Tension is brewing at the Takoradi ports as discouraged Frieghtforwarders are mulling above the failure of the UNIPASS program to very clear goods electronically.
The electronic customs procedure is at the moment unable to provide on its conclude to stop deal as envisaged, leading to Frieghtforwarders staying asked to go again to the handbook usually means of clearing products.
Resources amid the Frieghtforwarders at the Takoradi port say, contrary to the GCNet / WB devices the place paperwork are electronically out there for immediate access in the end to end chain, that is not so with the new Built-in Customs Management Programs (ICUMS).
Agents have been questioned to print out beforehand scanned documents from the GCNet / WB program to serve as a information for valuation which ICUMS is not able to do and manually connect present files for submission.
The circumstance is even more compounded by the point that UCR and IDF particulars are captured from GCNet / West Blue program to be utilised in the ICUMS.
Compared with in the GCNet / West Blue Units exactly where there is entry to Container Motion Report (CMR) and Supply Buy (DO) in digital format, the information ICUMS does not display these functionality elevating thoughts about the preparedness and superiority or robustness of the ICUMS.
This also usually means that other agencies that rely on electronic info for reporting uses are deficient, which in flip defeats the idea of a paperless port.
The enhancement, which is largely the very same at the border posts which includes Aflao, Elubo and Gonokrom, for instance, is stressing as buyers are deprived rapidly and effortless company.
With clearance at the ports again to guide, freight forwarders are nervous there is a significant risk of undervaluation, document fiddling, theft of merchandise and probable earnings leakages.