Some key businesses in the country have commended President John Mahama for ordering the shipping lines to halt the terminal handling charges.
President Mahama during the celebration of the 1st anniversary of the national single window and the launching of the Ghana import, export and transit process manual gave an order for the shipping lines to stop the terminal handling charges.
His order follows countless directives by Transport Minister Fifi Kwetey for all shipping lines in the country to stop the charges.
Unfortunately, the Shipping lines were still collecting the Terminal Handling Charges despite the directive.
The president said the time has come for all unapproved charges at the ports to be stopped.
Following the order, Eye on Port has gathered that the shipping lines have suspended the collection of the terminal handling charges.
Some business entities have therefore welcomed the news, stating that it will relieve the burden on shippers as well as reduce the cost of doing business.
The Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association, Sampson Asaki said suspension of the terminal handling charges will go a long to ameliorate the sufferings of members of the Association.
He thanked the President for the order as well the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Richard Anamoo for following up with a letter to the shipping lines.
“We thank the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority for also making sure that the President’s directive is adhered to by issuing that letter, however, it is not about suspension of the charges, it’s about total abolition of the Terminal Handling Charges,” he said.
The National Secretary of the Customs Brokers Association of Ghana, CUBAG, said importers who have made payments to the shipping lines should receive refund.