Ghana suspends July 1 port tariff hikes

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has pushed to October 1, 2015 a proposed upward review of some tariffs at the country’s ports.

The authority had set Wednesday July 1,2015 to review upwards vessel handling charges and stevedoring charges by four percent, while receipt and delivery charges with regards to imports handling was to be increased by 20 percent.

Head of Business Development at GPHA, Alice Torkornoo had earlier told local media that discussions were ongoing between stakeholders for the new tariffs to take effect in due time.

“We are discussing with our stakeholders to upwardly review the vessel handling charges and stevedoring charges by four percent; the stevedoring is the vessel operation i.e that is where we either receive cargo into the vessel or deliver cargo out of the vessel,” she said.

According to Torkornoo, there have been a number of discussions with stakeholders on the proposed move, which is expected to boost port operations.

Despite the discussions there were still some agitations from the shipping community and freight forwarders who have kicked against the reviews pushing the authority to put the move on hold.

The Concerned Freight Forwarders and Traders Forum of Ghana earlier warned GPHA to put the tariff increase on hold since it would cripple their business.

President of the group, Dennis Amfoh Sefah said consumers would have to pay more since importers cannot bear the cost of importation alone.

He said the current economic condition does not warrant such an increase.

“What we are proposing to GPHA is to suspend this increment for now so that if the economic situation in the country gets better, we can then go ahead with it,” he said.

Sefah said “the importer is going to divide his cost and put it on the items and commodities and you and I are going to suffer”.

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