President John Dramani Mahama has charged the Ministry of Transport, Customs, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), and all stakeholders in the Port business to consolidate some charges at the Port.
He said “the Port Authorities, Customs, Ministry of Transport and all stakeholders in the Port business should take a look at the multiple charges that they continue to charge. There are some of the services that can be consolidated to enable a single charge.”
The President gave the directive when he paid a working visit to the Tema Port as part of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority’s 30th anniversary.
He noted that there are lot of complaints by importers and exporters about some charges at the Port which needs to be addressed.
“There are lots of complaints about some charges at the Port that add up to make a very big fee. So I would ask that the Ministry of Transport should sit will all the stakeholders to see how those issues can be rationalised.”
The President was however quick to add that, the single window is factoring into its system the rationalization of the fees charged at the Port, adding that once the single window is implemented, it will rationalize all the fees being charged at the Port to bring relief to clearing agents and all who do business at the Port.