Ghana: GCNet set to introduce new clearance system.

Management of the Ghana Community Network Service Limited, (GCNet), an electronic solutions service provider, will from May 12 introduce a new clearance system to improve efficiency in business transactions at the ports and other entry points in the country.

The system, known as the Ghana Integrated Cargo Clearance System (GICCS), is the upgraded version of the Front End System (FES), which is a web-based declaration platform, would have 55 percent reduction in errors and data entry.

It would go a long way to reduce clearance time, cost and enhance procedures in clearing cargoes at the ports and boost productivity.

Addressing managers and business owners at a workshop organised by GCNet and Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on FES migration to GICCS in Takoradi on Friday, Mr. Jonathan Ofori, Trade Net Manager of GCNet, said the new clearance system had stringent security features that would improve efficiency in declaration submission.

He said the new system would prevent interference from internet hijackers or middlemen during submission of declaration forms by importers, exporters, business owners and managers even though it is internet-based and available everywhere providing 24-hour service.

Mr. Ofori said the system had in-built mechanism that would enable business owners and managers to block and unblock staff and email notification.

It also allows two way communications between officials of Customs and clients because it uses standard security technology for establishing link between them.

GCNet is currently training stakeholders, including importers, exporters, business owners, managers, destination inspection companies and Customs officials on the new clearance system across the country.



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