Deputy Finance Minister, Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng has ruled out any possibilities of sabotage in the difficulties surrounding the newly introduced paperless port clearing process as suspected by a section of Ghanaians.
”We visited the port yesterday and after deliberations with the officers in charge, we realized that they have legitimate concerns which ought to be addressed immediately and they expalined the various challenges, and suggested solutions to them,” the Obuasi West Mp revealed.
Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng explained that the officers are in full support of the paperless process and even advised government to as a matter of urgency find a lasting solution to the various challenges that have arisen as a result of the transition to paperless.
”I have heard people accuse some custom officers of sabotage, but it is not true because their cooperation and efforts towards the success of the paperless process is worthy of commendation,” he noted.
He explained that there is no indication of sabotage considering the efforts of the custom officers in advancing the process and that government understands the challenges surrounding the newly introduced paperless port clearing process.
Clearing agents at the Tema Port on Thursday (September 7, 2017) thronged the Longroom of the port over what they say are delays in the clearance of their consignments.
This has given Customs Officers a hard time in controlling the freight forwarders at the Tema Port.
According to the clearing agents, they have been at the port for 4 days but there seemed to be no headway for them to clear their goods.