The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) began implementing its new tariff regime at the country’s seaports for services rendered to shipping lines from today, Monday, 1 March 2021
The tariff adjustment only targets shipping lines other than importers or exporters directly.
It applies to stevedoring, cranage and terminal handling (empty container) and containerised cargo for port dues.
The tariffs are to increase to 16.81 per cent for 40-footer container and 15.74 per cent for 20-footer container on the average.
According to the GHPA, the tariff adjustment will enable it to generate more revenue.
The revenue will be used to settle secured loans to build the Terminal Three of the Tema Port and other infrastructure.
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) and Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), through the Ministry of Transport (MoT), petitioned the government to suspend the proposed review.
The trading community wanted the review delayed to allow further consultation.