Freight Forwarders Approve UNIPASS

Dennis Amfo-Sefah

THE CHAMBER of Freight and Trade has declared its huge support for the new single window port administration system instituted by government.

Dennis Amfo-Sefah, president of the chamber, who disclosed this at a press conference in Accra, recently, said freight forwarders were excitedly registering to board the new single window platform all over the country because they had been educated on the advantages of the single window system.

Mr Amfo-Sefah, who completed a tour of exit and entry points into Ghana, indicated that majority of stakeholders in the industry had accepted the UNIPASS and described it as a better solution than previous ones that were deployed.

“We have examined the UNIPASS and we think it is more advantageous,” Mr. Amfo-sefah noted.

He added that the latest solution, which was soon expected to take over customs cargo clearance management system, would help the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) achieve its revenue mobilization and collection goals.

Noting that the ongoing piloting of Ghana’s new single window platform, under UNIPASS, at the country’s exit and entry points had been very smooth, convenient and compatible, he said the dread of freight forwarders and traders had been put to rest.

Ghana Link Network Services is the local partner of UNIPASS. It was awarded a US$40 million 10-year single window contract to provide paperless services at the ports in March 2018.

Though some aggrieved stakeholders have made it a subject of controversy lately, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI) has stated that the introduction of UNIPASS was expected to make the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) more comprehensive.

Additionally, the ministry said the UNIPASS system, which inculcated a clearance management system, a cargo management system, an information management system and an administration system, was the most appropriate solution for Ghana which must be accepted by all.