Tema Port begins Operation

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Business activities yesterday bounced back at the Tema Port as some shipping lines and container terminals opened up for business in line with a request made by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to stakeholders at the port.

The move, according to the Commissioner General, was to mitigate the effect the implementation of the newly introduced Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) had had on the business community, particularly importers and exporters.

The disconnection of the port clearance systems by the service providers, West Blue Consulting and the Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet), last Monday, led to a disruption in the clearance processes.

The situation increased congestion at the Terminal Three facility, operated by the Meridian Port Services, thereby necessitating a manual release of containers which had undergone clearance processes prior to April 28.

Two Shipping lines, PIL and Grimaldi Limited, also opened up for business to be able to release cargoes that came through their lines to importers who had completed clearance processes and had made the necessary payments.

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