Scrap shipping Lines Local Admin. Charges

Scrap shipping Lines Local Admin. Charges

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Forwarder Johnny Mantey started this petition to Port Community and

HELP SCRAP THE ARBITRARY 'LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE FEES' CHARGED BY SHIPPING LINES

Shipping Lines in Ghana are yet to explain to the Ghanaian Trader/Consumer why they should continue to pay the insensitive “Local administrative charges”.

As expected, they have refused to file and disclose their arbitrary “local charges” for negotiation with the Ghana Shippers Authority ( The Regulator ) per THE GHANA SHIPPERS AUTHORITY REGULATIONS, 2012(LI 2190 ),Regulation 5. The regulation states that;

“Negotiation of charges”

(1) The Authority shall negotiate on behalf of shippers with associations of shipping service providers”.
a) charges of shipowners, shipping lines and agents;
(b) port charges; etc...


On Average the Shipping Lines levy traders $155/every 20’ Cont. as *Local Administrative Charge*.( What is that ? )

Today MPS/T3 is capable of handling 2,000,000 TEUS/YR.
At even 1,500,000 TEUS/YR, ( 1,500, 000 x $155 = *$232,500,000* That’s *$232.5M*/Yr. That's what they’ve termed Local Administrative Charges.

The trader has no other option, than to transfer these “illegitimate fees” on the cost of the product, making goods and services expensive.

Many have been indebted to banks due to this needless charge.

Government’s plan, to reduce the cost of doing business in our ports will remain meaningless and a mere rhetoric if these arbitrary charges are allowed to stand.

The Ghana Govt. recently invested about $1.5B ( minus interest payments ) to build the ultra modern T3.

Govt. has again, through the Ministry of Trade, tirelessly championed the operationalization of AFCTA, with the hope of making our ports, the preferred trading hub in Africa.

This unsanctioned charge imposed on importers will direct all 'trading traffic' to other countries since their rates are more acceptable to traders.

Every Ghanaian, Exporter, Importer and Business person must be concerned about this unwarranted charge due to the implications for the cost of goods and services.

Please sign this petition to halt this illegality

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