The Ghana Union Merchants Affiliation and another teams, together with importers and exporters, have requested their members to disregard the not too long ago elevated tariffs from the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority.
The tariff adjustment applies solely to transport firms apart from importers or exporters instantly.
It applies to stevedoring, cranage and terminal dealing with (empty container) and containerized cargoes for port prices.
Tariffs are to be elevated to 16.81 % for 40-foot containers and 15.74 % for common 20-foot containers.
Based on the GHPA, the tariff adjustment will enable it to generate extra revenue.
The proceeds will probably be used to settle assured loans for the development of Terminal 3 of the port of Tema and different infrastructure.
Nonetheless, GUTA and different aggrieved teams stated in a joint assertion: “We’ve completely little question in our thoughts that the so-called improve in PAS by transport firms has no authorized backing, no authorization and no authorized help. , due to this fact, shouldn’t be taken into consideration ”.
The teams stated, “We name on the Shippers Authority to do the mandatory by implementing the mandatory provisions of their laws which state, in accordance with part 11, ‘A transport service supplier that administers a cost for a service. that the transport service supplier returns a shipper with out having negotiated this payment with the Authority should pay the Authority an administrative penalty of no more than 200 penalty models and within the occasion of continued motion, a further administrative penalty ten penalty models for every day throughout which the motion continues after a written discover has been served on the offender by the Authority ”.
“With this launch, we implore all exporters, importers, freight forwarders and all of our provide chain companions to ignore the notices of improve as of in the present day, March 1, 2021,” the discharge stated.
Learn the total assertion under:
COFFT GHANA – PRESS CONFERENCE
MARCH 1, 2021
STATEMENT BY COFFT, GUTA, FABAG AND IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ON UNAUTHORIZED INCREASE IN ADDITIONAL PORT COSTS PER SHIPPING LINES – INDEPENDENT NOTICE.
Hi there distinguished Girls and Gents of the Press, Blissful New Month.
Simply two weeks in the past, we acquired notices from transport firms that as of in the present day, March 1, Ghanaians are anticipated to arrange for a greater than 100% improve in what they’ve. referred to as extra postage (NOT) (copies obtainable).
Girls and Gents, after interacting with the Ghana Shippers Authority, the regulator mandated by legislation to make sure sanity when it comes to charges throughout the transport business, it grew to become evident, by our zoom assembly on Saturday 27 2021, that the transport firms haven’t even filed their prices with the Authority, however solely to hunt negotiations
This so-called PAS increment has no authorized backing, has no authorization, and is opposite to the laws of the Shippers Authority of Ghana, 2012 (LI 2190).
The Ghana Shippers Authority Laws, 2012 (LI 2190), Regulation 5 states:
“Negotiation of charges”
(1) The Authority negotiates on behalf of shippers with associations of transport service suppliers
a) the prices of shipowners, transport firms and brokers; (b) port prices; (c) terminal and onshore dealing with prices; (d) prices for freight consolidators;
(e) prices for reception and supply operations; (f) freight forwarder prices; ‘and many others …
(2) For the needs of negotiations, an affiliation representing suppliers of maritime transport providers which supplies providers to shippers, shall notify the Authority three months earlier than the beginning of every calendar 12 months of the extent and construction of prices that the supplier of transport providers intends to manage. .
(3) A transport service supplier who shouldn’t be a member of any affiliation will negotiate with the Authority or cost the charges agreed between the affiliation involved and the Authority.
(10) The Authority publishes the negotiated prices within the shippers’ publication and in at the very least two nationwide day by day newspapers for the advantage of shippers and transport service suppliers.
All of the provisions set out above, not a single one has been fulfilled. We’re reliably knowledgeable that the Ghana Shippers Authority this morning wrote to the transport firms to put aside these unauthorized prices and are available to the desk for negotiations as required by legislation.
Certainly, even when the scenario could also be deemed pressing, the Ghana Shippers Authority Regulation, 2012 (LI 2190), Regulation 5 (5) could be very clear on the processes to acquire legitimacy of prices; it states: “When it’s essential to evaluation tariffs and prices attributable to an emergency scenario, the related transport service supplier shall notify the Authority of the mandatory evaluation and the Authority shall, within the seven days following the notification, convene a gathering between the Authority. and the related transport service supplier to debate the proposed charges. ”
Once more, this perform throughout the provision has not been fulfilled.
We’ve completely little question in our minds that the so-called improve in SAP by transport firms has no authorized backing, no authorization and, due to this fact, needs to be ignored.
We name on the Shippers’ Authority to take the mandatory motion by making use of the mandatory provisions in its laws which stipulate, in accordance with Article 11, “A transport service supplier who administers prices for a service that the transport service supplier supplies. The cargo returns to a shipper with out having negotiated this cost with the Authority should pay the Authority an administrative penalty of no more than 200 penalty models and within the occasion of continued motion, a further administrative penalty of ten penalty models for every day throughout which the motion continues after written notification has been served on the offender by the Authority ”.
With this launch, we implore all exporters, importers, freight forwarders and all of our logistics provide chain companions to ignore the rise notices efficient in the present day, March 1, 2021.
We should state that we’re conscious of the penalties supplied for within the Shippers’ Authority regulation for egregious breaches like these and we respectfully urge the regulator to rise to the duty and make sure that commerce doesn’t shouldn’t be hindered by the motion of the expedition. traces.
We thanks to your consideration.
thanks very a lot