Importers who shipped
containerised cargo into the country for the first half of this year paid US$28.5 million as demurrage to shipping lines for undue grounding and detention of containers after the mandatory free period .
The figure represents a decline of about 25.93
Despite the drop in demurrage, the payment in rent by shippers to the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) increased by 11.86
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Shippers' Authority (GSA), Ms Benonita Bismarck, who disclosed this at the Shipping Quarter and Outlook last Friday, August 24, in Accra, underscored the need for increased shipper education and sensitisation in the area of non-containerised cargo such as unpacked vehicles and other general cargo to reduce the rent figures.
“We have indicated time without number that demurrage and rent are avoidable payments at the ports. In other words, if
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According to her, it had been a priority of the authority to reduce the total amount of demurrage and rent payments through education and
“This has been aggressively pursued through the engagement of trade associations such as the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and other shippers across the country. It is gratifying to note that demurrage payments by shippers at the Tema and Takoradi ports recorded a decline in the first quarter of this year,” she said.
As a result, he said seminars were held for the AGI, GUTA, the regional
The seminars were
The CEO said the paperless system had brought some relief to shippers and the authority would continue to educate them on the need to operate within the framework of the system.
She urged shippers to report any challenges they encountered with the system to ensure they were addressed expeditiously.