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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Road Traffic Regulations On Haulage Of Abnormal Cargo

Road Traffic Regulations On Haulage Of Abnormal Cargo

The Ghana Highway Authority wishes to remind all haulage companies in particular and the general public that, Pursuant to Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (L.I. 2180), haulage companies carrying cargo with weight exceeding 120 tons and dimensions exceeding 2.5m wide or 4.5m high are required to obtain a permit issued by the Chief Executive of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA). NB: THE PERMIT DOES NOT EXEMPT HOLDERS FROM CHECKS AT THE AXLE LOAD STATIONS....
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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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Transit Shipper Committee deliberates on Axle Load Limits enforcement

Transit Shipper Committee deliberates on Axle Load Limits enforcement

  The Transit Shipper Committee of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) held a meeting Wednesday March 29, 2018 in Accra to discuss pertinent issues affecting trade facilitation on Ghana’s transit corridor. The committee discussed issues arising out of Ghana’s Trade Mission to Burkina Faso; Ghana-Burkina Faso Railway Interconnectivity Project; performance of an e-platform for reporting non-tariff barriers along the corridor among others Topical among issues discussed was the inconsistencies in axle load readings at the mandatory weighing points dotted along the corridor and the frustrations truck drivers are exposed to in the process. Shippers who load 6-axle trucks above the approved limit of 60 tonnes per truck are penalised to shed off the excess load and also pay stipulated fines. This has led to delays and also damage to cargoes especially perishable goods. As part of measures to address the inconsistencies recorded in the axle load readings, the Committee members called for regular calibration of the weighing bridge machines and also charged the Ghana Highways...
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2017 Import, Export and Transit trade figures released

2017 Import, Export and Transit trade figures released

Figures for Ghana’s maritime trade performance in 2017 in imports, exports and transits have been released by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) as part of its Shipping Quarter and Outlook programme instituted to engage the media and provide timely, authentic and accurate information on the shipping industry to the public. Ghana’s seaborne trade volume increased by 15.9 per cent in 2017 over the year 2016, and the outlook for 2018 is expected to see a growth of about 10 per cent in cargo throughput. While total imports for 2016 registered 12.1 million mt, the figure increased by 17.5 per cent to 14.16 million mt in 2017 comprising 5.7 million mt of Liner cargo, 1.85 million mt of Break bulk, 3.1 million mt of Dry bulk cargo and 3.4 million mt of Liquid bulk imports. Total exports for 2017 also saw a 10.9 per cent increase over 2016   from 5.55 million mt to 6.14 million mt.  The Dry Bulk exports category, which was a...
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Greater Accra Regional Shipper Committee marks 20th anniversary

Greater Accra Regional Shipper Committee marks 20th anniversary

The Greater Accra Regional Shipper Committee has marked its 20 years anniversary with a commitment to deepening its relationship with the various stakeholders in the maritime transport sector to protect the interest of shippers. The commemoration which was observed March 28, 2018 at the Ghana Shippers’ House in Accra also marked the 100th meeting of the association since its inauguration in 1998. The vice president of the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana(SOAAG), Mr Adam Imoro Ayarna, one of the resource persons at the event, advised shippers to dialogue with shipping lines to negotiate on the number of free days given them in order to avoid or minimise demurrage and other expenses incurred in the clearance of cargoes. The General Manager of Port Operations at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr Niikoi Amasa and the Chief Revenue Officer of the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA), Mr Fechin Akoto,   also took their turns to speak to the Committee members on how the two...
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A visit by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport

A visit by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport

Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport Wednesday March 21, 2018 paid a working visit to the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA). The Chairman of the Committee, Samuel Ayeh-Paye (Hon), said the visit was for the Committee to acquaint itself with the programmes and projects of the Authority and the challenges it faces in its operations. He pledged the Committee’s support to the Authority to enable it execute its mandate of protecting and promoting the interest of shippers in Ghana. The Committee’s mandate is to assist the Ministries of Transport, Aviation, Roads and Highways and all agencies and departments working under them to discharge their duties well. The GSA, as a state agency, operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport. The Chief Executive Officer of the GSA, Ms Benonita Bismarck, assured members of the Committee of the Authority’s commitment to protect and promote the interest of shippers in Ghana in relation to port, ship and inland transport problems to ensure...
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Ghana Shippers’ Authority supports GNA Sports at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Ghana Shippers’ Authority supports GNA Sports at 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), has donated $1,500 (GH¢ 6,500), towards the coverage of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, by the sports department of the Ghana News Agency (GNA Sports). The donation, forms part of the Authority’s contribution towards an in-depth coverage by the GNA Sports – the nation’s only wire service. Mr. Kojo Frimpong, Assistant Public Relations Officer of GSA, who presented the cheque to ace photographer of GNA, Mr. William Yesuko Fiabu, said the gesture was their token towards a thorough of the event, by the agency. He said, the GSA would monitor the coverage of the Games keenly by the agency and urged the journalists and photographers who would represent the nation to give off their best. Mr. Fiabu, expressed appreciation to GSA for their support. He said representatives of the agency at the games would provide the nation with detail information and pictures as well as follow keenly the exploits of the Team Ghana. Source:GNA...
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Tamale office of Shippers’ Authority opens for business

Tamale office of Shippers’ Authority opens for business

The Tamale office of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority has been inaugurated Tuesday March 13,2018  to  start the provision of  services to shippers operating in the  Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions and  to also facilitate trade between the northern and southern parts of the country. In a welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), Ms Benonita Bismarck, said the establishment of the office in Tamale is an indication of the Authority’s resolve to execute its mandate of fostering and promoting Ghana’s international trade activities across all entry and exit points of the country “It is for this reason that the Authority established Shipper Committees in all the 10 regions of the country, including the Northern Region, in addition to establishing its presence at the major entry and exit points of Ghana’s international trade – Aflao, Elubo and Paga borders, KIA, and Takoradi port”., she emphasised. Ms Bismarck said the demands of multi-modal and inter-modal transport come with...
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Road Safety Workshop organised for Haulage Truck Drivers

Road Safety Workshop organised for Haulage Truck Drivers

Over 250 haulage truck drivers plying the Ghana-Burkina Faso-Niger-Mali corridor were taken through road safety and security measures at a workshop organised by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority(GSA). The event, organised Thursday February 22, 2018 in Tema, is part a series of stakeholder engagements scheduled for the year by the Authority to address key issues confronting the maritime and transport industry.   Resource persons from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Highways Authority and the National Road Safety Commission sensitised the drivers on road safety and major road traffic regulations; drunk driving and its legal implications and the safety of the roads; and the implementation of the Axle Load Regulations in Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2180). The drivers were also educated on Regulation 14 of the West African Monetary and Economic Union(UEMOA) on Harmonisation of the Control of Dimension, Weight and Axle Load of Heavy Duty Goods Transport Vehicle within UEMOA Member States. Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority...
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