New agent fees at ports go into effect

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) and Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) have announced new tariffs for freight forwarders, and they will take effect on January 1st, 2023, on Sunday.

The new rates are the result of an agreement between two maritime industry giants, and they serve as a guide for freight forwarders and clearing agents who help importers clear their goods at the Kotoka International Airport, the country’s land ports at the Elubo and Aflao borders, as well as the country’s two seaports at Tema and Takoradi (KIA).

The new rates are said to be in accordance with the GSA’s 2012 (L.1.21900), which ensures that charges correspond with the services provided.

Explaining the issues to freight forwarders, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GSA, Benonita Bismarck, said that the new rates were borne out of extensive stakeholders’ meetings with Freight Forwarders and Clearing Agents.

He implored Freight Forwarders and Clearing Agents not to short-change importers but to adhere to the new rates.

“We have gone through a tough time to get to these rates, which as we agreed, are commensurate with the services you render to importers and exporters. What we hope for is that your members would not charge more than this but feel free to charge less per the relationship you have with your customers,” she remarked.

For his part, the Vice President of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Peter Mensah, cautioned the public to be wary of the activities of fake forwarders.

He cautioned that “We also want to use this to check our members and caution the public to be wary of the activities of fake forwarders.”

Find the new rates for freight forwarders below:


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