GSA, GPHA holds forum for Takoradi Port truck drivers

Executive Secretary-JAPTU, Alhaji Musah Ibrahim, addressing the forum

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), in collaboration with the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) and Takoradi Container Terminal Limited (TACOTEL), organised a sensitisation forum for members of the Joint Association of Port Transport Union (JAPTU) – Takoradi Chapter on Truck Loading Advice (TLA).

The seminar, held on 21st November 2023 at TACOTEL, aimed to streamline and enhance loading operations, contributing to overall efficiency of goods transportation from Takoradi Port. This proactive approach by the involved entities addresses and seeks to improve loading practices at Takoradi Port.

Executive Secretary-JAPTU, Alhaji Musah Ibrahim, guided members through modalities on the implementation of TLA at Takoradi Port. The outlined modalities focused on leveraging technology, ensuring compliance and prioritising safety throughout the cargo-loading process.

The forum follows a recent reorganisation of members from the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (G.P.R.T.U) and Ghana Haulage Truck Drivers Association (G.H.T.D.A) into the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions (JAPTU). This strategic initiative aims to professionalise the trucking sector within Takoradi Port’s supply chain. The primary objectives are to ensure safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in cargo delivery operations, and to facilitate accountability among truck drivers and owners in the loaded cargo value chain.

Truck drivers inquired about training opportunities to familiarise themselves with the TLA system, its functionalities and how to navigate the digital platform. They expressed interest in providing feedback on their experiences with the TLA system, and sought clarification on mechanisms for improvement based on user input.

The facilitators duly addressed their concerns, with a Principal Freight and Logistics Officer at the Takoradi Branch of the GSA, Mr. Abdul Haki Bashiru-Dine – noting that the Authority’s officers and Shipper Complaints Units across the country can be approached to report any anomalies they face for redress.

In attendance were members of JAPTU-Takoradi Chapter, Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers Association-Ghana (CUBAG) members, and other key stakeholders in the Port Supply Chain at Takoradi.

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