Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) will improve port clearance procedures – AGI

Tema Port

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) says it believes the introduction of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) at Ghana’s sea ports at Tema and Takoradi will be beneficial to the business community and Ghana as a whole. The CTN, which was initially scheduled for September 2018 has been postponed to October of the same year for broader consultations among stakeholders.

AGI, in a release signed by its President, Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi notes with concern, recent developments and agitations following the announcement of the system, adding, port efficiency and the current reforms at our ports constitute critical drivers for trade and economic growth.

It further emphasized its commitment to support a system that seeks to bring sanity to port procedures, that provides the GRA with pre-information about containers to Ghana and ensures that doing business in Ghana does not attract additional cost or charges to importers and shippers.

The professional body will therefore not endorse attempts to retard progress in the roll out of the reforms being introduced at the ports; it hopes to see further consultation of all relevant parties to find a workable solution to the impasse over the implementation of the CTN to enhance compliance.

The CTN presents a platform for collection and management of commercial and logistical information relating to the cargo and ship from the port of loading to the port of discharge.

By Joshua W. Amlanu