GNCCI pays visit  to TACOTELBottom of Form

September 13, 2017
Source: Juliet Aguiar DUGBARTEY l thebftonline l Ghana
GNCCI pays visit  to TACOTELBottom of Form

 

Members of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) Sekondi-Takoradi branch have visited the Takoradi Container Terminal (TACOTEL) to familiarize themselves with the operations of the place.

According to Stephan Miezan, Chairman of GNCCI – Sekondi-Takoradi branch – we are here to acquaint ourselves with the scope of work since majority of our members do business here.

Also, he said it is also to access how prepared is TACOTEL “off dock terminal” in terms of the implementation of the paperless port operations and plans put in place to ensure smooth operations.

According to Mr. Miezan, the Chamber believes that the new system, if carried out properly will address the challenges facing the port operations. 

He urged government to step up in the construction of the rail lines in the Western Region to support small and medium enterprises in their operations especially to the rural areas.

Mr. Richmond Appiah, Terminal Manager of Takoradi Container Terminal “TACOTEL” explained that TACOTEL is an off-dock terminal, which is the extension of the Takoradi Port – we started with import and then export; we are currently in full operation.

“Currently, we are developing the second stage of our terminal which is about 27,000 square meter which  is expected to be completed this month” he said.

He added that the Terminal receives containers mostly at night to avoid traffic situation – we are going to construct a new road behind us which will be parallel to the rail dedicated to TACOTEL before the year ends.

In a presentation on the paperless system, he mentioned that TACOTEL has put in place measures to address the “paperless system” three weeks ago ahead its introduction on September 1, this year.

“Our operations have enhanced activities being done properly at the Port-on request for delivery of service, containers are schedule for pick-up when notification is sent and that agent is verified at TACOTEL biometrically or by swiping the Ghana Ports and Harbor Authority identification card” he said.