Shippers’ Authority hints at regional standardisation of port charges

Shippers’ Authority hints at regional standardisation of port charges
The CEO of GSA, Benonita Bismarck, in a group picture with the delegation

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has hinted at moves to standardise ports charges in the sub-region. This move, according to the GSA, is part of efforts to streamline port charges for the benefit of shippers with the advent of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GSA, Benonita Bismarck, gave the hint when a 15-member delegation from the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, paid a courtesy call on the GSA to familiarise itself with operations of the Authority and pick up lessons to improve on Customs services in Nigeria.

Ms. Bismarck noted a recent trip by the GSA to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Committee of Experts on Transport Costs held in Abuja this month, meant to streamline port charges in the sub-region.

“The expert body made up of sector players have been tasked to come up with a framework to guide operations at the ports. The hope is to have some uniformity in port charges of the sub-region to spur regional economic growth,” she said.

She reiterated the important economic role Ghana and Nigeria play in the sub-region, and mentioned various collaborations between the two countries in the shipping and logistics sector which have helped improve service delivery at the ports. She also used the opportunity to encourage Nigerian Customs Officers to put in their best to promote Intra Africa Trade through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

A presentation was made on operations of the GSA and its contribution to improving shipping and logistics services in Ghana. The delegation, led by the Deputy Commissioner in Charge of Suspense Regimes at the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Ohene, was introduced to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GSA, Ms. Benonita Bismarck.

The 15-member delegation was made up of the Comptroller of Customs, Olatunji Aremu; the Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies for the Staff College; three (3) members of the directing staff; ten (10) students and one (1) member of the administrative staff.

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