August 14, 2018

GEPA sensitizes freight forwarders at Elubo, WR

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in collaboration with the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) has begun a sensitization program for all freight forwarders across the country. This program has been necessitated by observations of inaccurate data entry into online export declaration forms and   to data loss due to non-presentation of some manually completed export forms.

The third in the series of this programme after Aflao and Takoradi was held recently at Elubo in the Western Region. Addressing participants, the Chief Executive Officer of GEPA Ms. Afua Asabea Asare in a speech read on her behalf by Deputy CEO, Mr. Albert Kassim Diwura said that some inaccurate data received through the GCNet and manually completed export forms resulted in the capture of wrong data with too low or too high values above the actual.She also noted that a recent visit to customs exit point revealed that some freight forwarders still had in their possession export forms dating as far back as 2013.

Further on Ms. Asare said the unannounced application of revised Harmonised Codes (HS Codes)also contributed to data inaccuracy and loss and requested for pre-announcements of revision and due date for application of revised HS Codes to allow stakeholders update systems for implementation. In conclusion Ms. Asare encouraged all participants in the workshop to eagerly effect the necessary changes in their processes to ensure data integrity in order to reflect actual export earnings that will feed the designing of strategic economic interventions and business decision-making.

The sensitization program which was chaired by Mr. Peter Ehlah representing the Sector Commander Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, Elubo was attended by freight forwarders who were informed about the need to ensure data integrity through various presentations and discussions led by the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, Bank of Ghana, Ghana Statistical Service, Ghana Revenue Authority-Customs Division and the Ghana Community Network Systems.

Participants were encouraged to ensure eligibility when completing export forms,return completed export forms to Customs, identify products with correct HS Codes, description, values, and weight as well as discouraged from using their companies as the exporting company.Customs Division also pledged to be meticulous in storing the right information submitted by freight forwarders.

GEPA intends to continue with this sensitization program in Sunyani, Accra, Tema, Wa and Bolga before the end of this year. Through these interactions and awareness programs the GEPA is optimistic that non-traditional export trade statistics received will give a better indication of Ghana’s export trade as no data will be lost.

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