Ghana Link debunks claims of faulty scanners at KIA
Technical managers of trade facilitation tool, the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS), Ghana Link Network Services (Gh-Link), has denied claims of faulty scanners at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
Per reports, clearance of goods at the Kotoka International Airport have been adversely affected given faulty scanners at the airport which have been non-operational since Monday, August 9.
According to freight forwarders at KIA, the non-clearance of goods due to the faulty scanners has resulted in congestion at the cargo section of the airport.
But reacting to claims of non-functional scanners at the airport by freight forwarders, Public Relations Manager at Ghana Link, Norvan Acquah-Hayford, in an interview noted that the claims of the freight forwarders are untrue.
Although admitting that the scanners at the airport did indeed develop some fault on Monday, the scanners were fixed within 24 hours of developing the said faults and are now fully functional.
“Engineers have been on-site to fix the faulty scanners and infact the sacnners started working yesterday, as we speak now the scanners are still working today. So I can tell you on authority that the scanners have no problems.”
“And so if anybody says the scanners are not working or as reported in the media as of this morning, that is untrue,” he stated.
Ghana Link Network Services is the company spearheading the deployment of the Integrated Customs Management Systems (ICUMS) at the country’s land and sea borders.
ICUMS has been designed to improve revenue mobilisation by blocking revenue leakges and loopholes at the nation’s points of entry – sea and land borders.
Deployed on June 1, 2020, the ICUMS currently covers some 135 Customs operational points across the country including the Elubo and Aflao borders, the Tema and Takoradi ports, as well as the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The implementation of the ICUMS system according to its managers – Ghana Link – will be done in 4 phases with each phase having a set of modules expected to enhance the use of the trade facilitation tool, particularly by the trading community.
At the moment, implementation of the ICUMS is at the second phase with some features expected to be introduced soon.
The expected features to be introduced include; the E-auction feature, the advanced passenger information system mainly for airports, E-wallet, the authorised and economic operator module which prioritizes applications of compliant traders among others.