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The Greater Accra Regional Shipper Committee has kicked against proposed Terminal Handling Charges by Shipping Lines for imported and exported goods at the country’s ports.
The group say the cost of doing business is already high, and so adding more charges will further worsen the plight of the business community.
In a joint Press Release, the group said ‘’the payment of the handling charges as an isolated local charge to the shipping lines is completely alien to the practice of shipping in Ghana since terminal operators already charge shippers the THC for cargo handling services provided’’. The Shippers argued that the proposed charges will be detrimental as shippers are already grappling with multiplicity of taxes.
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Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has take a number of initiatives to address the additional charges being levied for imports and exports.
1. GSA has held a number of meetings with stakeholders, AGI,GNCC, GPHA, FAGE, GIFF, FFAG,GUTA.
2. GSA has also discussed the matter with Shipowners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG).
3. On 26th July 2016 there was a stakeholder consultation at the Trade Fair center, and a communique was agreed to reject the THC being impose by shipping lines.
4. The communique was copied to the Ministry of Transport, Flagstaff House.
5. It is expected that, the communique will be published in the National dailies by Monday.
6. the Ministry of Transport is writing to all shipping lines to hold on with the THC
GSA is working with other stakeholders to ensure these charges are not introduced.
The Ministry of Transport of Ghana has issued a communique to suspend the Terminal Handling Charges (THC) with effective 10th August 2016 pending the outcome of investigations and advice from Ghana Maritime Authority.
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Ghana: Tema Port (Seaport)
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