The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), in collaboration with the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), has begun a
sensitisation programme for all freight forwarders across the country .
According to the GEPA, the intervention had been necessitated by observations of inaccurate data entry into online export declaration forms, as well as the loss of data due to non-presentation on some manually completed export forms.
The GEPA has since taken the series of
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Addressing participants at Elubo, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GEPA, Ms Afua Asabea Asare, in a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy CEO, Mr Albert Kassim Diwura, said some inaccurate data received through the Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet) platform and those presented manually resulted in the capture of wrong data, particularly regarding inaccuracies in values declared.
She also noted that a recent visit to customs exit point revealed that some freight forwarders still had in their possession export forms dating as far back as 2013, which, she said, had been phased out.
She called for advanced notices of revisions in HS Codes to allow stakeholders to update their systems for smooth implementation.
There were presentations and discussions by the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, the Bank of Ghana, the Ghana Statistical Service, Customs
Participants were encouraged to ensure eligibility when completing export forms, return completed export forms to Customs, identify products with correct HS Codes, description, values and weight, as well as discouraged from using their companies as the exporting company.
The Customs Division also pledged to be meticulous in storing the right information submitted by freight forwarders.
According to the GEPA, the
“Through these interactions and awareness programme the GEPA is optimistic that non-traditional exports will give a better indication of Ghana’s export trade as no data will be lost,” the GEPA said in a statement.