As part of effort to deal with the challenges that confront cross border traders in the Upper East Region, the Tamale Branch of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) embarked on an outreach to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd March 2023 to engage some the traders.
The trade groups visited are the Cereal Traders Association, the Cattle Dealers Association as well as Electrical, Fabrics and Fashion Trade groups.
The main concern raised by the various trade associations was the continuous harassment and extortion by uniformed personnel stationed at the borders in the Northern part of the country. Others included the high exchange rate as well as the existence of multiple checkpoints along the roads where extortions occur.
It is for this reason that the GSA has intensified its outreach to deal with the challenges at the Namoo and Fufulso borders in the North to ensure the growth of the sector.
An Officer of the Shipper Services and Trade Facilitation Department of the GSA, Maruf Musah advised the traders to report such occurrences to the GSA through its Shipper Complaints and Support Unit at the Paga border to enable investigations and effective resolution.
The traders expressed appreciation to the GSA and encouraged their fellow traders to utilize the GSA’s Shipper Complaints and Support Unit at the Paga border to have their complaints resolved.