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Ghana Shippers’ Authority launches Mobile App

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The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has launched a Mobile Phone Application known as the “ShippersApp” for the purposes of relaying timely, reliable and relevant shipping information to its members and the general public.

This is to further the GSA’s quest to bring its services to the doorstep of shippers and ensure convenience to them whenever they may be across the country. It is a one-stop shop for shipping information and can be accessed anywhere across the globe.

The Authority officially launched the Application last week when its management met journalists to present the Shipping Quarter and Outlook for the first Quarter of 2019.

Chief Executive of the GSA, Benonita Bismarck encouraged all shippers, shipping service providers and all related stakeholders who do business with at the ports to download the Application for their own benefits. It can be downloaded at the App Store and the Google Store.

Information that can be accessed with the ShippersApp include Negotiated charges o shipping service providers including Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Freight Forwarders and other service providers. It can also be used to locate contacts and locations of shipping agents, custom house agents, government agencies and shipping service providers among others.

“It is a quick avenue for making inquiries and lodging complaints with respect to shipments; Expected time of arrival of vessels and vessels in ports; Maritime Trade Statistics; and notices to shippers, industry news, among others,” Bismarck stated.

Also, the Authority’s publications such as the Shipping Review, the Maritime Digest, its leaflets on Imports and Exports procedures and other relevant information on their website can now be better and easily accessed through the ShippersApp.

On the outlook for the Shipping and Maritime Industry for 2019, Bismarck stated that Ghana has projected an overall cargo throughput growth of 10 percent for the year in review, to this effect, aggressive trade and industrial policies are being rolled out by the government.

According to her, the projection is premised on the expectation that the introduction of the First-Port-Rule for the transit trade would be well managed in order not to deflect transit cargo to neighboring West African countries’ ports.

The “First-Port-Rule” is an arrangement that allows customs officials from neighboring landlocked countries to set up desks at Ghana’s Ports to collect taxes on transit goods. This is expected to be operationalized by March 1.

She said the World Bank has predicted the global economic growth to slow to 2.9 percent, this year. Also, the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Outlook indicator for global trade growth this year has been projected to slow to 3.7 percent.

The slowdown, she said, was largely attributed to trade protectionism, tight conditions and the ongoing trade war between the two biggest worlds economies-the United States of America and China.

Bismarck said the Chinese economy grew by just 6.6 percent in 2018 compared to 10.4 percent in 2017, noting that, China, being one of the major trading countries in the world, her slow economic growth is likely to hold a negative impact on the global maritime industry.

Consequently, it would negatively affect Ghana’s domestic economic situation since the Far East held the country’s largest share of international trade, with the Chinese alone holding more than 75 percent share.

Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh

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