The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has postponed the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) to October 15, 2018. Following that, the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has suspended its planned protest against the implementation of the CTN, reports Graphic Online’s Maclean Kwofi. GUTA’s decision followed an assurance given to it by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to resolve all issues related to the system before October 15, 2018. The President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng, disclosed this at an event which was meant to announce the closure of shops in protest against the CTN.
A public notice which was issued by the GRA on Thursday to announce the postponement said: “following consultations between government and key stakeholders, the Commissioner-General wishes to inform the Trading Public, Importers, Freight Forwarders, Shipping Lines and other stakeholders that the effective date for the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Notes has been rescheduled to 15th October 2018.
“The postponement of the implementation date is to allow doe the following:
a. More consultation and sensitization of all stakeholders with the view to build and deepen understanding and consensus;
b. To address all concerns raised by the Trading Community before the new date of the implementation of the CTN.
“The Commissioner-General also announces the following:
a. There will be no fees or charges applicable to importers or shippers in Ghana or elsewhere associated with the implementation of the CTN now or in the future.
b. Any fees charged to any importer so far in association with the implementation of the CTN will be reimbursed by the Ghana Revenue Authority
c. The Ghana Revenue Authority will inform all shippers abroad from today that the “No CTN No Load” policy is rescheduled until October 15th.
“The Commissioner-General takes this opportunity to express his gratitude to all stakeholders for their cooperation,” the notice added.