Business News of Monday, 24 December 2018
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) is hopeful the takeover of the single window system at the ports by UNIPASS will help strengthen custom-to-custom corporation.
Beginning January 1, 2019, South Korean company, UNIPASS will take over the single window system which was jointly operated by the Ghana Community Network Limited (GCNet) and Customs World Dubai (West Blue).
UNIPASS has been awarded a 10-year contract by the Government of Ghana under the Ministry of Trade to begin operations on January 1, 2019.
In an interview with Citi Business News, Executive Member of GIFF, Jonny Mantey said they are hopeful UNIPASS will bring onboard good experiences to run the system.
“The understanding and the checks that we have done is that they have been in the system for quite a while now so they bring onboard a lot of experience which we are counting on them for, especially with the custom-to-custom situation that we have talked about severally”
“The understanding we have about this system, if indeed that is what it is then I think that we will have a lot of custom to custom corporation. Once they are bringing this expertise onboard, then we look forward to it.”
It is estimated that the takeover of Single Window operations from Customs World (West Blue Consulting) and GCNet will cost taxpayers more money.
UNIPASS to receive 0.75% fee (FOB) for 10 years
Ghana Link, with its overseas partners, CUPIA Korea Customs Service, will provide the trade facilitation and Customs Management System at a 0.75% fee (FOB) per their 10-year contract with the Ministry of Trade.
Using current import volumes, the total amount Ghanaian importers are likely to pay during the 10-year contract period hovers around $180 million, industry estimates suggest.
West Blue, GCNet Systems
GCNet and West Blue Consulting, with its overseas partner, Customs World Dubai, are providing fully integrated trade facilitation and customs management system at the ports, which already incorporates all the modules that UNIPASS is being contracted to deploy at the ports.
The systems of the two companies have been fine-tuned to perfection and hundreds of hours spent training stakeholders on how to use it.
The unplugging of the current Single Window will derail gains made under the paperless port programme, of which the existing platform plays an important role.