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The recent review of the paperless port reforms, that has seen the reduction of the number of agencies undertaking joint inspections at the ports from 16 to three (3), is expected to lead to a 30 percent growth in government revenue from the ports by the end of the year.The abolishing of the compliance stage of the clearance process— whose function has been taken over by the Customs Technical Services Bureau (CTSB)–also portends a much more perfected process that is able to rake in more revenue for central government.Generally, revenue has underperformed, given the rafts of taxes abolished in the 2017 budget. The 11 tax measures announced has denied government of about a billion cedis in revenue. However, the paperless port reforms remains a bright spot in the generation of revenue.

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Then enter West Blue Consulting in 2015, taking over the functions of the destination inspection companies which issued valuation reports on behalf of customs.
Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) programme was officially launched on December 1, 2015.Customs, therefore, took over their core mandate of Classification, Valuation and Risk Management with West Blue Consulting as the Consulting and Technical Partner for the Division; and this ushered in the second phase of the GNSW.

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Single Window showcased on world stage

Posted on 2018-06-14 10:11:02

Ghana was among over 75 countries which took part in this year’s World Customs OrganiSation (WCO) Information Technology Conference and Exhibition held in Lima, Peru.The conference, which had over 500 participants, gave Ghana the opportunity to showcase to the world how the country is implementing its National Single Window at its ports.The 3-day event, which was held from June 6 to 8, 2018, brought together Customs of the World – including representatives of private sector and international organisations – to find lasting solutions using new

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IMF lauds Ghana’s economic performance

Posted on 2018-05-24 12:40:32

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lauded the government for pursuing an economic trajectory that is yielding positive results to restore the economy on a sound footing but added that a lot more work needs to be done to achieve full fiscal consolidation.For the country to achieve its target of sound microeconomic stability, the fund urged the government to ensure a sound financial sector, prioritise investments and reduce the debt stock to sustainable levels to restore absolute confidence in the economy.


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West Blue Consulting, a world class business and IT-consulting and technology firm has been awarded the “Most Innovative IT Consulting and Technology Firm” at the prestigious 2018 West Africa Business Excellence Awards (WABEA) held in Accra last Saturday.The award presented to officials of the company by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, H. E Femi Michael Abikoye seeks to to recognise company’s outstanding achievement, vision, innovation and growth in the trade facilitation and customs modernisation in Ghana, Nigeria and West Africa at large.


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As part of efforts to transform Ghana’s ports and make it number one in Africa, a high-level delegation from various stakeholders have paid a working visit to DP World in Dubai, the company which recently took over West Blue Consulting to undertake the Single Window project in Ghana.The visit was to observe how Dubai’s single window system operates and share ideas on how to improve trade facilitation in Ghana.

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Ghana’s latest ranking on the World Bank’s ease of doing business report is an indication that the managers of the country’s economy are still on a honeymoon.According to the 2018 report, Ghana ranked 120th position, dropping from the 108th position last year.The ease of doing business index ranks economies from one to 190. For each economy, the ranking is calculated as the simple average of the percentile rankings on each of the 10 topics included in the index in Doing Business 2017.The topics were: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

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DP World and Ghana’s President Talk Customs

Posted on 2017-10-04 10:17:32

DP World Group has met with the President of Ghana to discuss cooperation in customs technology, port operations, developing a freezone, rail transport and inland container depots to develop trade.A new customs agreement with Dubai company Customs World opens new areas for cooperation between the global port operator and the West African country.Customs World is a subsdiary of PCFC (Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation) - Trakhees, which provides services to Dubai World and its subsidiaries in Dubai, as well as other areas controlled by Dubai Customs.

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Posted on 2017-09-20 16:54:27

Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation (PCFC) Dubai, has signedan agreement to take over West Blue Ghana Limited, the company engaged for the provision of them National Single Window and Risk Management System in Ghana.This agreement formalises the establishment of “Ports & Customs World Ghana Limited.”As part of the agreement, Customs World International is committed to investing significant resources including capital, world-class technologies and human expertise in Ghana as they have done in Dubai and other countries. The implementation of these new systems will be based on a robust risk engine that will improve efficiency in Ghana’s ports and customs operations thus,increasing revenue to the Government of Ghana and at the same time significantly reducing the cost of doing business in Ghana’s ports.

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Airports next in paperless transaction

Posted on 2017-08-27 02:05:09

The government’s commitment to replacing paper and human-based transactions and controls at the seaports with paperless processes will be extended to the airports in the coming years.
The paperless transaction at the airport, known as the air cargo trade facilitation system, seeks to eliminate human intervention and introduce the electronic-based valuation and documentation processes at the airportPlayers contributing to the air cargo trade facilitation system have pledged their support to ensure the government’s paperless transaction comes into fruition on the September 4 deadline since the planned September 1 was a holiday.This move entails sensitising shippers and creating awareness while paying attention to the challenges that affect businesses in the airport space.The players include Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division (GRA), Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Ghana Union of Tr

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