ICC Ghana / Global Alliance launch “Expedite Release of Goods through Pre-Arrival Processing” Project
Following Ghana’s ratification of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the coming into force of the Agreement, active work is ongoing by all relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful execution of the TFA Articles.
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation in collaboration with ICC Ghana on 15th September 2017 launched the Expedite Release of Goods through Pre-Arrival Processing” Project at the Alisa Hotel. The project’s goal is to support Ghana’s commitment to the expedite release of goods and make Ghana compliant with Article 7.1 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
Expedite release of goods is the joint interest of the private sector and the Government of Ghana. Ghana’s ratification of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has demonstrated the county’s commitment to make cross-border trade easier.
In a speech read on behalf of the Commissioner General of GRA, the Technical Adviser Mr Henry Yentumi stated that for the country to continue to attract investment, implementation of trade facilitation reforms will be much needed, adding that the recent introduction of the paperless regime at the country’s ports formed part of the measures to facilitate the clearance of goods through the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System PAARS which came into effect in 2015.
He said the PAARS composed of components such as Client Relations, Document Verification, Classification, Valuation, Quality Control and Appeals. He indicated that individuals who were dissatisfied with their classification of goods could appeal. I charge members of this project team to be creative, ambitious and imaginative in engaging all stakeholders in continuously improving the clearance process he said.