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GPHA moves to review 10.9% tariff increment after crunch meeting

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, GPHA, has moved to review the 10.9% increment of tariff amid series of protests by shippers over what they termed as outrageous charges on imports.

The review follows a series of protests by some shippers (importers and exporters) who lamented that if immediate steps are not taken by authorities at the port to review the tariffs, they could be forced out of business as they can hardly make any gains with the operationalization of the new directive.

The outraged importers alleged that charges on their wares have skyrocketed by a margin of about 110%-200% after the implementation of the 10.9% increment.

“After listening to the concerns of shippers (importers and exporters) regarding the adjusted tariff rates, the Hon Minister of Transport who chaired the meetings directed GPHA to take a second look at the revision of the tariff items under the Fourth Schedule,” the release from GPHA said in part.

“It is recalled that as a result of the decision to index the Ghana Cedi tariff items in the Fourth Schedule to the US Dollar, the rate of increase ranged from 80%-200%. In fact the rate of increment for the Fourth Schedule has considered by unreasonable by shippers.

“Accordingly, in the interest of peace and stability in the maritime sector, the following directives were issued for compliance effective December 5, 2019:

  1. The US dollar indexation of the Fourth Schedule of the Port Tariff is suspended forthwith. Instead, all Ghana Cedis denominated tariff items in the Fourth Schedule of the Ghana port Tariffs shall now increase by 40 percent on the May 2018 published tariffs”,
    The release added.

The General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs of GPHA, Mrs Esther Gyebi Donkor in an interview with this reporter assured shippers they have engaged authorities to resolve their concerns.

She added that after the meeting with Transport Minister, the rates have been revised and it will take effect December 5, 2019 to offer shippers some relief.

Read statement below.

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