Paperless ports: Multiple cargo examination the only challenge, GPHA boss admits

TV3 Presenter, Johnnie Hughes[Left] and Director General of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, Paul Asare Ansah [Right] on TV3’s New Day set
Despite that the implementation of the paperless system has introduced some level of dynamism into the operations of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, there is still a challenge of eliminating multiple examination of cargo.

This remains a large cause of delays in clearance.

This, Director General of GPHA Paul Asare Ansah said, is the inability to implementing the joint examination component of the paperless system.

“The concern now is how to activate one of the pillars of the paperless system which is the joint examination for all the agencies involved in examining cargoes to come together so that they examine the cargo once,” he told Johnnie Hughes Wednesday, May 16.

He explained that the implementation of the joint examination would allow all agencies involved in examining a cargo do so simultaneously.

“So, that you can have National Security, BNI, Customs, if the Narcotics Control Board should be involved, they should be there, FDA should be there at the same time so that after examining the cargo, nobody will go and cross the cargo anywhere or somewhere and say we suspect this we suspect that,” he clarified.

He admitted that the multiple examinations at the port is the major cause of delay in clearing goods, explaining there are times that agencies recall cargoes for examination simply because they were not there at the time the cargo was being examined.  

He, however, said there are ongoing engagements with the various stakeholders to implement that component of the paperless system which will further make operations at the ports and habours more efficient.

Mr. Asare Ansah noted, “The intention of the paperless system was to introduce a new level of efficiency in the cargo clearance system or forwarding system” and that by far, he asserts, has been great.

He mentioned reduction in administrative costs, growing income, improved business processes and a reduction in clearance delays as some of the successes the paperless system has brought to the operations of the ports and harbours.

“So far, all the strategic interventions that we are rolling to make things better are working well,” he noted

By P.D Wedam||Ghana

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