GRA implementing Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) System hastily – GUTA

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The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has accused the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) of not exhausting consultation process before implementing the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) System.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) informed importers of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) System which was scheduled to take effect from 1st July 2018. (Bill of Lading Date).

Per the CTN, all shipments to Ghana (transit cargo included), Shippers/Exporters/Forwarders at the various Ports of Loading around the World are required to obtain a validated CTN number using the global online platform provided and submit same together with Shipping Instructions (SI) to their Shipping Lines. Each Bill of Lading must be covered by a valid CTN number.

Shipping Lines, per the CTN, were required to insert the unique CTN number on both the Bill of Lading and Cargo Manifest. Shipments not covered by a valid CTN number will not be cleared through Customs in Ghana and fines may apply.

The system was later suspended by the GRA on the grounds that consultations were still ongoing.

GRA has, however, implemented the system despite controversies surrounding the system.

However, speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, President for the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Dr. Joseph Obeng stated that the GRA has not exhausted consultation processes.

He noted that GUTA is still surprised as to why GRA all of a sudden is bent on implementing the CTN.

He mentioned that GUTA still stands by their demand and that they will oppose the CTN until the GRA does the needful.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa