Akwaboah, CEO of AGI and Mr. Tsornam Akpello, Greater Accra Chairman of AGI. Ms Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, described...
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GSA pays visits to Shippers in Accra

GSA pays visits to Shippers in Accra

As part of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority’s (GSA) mandate of addressing concerns of shippers in Ghana, visitations are regularly organised to the offices and working locations of shippers across the country to deepen its relationship with them. Staff of the Authority from the  head office in Accra Wednesday May 9, 2018 paid visits to some shippers in the Industrial Area of Accra. Shippers visited include Inesfly Africa Limited, SMT (Services Machinery Trucks), Kimo and Mobile Phone Dealers Association of Ghana.  These visits elicit views from shippers on their operational activities particularly challenges they face in accessing services from shipping service providers. The concerns raised by shippers during these visitations are subsequently addressed by the Authority. Mr Mark Temeng, Logistics Manager of SMT Ghana, in a chat with staff of GSA. SMT deals in imports, servicing and repairs of Volvo equipment for the mining and other sectors where heavy equipment are used. Staff of the Authority being taken around the showroom of Inesfly by its...
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Demurrage seminar held for members of GUTA

Demurrage seminar held for members of GUTA

  (From left to right) Deputy CEO, Ghana Shippers' Authority;President of GIFF,Mr Kwabena Ofosu Appiah;Vice President of  SOAAG, Mr Adam Imoro Ayarna; President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng; Head of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at GSA, Mr Emmanuel Arku; and the Executive Assistant to the Director General of GPHA, Mrs. Esi Soderberg   A seminar themed “How to avoid Demurrage” was organised Thursday April 6, 2018 for members of Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations (GUTA) as part of activities by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) to sensitise importers  and the trading public on how to avoid the payment of demurrage at the country’s seaports. Demurrage is the use or holding of containers beyond free time or days given within the port or terminals. Statistics from the GSA indicate shippers paid a demurrage of USD 95 million and USD 76 million to shipping lines in 2016 and 2017 respectively. This represents a 19.56 per cent decrease over the 2016 figure. In a welcome address, the President of...
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GSA and Burkina Shippers’ Council deepen efforts to promote transit trade

GSA and Burkina Shippers’ Council deepen efforts to promote transit trade

  The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has over the years engaged its sister state agency Burkina Shippers’ Council (BSC) in Burkina Faso to address trade challenges such cargo allocation, harassment of truck drivers among others along Ghana’s corridor. In the pursuit of this inter-state agenda, a three-member delegation from the BSC paid a two-day working visit to Ghana from April 17-18,2018 to have discussions on a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them and the GSA for the regulation and management of transit cargoes bound for Burkina Faso through Ghana’s transit corridor. The reviewed MoU which is expected to be signed before the end of 2018 will consolidate on the deepening of transit trade facilitation measures between the two countries led by the two bodies. As part of the visitation, the delegation led by the Director General of BSC, Mr Ervé Sebastien ILBOUDOtogether with the Chief Executive of the GSA, Ms Benonita Bismarck, and some management staff of the Authority paid a courtesy call...
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Ghana deepens transit trade relations with Niger

Ghana deepens transit trade relations with Niger

Ghana is positioning itself through its state agencies and other stakeholders in the maritime and transport sector to deepen its transit trade relationship with the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In furtherance of this, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) organised a Trade Mission to Niger from March 25-29, 2018 to hold discussions with Nigerien government officials and heads of state agencies, private companies and trade associations involved in the promotion of trade between the two countries. The Ghanaian delegation comprised officials from GPHA, Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Ghana Police, Safebond, Ocean Nile Limited, Joint Association of Port Transport Union (JAPTU), Tacotel and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce. The leader of the delegation and Board Chair of GPHA, Mr Peter Mac Manu, appealed to the government and economic operators of Niger to use the ports of Tema and Takoradi as their preferred ports to enjoy competitive tariffs, facilities and excellent service...
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