After 17 days of its implementation, the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) has generated some GH¢490 million in spite of the challenges associated with the system, the acting commissioner-general of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rev Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, announced on Thursday June 18.
He said this compares favourably with the average monthly revenue collections of about GHS942 million monthly from January to May this year from the country’s entry points when the old system deployed by Ghana Community Network (CGNet) was in use.
He was categorical that the state is not losing any revenue at the country’s entry points as ICUMS, deployed on June 1, 2020, is working creditably.
“Looking at this trend, it is obvious that the authority will not be losing revenue as being highlighted by some sections of society.
“These numbers paint a very optimistic picture which speaks for itself. I wish to use this opportunity to assure the trading public that these are teething challenges which are associated with the introduction of every new system,” he added.
While admitting that there were teething challenges with the system, the commissioner-general said most of these initial problems were being fixed to allow for seamless operations.
He identified the failure of Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) to populate, co-loading and manifest matching the issue of Customs Bills of Entry (BoE) as some of the teething challenges.
With the issue of TIN numbers not populating at the front-end of declarant, he explained, “As we speak, TIN numbers have been populated on ICUMS for easy retrieval.”
For importers still experiencing challenges with co-loading and manifest matching, Rev Owusu-Amoah said alternative arrangements have been made.