The SPINnet Textiles & Garment Cluster, an association of textiles and garment manufacturers, have appealed for the intervention of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) to lessen the high rate of airfreight levied on their exports.
The association led by its president, Mr Samuel Duodo, made the appeal on Tuesday 9thJuly, 2019 when he led a team of executives to the Ghana Shippers’ House in Accra to pay a courtesy call on the GSA.
The visit followed a request by the GSA for the two parties to deliberate on issues of interest and also provide a platform for the association to present export-related concerns in the garment sector for support.
The association was established in 1997 with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Government of Ghana to assist small and medium enterprises in the garment industry. It has a laboratory in Accra which provides training and support to garment manufacturers to upgrade their skills to meet international standards of quality production and export.
The Head of Shipper Services and Trade Facilitation of the GSA, Mrs Naa Densua Aryeetey, assured the association of her outfit’s readiness to look into their concerns for redress.
She said it was crucial that bottlenecks in the transport chain of goods and capacity building of exporters were removed to align with government’s commitment to increasing Ghana’s exports.
Mrs Aryeetey also informed the association about the services the GSA provides to shippers and expressed the organisation’s readiness to assist them to become business competitive.