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One year of port paperless system • Need to consolidate gains

By: Maclean Kwofi
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Isaac Crentsil, Commissioner of Customs,GRA

 Doing business at the country’s seaports in the past was very daunting because of the bureaucracy associated with the handling of documents on imports in particular.

That was also one of the reasons why Ghana’s ranking on the Ease of Doing Business Index, as per a World Bank report, had remained consistently low.

Aside that, doing business at the ports some years ago was saddled with many corrupt practices because in the importer’s quest to break through the bureaucracy, the temptation to pay bribe and cut corners through various means was always high.

It was against this that the government in September 2017, as part of its desire to reduce the turnaround time at the ports, corruption and the bureaucracy at the ports, made a commitment to make all operations there paperless.

Doing business at the country’s seaports in the past was very daunting because of the bureaucracy associated with the handling of documents on imports in particular.</p