It is now clear that the government is going ahead with the implementation of its calls the new end to end customs management systems from Korean Customs Services (KCS) agency known as Universal Pass (UNI-PASS).
This is because the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo on Wednesday 26, 2020 in a letter, directed freight forwarders clearing agents and other stakeholders at our ports, to use a new customs management system put in place to clear their goods.
According to him, the letter is coming after a meeting with the leadership of the freight forwarders, officers of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Deputy Finance Minister.
“Please be informed that from 1st March 2020, importers will be required to clear their imports through the new customs management systems at the entry points listed in Appendix 1 of this letter.
“Imports through all other points of entry shall be processed through the existing Pre-Arrival Assessment Report System (PAARS) and Ghana Customs Management Systems (GCMS),” he stated in the letter.
Read the full letter below:
But Ghana Institute of Freight forwarders said switching onto the new Customs Management System by UNIPASS will create chaos at the ports.
The President of the GHIFF, Edward Akrongwho in an interview with Joy Business warned against the implementation of the new customs management systems which he said will create problems at two major points of entry which will eventually become an extra cost to the importer and exporter.
“What is broken that you want to fix? We are not complaining about the system we have right now. What at all is new in what government is bringing that will assure me that is superior to what is currently running.
“UNIPASS will bring disruption if it is implemented. I tell you we have been to some of the training they organised. This does not make me happy at all,” he complained.
Mr.Akrong added that, if the government insists on going ahead with UNI-PASS, it should, rather take its time and allow for stress tests to be done on the system.
The stress test he said, should be done when about 1,000 applications from clearing agents enter the system at the same time.
He cautioned the government of the impact of the service and the cost of doing business in Ghana if this is not handled in a very professional and orderly manner for a smooth transition.
Although a well-equipped call centre is also ready to address the concerns of users, Mr.Akrong pointed out that, “am of the view that expected revenues will take a hit if they go ahead and implement the UNIPASS the way they want it done.
“The Senior Minister must be patient and he and his team including the management of UNIPASS must not rush this in anyway or else they will have themselves to blame for the chaos which will hit the ports on Monday, March 2.”
With approximately 97% of revenue collected administered and processed through the GCNet deployed systems in GRA DTRD and GRA Customs Division, there has been a steady increase in the country’s revenues since the integrated customs management systems were deployed.
Joy Business understands that about GHS 40m is collected daily using Ghana Customs Management Systems.
And since the ICMS was put in place in the first year of 2003 a total of 249.461 million Cedis was collected and it hit its peak of some 16.324 billion Cedis in 2018 but dropped to above 15.725 billion Cedis in 2019 due to the introduction of the benchmark values reduction by the Economic Management Team of the government due to a promise to reduce taxes.
- Stephen Appiah excludes Asamoah Gyan from his list of best Ghanaian players
- ‘Government is either feigning incompetence on the point of how we fix structures or is pretending to fix them’ – Barker-Vormawor
- CID probes 53 schools over alleged corruption in school feeding programme
- We will not allow any religious group to plunge Ghana into chaos – Muntaka
- Virologist warns of third wave of Covid-19 in Ghana
- NSMQ2021: Mfantsipim School begins redemption campaign from regional qualifiers
- Covid-19: GHS to roll out second doses from May 19
- #NSMQ2021: Mfantsiman Girls SHS dumped for the third time in a row at regional championships
- 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Black Stars to camp in Europe despite postponement
- Kwabena Agyepong’s NPP membership re-instated
You walked out on me and it was the best thing that could’ve happened
4 reasons why traveling makes us happier
High freight charges, raw materials, reasons for rising cost of building materials
Wesley Girls ‘no fasting’ policy: What dialogue can’t resolve, even war can’t – Muslim Caucus in Parliament
AGRA holds webinar on Ghana’s Agricultural Transformation Journey
Israeli Embassy organises investment forum for agriculture
Kwabena Agyepong’s NPP membership re-instated
G7 nations pledge $389m over Boko Haram insurgency
Dolait appreciates Chief Imam for role in providing peaceful business climate
Multimedia Group journalist, Isaac K. Normanyo gets ‘Adansiman Bofuo’ award
CDC Group commits $100 million to ETG Group
Tolon-Naa honours Oppong Nkrumah for service to his country
We will not allow any religious group to plunge Ghana into chaos – Muntaka
Akufo-Addo meets families of May 9 victims
Astroturf pitch commissioned to boost football in Old Tafo