Address UNIPASS challenges – GUTA to GRA


The Ghana Union of Traders Association, GUTA, has asked the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to fix the challenges with the new Integrated Customs Management Systems, (ICUMS), also known as UNIPASS.

GUTA said the challenges are resulting in delays, a situation that will cause them to pay more for demurrage and rent, a cost they cannot bear.

The UNIPASS/ICUMS platform is a new port clearing system that processes documents and payments through one window: a departure from the previous system where valuation and classification and risk management and payment were handled by different entities.

It is replacing the systems operated by West Blue Consulting and the Ghana Community Service Network Limited (GCNet).

In a statement President  of GUTA Dr. Joseph Obeng, said, “prior to the introduction of the UNIPASS system, we were briefed on the efficiency that the new system would bring to bear on the clearing process at the ports.

‘It is therefore a surprise to us that the system is fraught with challenges that cause delay, which eventually costs the importer, in terms of demurrage and rent charges.”

“We want to know, who bears the cost of such demurrages and rent, since the importer is not the cause of the problems in the implementation of the new system,” he added.



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