Improvements made in the implementation and management of the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) have been lauded by the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Importers and Exporters Association, Sampson Awingobit Asaki.
According to him, challenges faced by importers and exporters during the early stages in the rollout of the trade facilitation system at the ports have now been addressed.
“I must say they have done their best, most of the issues we were complaining about have been resolved and the clearing of goods have now been made easy although there are still one or two challenges which have to do with the clearance of vehicles at the port with the system called the Vehicle Calculator. I still get complaints from agents about that,” he said.
Adding, the complaints made by importers and exporters have been forwarded to persons in-charge of the operation of the ICUMS system.
“Persons in-charge of the ICUMS system have said they are working to perfect the system, so definitely as we go along, there will be issues that will be raised and the agents will prompt them so they can rectify the issues. But I can confidently tell you that the major issues of the ICUMS have been resolved and we are going forward smoothly,” he added.
Mr Asaki’s comments follow the assertion by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) that total revenue generated through the ICUMS as at December 12, 2020, was Ghs 10.5 billion.