The Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations (GUTA) has asked the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to stop demurrage charging and rent charges at the ports.
GUTA noted that its hasn’t been successful in its attempts to get the authorities of the GPHA, as well as owners of shipping lines through the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ghana Shippers Authority to waive off the charges have proven futile.
A statement issued and signed by the President of GUTA, Joseph Obeng stated that, “ It is quite unfortunate that persistent calls through the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ghana Shippers Authority to the shipping lines and GPHA to waive the demaurage and rent charges at this very crucial time in the life of this country is proving futile.”
“We are therefore calling on government to strongly appeal to the Shipping lines and GPHA to give unconditional waivers to demurrage and rent charges during this period of the lock-down so that together we all achieve the aim of fighting this pandemic,” the statement added.
Demurrage is a charge payable to the owner of a chartered ship on failure to load or discharge the ship within the time agreed.