The introduction of the paperless initiative in September 2017 at the country’s seaports has brought about a high level of efficiency in port operations which used to be fraught with paperwork and bureaucratic processes
Importers in the country have acknowledged that the initiative has helped them to receive customs classification valuation reports (CCVR) within 24 hours compared to previously when the same process took three days.
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), for instance, has scored the initiative 65
In relation to revenue
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Analysis of the Monthly Import Performance of the Customs Division of the GRA between 2015 and mid-year 2018, showed that the amount of revenue
The growth in revenue
Total import revenue
The figure further increased from GHȼ 4.3 billion in June 2016 to GHȼ 5.3 billion in June 2017. For the first half of this year, about GHȼ5.8 billion was collected for the state from importers.
Aside from the gains in imports, the
The figure collected showed a negative deviation of GH¢ 1.7 billion representing an 18.4
But a year into the paperless initiative, the GRAPHIC BUSINESS believes that undertaking impact assessment of the system at this time is apt for it to be scaled up to include goods meant for export.
Again, scaling up the paperless initiative to include other points of entry and exit is crucial to reverse the negative picture in the months ahead as far as the country’s revenue
To sustain the policy and further enhance trade facilitation, the GRAPHIC BUSINESS calls on all the implementing agencies to deepen stakeholder consultations on the future of the initiative.
There is also the need to augment the numerical strength of other agencies at the ports to complement that of Customs.
At a time when the country is in dire need of funds to implement very crucial projects and initiatives, we believe that there should be no stone unturned in trying to rake in more revenue from the ports and, therefore, the challenges associated with the paperless clearance process should receive serious and immediate attention from the government. We also hope for more reforms at the ports to rake in more revenue.