The Ghana Shippers' Authority (GSA) partnered with the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) to organize a training session aimed at educating members, sister associations, and shippers on the implementation of the Exemptions Act 2022.
The training session was organized in response to numerous complaints from Freight Forwarders and shippers regarding challenges faced during the implementation of the new Exemptions Act 2022.
Over 70 participants attended the training, which took place at the GIFF KIA conference room.
Mrs Monica Josiah, Head of Shipper Services, emphasized the importance of shippers and Customs House Agents understanding the fundamentals of the Exemptions Act 2022, which was passed on September 12, 2022.
She highlighted that the new Act was designed to facilitate smooth shipments, reduce delays, and minimize avoidable costs.
Mr P.K Mensah, 1st Vice Chairman of GIFF, stated that the training would enhance participants' knowledge and enable them to operate effectively and diligently, considering the regular exposure to new consignments.
Mr Daniel Nuer, Head of the Tax Policy Unit at the Ministry of Finance, outlined the main objectives of the Exemptions Act 2022, including the establishment of clear criteria for exemptions, administration of exemptions, and monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and enforcement of exemptions.
He emphasized that every exemption under the new Act must be approved by the Minister of Finance and urged participants to familiarize themselves with the Act to avoid wasting operational hours that could impact their income.
Mr Nuer stated, “The new Act is to ensure that every pesewa that belongs to the government will come into the coffers and enhance the effective management of revenue.”
He further explained that the Act would promote transparency and non-discrimination by following established criteria and eligibility requirements.
Mr Alfred Lirase Apio, Sector Commander of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at the KIA, urged participants to familiarize themselves with the new Act and promptly report any challenges they encounter for resolution.
The 70 participants expressed gratitude for the training and called on the government to increase awareness and sensitization on the new Act to facilitate effective operationalization.
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