The Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and freight forwarders who assist importers in clearing goods at the country’s ports of entry have agreed on new freight forwarding and clearing agent fees for the next two years.
The new rates, which go into effect on January 1, 2023, affect activities at Ghana’s two seaports (Tema and Takoradi), Kotoka International Airport (KIA), and the borders of Aflao and Elubo.
According to Graphic Online’s Maclean Kwofi, it is in accordance with the Ghana Shippers’ Authority Regulation, 2012 (L.1.2190), which mandates the authority to negotiate shipping service provider charges on behalf of shippers (importers and exporters).
Negotiations and extensive deliberation between the GSA and the Committee of Freight Forwarder Associations (CoFFA), which represents forwarders and clearing agents, resulted in the rates.
The negotiated rates, which will be in effect for the next two years, will help importers and exporters plan their operations.
It is also intended to monitor the cost of doing business in Ghana and ensure price predictability.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Accra, the GSA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Benonita Bismarck, urged forwarders to adhere to the negotiated rates in order to create a conducive business environment.
“We went through a difficult process to arrive at these rates, which, as we agreed, are commensurate with the services you provide to importers and exporters.
“What we hope is that your members will not charge more than this, but will feel free to charge less based on the relationship you have with your customers.”
Peter Mensah, Vice President of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), who signed on behalf of the freight forwarders, thanked the GSA for being open and fair at all levels of negotiation.
He promised that forwarders would adhere to the agreed-upon rates in the same spirit that characterised the negotiations.
“It is for the good of not only the sector but the nation at large. Profits would increase as the economy improved. We’d like to give our customers the opportunity to recognize the professionalism we bring to the table.
“We also want to use this to vet our members and warn the public about the activities of bogus forwarders.”
The rate for De-consolidator services has yet to be finalized for implementation.
Attached below is the details of the agreed rates.
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