Business Account of Monday, 24 September 2018
Source: Pauline Abrokwa
CTN is allotment of changes in all-around burden aegis afterward contest of 9/11 in 2001
Since account of the burden tracking agenda (CTN) came to the fore, opinions acquire been acutely disconnected over the appliance of a third-party belvedere in the trading business.
As is to be expected, proponents of the arrangement acquire insisted that it is all-important to assure, amid added things security, amount and weight.
They generally point to beneath invoicing and over invoicing as the two devils the arrangement will advice break and, in the process, bung acquirement leakages to arise up collections.
What they acquire banned to avoid their minds to is that CTN is an accidental amount to the already abounding trader.
Instead, it is an access for chargeless banknote to its proponents but adds no amount to the government. Thus, the government’s agog abutment for it leaves abundant to be desired.
Notice of cessation
Before I advance to altercate why Ghana does not allegation CTN, let me abode the official communique about CTN actuality Apprehension of Cessation of Implementation.
The apprehension said “the cessation of the accomplishing date is to acquiesce for:
A) “More appointment and sensitisation of all stakeholders with the appearance to body and deepen compassionate and consensus.” Shouldn’t this acquire been done aboriginal afore the attack at implementation? Why allegation we consistently blitz to apparatus behavior (fumigation burden and tax brand in mind) afore accomplishing broader stakeholder appointment and sensitisation? But this is not in the atomic surprising, because the adverse utterances of some kingpins in the Ghana Acquirement Authority (GRA) and the Ministry of Barter in the after-effects of July 1 in aegis of CTN.
b) “To abode all apropos aloft by the trading affiliation afore the new date of the accomplishing of the CTN” This should be done appropriately and after bigotry to any stakeholder, irrespective of whether ‘they are aloof intermediaries’ in all-embracing trade. Otherwise, the celebrity of the after activity shall be far greater than the former.
Even added black are those hasty pronouncements by GRA in the apprehension of the CTN postponement. “The Commissioner-General additionally appear the following:
a). There will be no fees or accuse applicative to importers or shippers in Ghana or away associated with the accomplishing of the CTN now or in the future.” Does it beggarly CTN was inherently chargeless and GRA absitively to allegation shippers CTN fees? Or does it beggarly that CTN is not chargeless but government is arresting all the amount of CTN both ‘now’ and ‘in the future’ so that vicariously, CTN is chargeless to ‘importer or shippers’? If so, why would government appetite to expend about $500,000 annually on article that absolute systems can bear bigger alike for free?
b). “Any fees answerable to any importer so far in affiliation with the accomplishing of CTN will be reimbursed by the GRA. GRA allegation appear bright on ‘any fees charged’ because the July 1 CTN accomplishing came with three amount elements: absolute fees – CTN fees (minimum of $100), accessory fees – bales forwarders account allegation for CTN affidavit (between $150 to $250) and accessory acknowledge – aircraft curve account allegation for CTN (minimum of $150).
But ‘any fees’ can absolutely not accredit to absolute CTN fees because until this cessation notice, GRA and the Deputy Minister of Trade, Carlos Ahenkorah, decidedly kept adage that CTN was cost-free. He argued that the government was arresting CTN fees, at atomic for the aboriginal six months of implementation. Therefore, ‘any fees charged……’ in the ambience can alone accredit to accessory fees or account accuse paid by the agent to bales forwarders or aircraft curve accidental to the July1 date.
The government, through GRA, will be reimbursing in dollars and euros paid by every agent to adopted bales forwarders and aircraft curve back the July 1 to August 31, 2018. This is a archetypal case of basic flight. If this were to be accession jurisdiction, active would by now be rolling.
CTN fails a declared accident administration apparatus because it has no agents or bureau away to validate advice fed into it.
CTN cannot present a level-playing acreage to importers or break the declared under-invoicing and over-invoicing because its advice is not accurate and, therefore, not sacrosanct. Community acquire said they are not answerable to acquire ethics declared by CTN. CTN, accordingly fails at appraisal too.
Thus, why will CTN be abeyant instead of actuality scrapped absolutely from the cant of the Ghanaian bales forwarding industry?
CTN appears to booty afflatus from pre-shipment inspection. However, Ghana practices destination inspection.
The 15 countries in Africa that use CTN accepted as Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) or loading certificate) do so either because of aegis affidavit or are pre-shipment inspection-oriented. A brief attending at best of the countries, including Burundi, Senegal, Angola, Mali, Nigera, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire, appearance that they acquire had a anatomy of alternation or aggressive terrorism. Pre-shipment ysis is back the importing appurtenances are absolute at antecedent (exporting country) adjoin the abstracts submitted.
To do this, the bureau apery the importing country at the consign country are present to verify the actuality of the appurtenances adjoin the advice fed into it.
However, Ghana’s attack to apparatus CTN after recourse to the credo of able pre-shipment inspection, which is that CTN allegation acquire agents in assorted ports about the world, has no amount for the Ghana importer whose attempts acquire been fabricated to allegation CTN fees and added accessory fees.
Ghana, by the Community Act 891 (2016) practices destination ysis and not pre-shipment ysis by which CTN would acquire been relevant.
Therefore, accession of a bald action like the CTN cannot disengage the destination ysis convenance unless the law is adapted to accomplish Ghana a pre-shipment ysis country.
Otherwise, CTN has no locus, for which acumen person(s), including shippers, aircraft curve and bales forwarders, who abjure it will not be accountable to prosecutions.
The accepted convenance of destination ysis bureau that importing appurtenances access in the country afore they are absolute adjoin their accompanying carriage and barter abstracts (bill of lading, bartering invoice, packing list, certificated of origin, etc.).
Even then, there are at atomic two systems currently in abode that accord advice about importing appurtenances afore the accession of the bureau of conveyance. These are the e-manifest and the pre-arrival appraisal advertisement arrangement (PAARS) managed by Westblue Consulting.
The e-manifest, which is absolutely chargeless of charge, is advised to board far added abundant burden advice than CTN, which has both absolute amount to government (CTN fees) and aberrant amount to shippers (service fees answerable by aircraft curve and bales forwarders). Hence, Ghana Community and anchorage authorities acquire above-mentioned advice of every importing burden afore the accession of the bureau of conveyance.
Ghana, as a affiliate of the Apple Community Organisation (WCO) has the befalling to all-embracing best convenance of Customs-to-Customs (C2C) cooperation.
This allows our Community to acquaint and seek description or advice about any alien burden from their counterparts about the world. Again, at no amount to either government or the importer. Ghana Community or Ministry of Barter and Industry are currently able to calmly adduce barter abstracts and yse aforementioned letters after CTN.
The Import Acknowledgment Anatomy (IDF) and the Bill of Entry (customs declaration) submitted by importers to MoTI and Community Division appropriately through GCNet and GICCS are bureau by all accordant abstracts is compiled. Therefore, CTN accomplishing cannot add a new advice as far as the accumulation of barter abstracts for statistics is concerned.
In its accepted form, it alone adds an added activity with abeyant to account delays in the accumulation alternation in the of a CTN arrangement downtime. As a best of ability at the ports, it will be absorbing to see how Vice President Dr Mahummudu Bawumia will acknowledge to this extraneous addition.
The biographer is a apprentice of the Ghana Institute of Bales Forwarders (GIFF) Email: [email protected]
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