Shippers’ Authority visits cross-border traders in the Oti Region

Tema Branch Manager, Mr. Charles Sey, interacting with some shippers

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has visited cross border traders and twelve (12) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Shipping and Logistics Industry located in the Oti Region as part of its regular shipper outreach exercise.

The three- (3) day visit follows several complaints from the traders over challenges they face at borders which include delays by government agencies in processing documents, Letters of Commitment (LOC), multiple checkpoints and extortions, and armed-robbery among others.

The team from GSA, led by Tema Branch Manager Mr. Charles Sey, assured the traders that GSA will engage the appropriate state agencies on the matters raised for resolution.

He also used the opportunity to sensitise the traders and other stakeholders on the mandate of GSA, and encouraged shippers to report their challenges to its Shipper Complaints and Supports Units at the country’s entry points for redress. The cross-border traders were grateful to the GSA for reaching out to help solve their challenges.

The visit came off between 17th and 20th October 2022, and afforded the GSA an opportunity to interact with the shippers and take stock of challenges affecting their operations. It forms part of the GSA’s mandate and helps in formulating programmes and policies to promote trade facilitation.

The groups visited included the Dambai Cross-Border Traders; Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association; Ghana Cooperative Fashion Designers; Prince Mark Frozen Foods; CH Global Processing (Yam and Cassava Processing); and Elsjyne Enterprise (Rice Processing) among others.

While in the region, the GSA held discussions with the Oti Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Henry Yao Amesimeku, on areas of collaboration to improve the activities of cross-border trade.

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