Ghana’s paperless port system is currently going on smoothly despite some few initial hiccups, industry players said on Wednesday.

The electronic port clearing system commenced on Sept. 1 at all ports of the country.

With its introduction, clearing of goods at Ghana’s sea and airports are being done electronically to reduce the human interface between importers and port officials.

The main objective of the system is to help reduce delays and eliminate corruption with a view to enhancing fair and transparent system to maximize revenue for the country.

The new paperless system is also expected to allow for joint examination of goods by all agencies at the ports and eliminate internal customs barriers on all transit corridors.

Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday expressed his heartfelt relief at the outcome to the introduction of the paperless system at the ports.

He said an initial assessment of the implementation of the paperless system at the country’s ports has shown a revenue collection improvement of 56 percent.

According to him, revenue at the ports increased from 130 million cedis or 30.9 million U.S. dollars in the first week of September 2016, to 213 million cedis or 54.7 million dollars in the same period for 2017.

Despite these feats, the system has been fraught with many hitches after 11 days of take off, with several stakeholders calling for a review of the operation.

The President of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders Kwabena Ofosu Appiah called for a top-notch call center which can take issues from end to end and escalate them for solutions from appropriate quarters in real time.

He stressed the need for an ever present high level monitoring and reporting dashboard unit with the capacity of overseeing the end-to-end processes and where it is stalling, for quick redress.

“We are committed to the success of the paperless project,” Appiah told Xinhua in an interview in Tema on Wednesday. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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