The Ghana Shippers’ Authority, GSA in accordance with its Regulation, 2012, (L.1.2190) which mandates the Authority to negotiate charges of Shipping Service Providers on behalf of shippers, has successfully engaged Clearing and Forwarding Agents and have agreed on new rates effective January 2023.
The rates were agreed upon after series of negotiations with the Committee of Freight Forwarder Associations, CoFFA, representing the Forwarders.
During the negotiation, the proposed individual line items and justifications were thoroughly examined by the GSA to ensure that the levels of the charges are commensurate with the service being provided.
In a statement, the GSA noted that the negotiated rates which would last for the next two years are to guide importers and exporters to plan their operations.
It is also to check the cost of doing business in the country and ensure price predictability.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chief Executive of GSA, Benonita Bismarck encouraged Forwarders to abide by the negotiated rates to create a congenial business environment.
Vice President of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, Peter Mensah who signed on behalf of the Freight Forwarders expressed gratitude to the GSA for the openness and fairness at all levels of the negotiation.
He promised that Forwarders would comply with the agreed rates with the good faith that characterized the negotiations.
He said Forwarders would want to offer their customers, the chance to also recognize the professionalism they bring to the table while checking their members. He cautioned the public to be wary of the activities of fake freight Forwarders.
The rate for the services of De-consolidator is yet to be finalized for implementation. The statement however urged the shipping public not to pay more than the approved rates and report any inexplicable charges to the GSA for redress.