Freight Forwarder’s want government to scrap UNIPASS deal

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The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) has called on government to scrap the UNIPASS deal with Ghana Link and CUPIA Korea customs services as oversees partners.

According to them the contract, which was sole sourced, will sideline previous operators at the port- GCnet and West Blue, who are the main single window operations at the ports.

At a press conference the President of GIFF, Kwabena Ofosu-Appiah, claimed the government has taken a bad initiative by entering into another contract for an IT solution service which is already being handled by GCnet and West Blue.

The GIFF President argued that, the problem is not IT solution service, rather, a comprehensive governance approach to ensure proper approach to ill-intended problems within the singe window programme.

“We are not against UNIPASS contract but that’s not the issue nor the way to solve the problem within the single window programme, definitely not another IT service.

“It would be best if government forms a governance structure to which would provide effective communication to all sectors,” he stated.

But a deputy Trade Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah has debunked the claims of the Forwarders. He questioned the authenticity of their claims and asked why they never approached the ministry for further clarifications.

Source: Nii Aflah Sackey

 

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