The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has announced the introduction and subsequent implementation of the ‘Direct Delivery’ feature on the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS).
The new feature as integrated into the ICUMS system according to the Customs is to allow for the direct removal of cargoes from the ports without any form of temporary storage of it.
In a letter to all stakeholders issued under the signature of the Commissioner of Customs Col. Kwadwo Damoah on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, he noted that cargoes that qualify for direct delivery through the ICUMS system include;
• Bulk (clinker, bagged sugar);
• Bulk (bulk petroleum products);
• Cargo of an abnormal nature that the port may not have capacity to store temporarily before out of port delivery;
• Any cargo that may pose high security concerns if temporarily stored at the port.
Commissioner of Customs in the letter which has been sighted by norvanreports.com directed that in other for the state not to be on the losing side in terms of collecting the needed revenue due it, the above cargo can also only be released immediately on condition that, duties due should have been paid or security for any of the duties due should have been deposited.
The Customs Division in a letter to all its stakeholders also outlined the application processes by which traders can make use of the feature for imported cargoes.
He, however, pointed out that declarants will have to take note that a Direct Delivery application is subject to the verification and approval of Customs
Peruse below details of the statement and the application processes for the direct cargo delivery feature: