The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have intensified collaborations to train ground handlers and operators of cold chain facilities to ensure that fruits and vegetable exports are of the highest quality.
This is to prevent a repeat of the sanctions imposed on Ghana by the European Union following the detection of harmful chemicals in some exported consignments.
The country is estimated to have lost $30m in revenue during the period of the ban. For this reason, the two agencies held a meeting on 3rd November 2022 at the Ghana Shippers’ House in Accra to strategize the training of ground handlers as means of addressing some of the challenges faced by stakeholders in the sector.
Addressing the meeting, the Executive Secretary of CILT, Mr. Nlaliban Wujangi mentioned the importance the Skills Development of employees in the air cargo sector which he believes is key to the growth of the shipping and logistics industry.
The Chief Executive Officer of the GSA Ms. Benonita Bismarck assured the delegation of the Authority’s commitment to collaborate with CILT and other stakeholders to improve the sector.
“The Ghana Shippers’ Authority appreciates the work you are doing and we are always ready to partner you and any organization to improve service standards in the sector to protect and promote the interest of shippers in Ghana”, she said.
She further noted that the Authority has held several sensitizations and stakeholder engagements nationwide to ensure Ghana does not face future restrictions in the export of fruits and vegetables.
Also as a member of the National Air Facilitation Committee of the International Air Transport Association (AITA), the GSA has prioritized the improvement of the air cargo through its regular engagements with stakeholders in the industry.
One of such engagements was with the Global Cold Chain Alliance, Temperature Control Cargo Operators and other stakeholders in the sector. Air Cargo availability was a key topic discussed at this year’s Exporters Forum organized by the GSA.