The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has begun a sensitisation programme for all freight forwarders across the country, in collaboration with the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF).
GEPA said, the intervention had been necessitated by observations of inaccurate data entry into online export declaration forms, as well as the loss of data due to non-presentation on some manually completed export forms.
The GEPA has since taken the series of sensitisation programmes to border towns Aflao in the Volta Region, Takoradi and Elubo in the Western Region.
Ms Afua Asabea Asare, addressing participants at Elubo, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GEPA in a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy CEO, Mr Albert Kassim Diwura, said some inaccurate data received through the Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet) platform and those presented manually resulted in the capture of wrong data, particularly regarding inaccuracies in values declared.
She also noted that a recent visit to customs exit point revealed that some freight forwarders still had in their possession export forms dating as far back as 2013, which, she said, had been phased out.
Ms Asare said the unannounced application of revised Harmonised Codes (HS Codes) also contributed to data inaccuracy and loss.
She called for advanced notices of revisions in HS Codes to allow stakeholders to update their systems for smooth implementation.
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