Four years ago, the Ghana House of Port Agents (GHOPA) called on shipping companies at Tema Port to stop what they said were unnecessary charges at the port.
According to the group, after President Akufo-Addo announced the abolition of the special 1% import levy at the port, shipping line owners introduced new taxes on imported goods.
In a statement addressing the matter, he said: “We, the Ghana House of Port Agents [GHOPA] wish to convey through this press release that we implore the government, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and other relevant agencies to do something to end all unnecessary charges on shipping companies within a month, otherwise we we will advise – either embark on a massive protest against all bodies, including the government or the courthouse.
Read the full story originally published on June 7, 2017 by ClassFM.
Shipping companies have been told to stop charging exorbitant fees
The Ghana House of Port Agents (GHOPA), a group of importers, has called on shipping companies at Tema Port to end excessive charges on imported goods.
According to the group, since the announcement of the abolition of the special import levy of 1% by the government led by Akufo-Addo, owners of shipping lines have introduced new charges at the port.
A statement released by the group said: “On March 2, 2017, during President Akufo Addo’s government’s first budget statement presented by Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, we [GHOPA] developed a very strong faith in the government, having the belief that some of the abolished taxes were going to help us release our fabulous policies to help redeem the corporate image of our nation, especially at the port in our various fields of work. Since these taxes were abolished, there have been many unnecessary charges at the port by the shipping companies of which we [GHOPA] and freight forwarders, as well as importers, are not happy.
“Some of these accusations that we [GHOPA] that we consider unnecessary are: container cleaning charges, container security charges, demurrage on public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. What saddens our hearts the most is the fact that they don’t even work on weekends [Saturdays and Sundays] as well as public holidays, meanwhile GPHA also invoices on the same shipment (security costs)
“Again, shipping companies like CMA Line, Maersk Line, Pacific International Line (PIL) and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) always delay issuing their invoices, especially when their system goes down and in the end account, we are being charged for their own technical issues that caused their system to go down, and their demurrage charges are too high, they charge up to $100 per day, which we believe is simply too much.
“In conclusion, we, the Ghana House of Port Agents [GHOPA] wish to convey through this press release that we implore the government, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and other relevant agencies to do something to end all unnecessary charges on shipping companies within a month, otherwise we we will advise – either embark on a massive protest against all bodies, including the government or the courthouse.
In a subsequent interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Wednesday June 7, Prince Kofi Buamah, the group’s public relations officer, said: “We call on the government to focus its attention on transportation maritime. lines because they harm our businesses at the port of Tema. We cannot trust the Chargers Council to address this issue as we have submitted several of our issues to them, but they have not handled them properly. »
Ampadu Siaw, Secretary of the Association of Used Spare Parts Dealers, also commenting on the matter, commended the group for raising the issue.
Also speaking on the show, he said: “I’m going to congratulate them, it’s a fight that we all have to support because it affects us. The management of the spare parts dealers will meet about this and see how we can also get involved in this matter.
“As for the Ghana Shippers Council, they are not serving our interests, they are serving their own interests because most of the issues that come before them go unresolved.”