Illegal postal and courier service operators face prosecution and closure if they do not take steps to regularise their operations with the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission (PCSRC), a Parliamentary report has warned.
The Commission is an implementing agency under the Ministry of Communications and mandated to licence and regulate the postal sector.
According to a report of the Communications Committee on the 2019 annual budget estimates of the Ministry of Communications, an amount of GH₵1.5million has been provided to implement the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission (PCSRC) programme for year 2019.
Parliament’s Communications Committee was informed by officials of PCSRC that there are quite a number of postal and courier service providers operating illegally, thereby taking business away from licenced service providers.
The Commission in year 2018 took steps to weed them out by identifying and publishing their names; subsequently, eight (8) of them have been licenced to operate while thirty others have purchased licencing application forms.
“To rid the market of these illegal operators and protect the interest of licenced operators, the Commission will in 2019 again publish a list of illegal operators and initiate steps to prosecute them,” officials of PCSRC stated.
As part of its activities for 2019, the Commission will intensify public education to caution the public on the dangers of patronising unlicenced operators.
It plans to licence 20 more operators to provide postal and courier services and also generate income internally to support its activities.
The Commission was established under the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Act, 2003 (Act 649).