Accra, May 3, GNA – The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet), a Public-Private Partnership, has deployed an upgraded version of its end to end smart clearance system for stakeholders to boost revenue collection for government for national development.
The upgraded (Trade Facilitation Platform – TFP) is also designed to enhance user experience and improve the ease of doing business.
The TFP, an integrated platform for document submission for licensing, Permits, Certificates and Others (LPCO), Declaration Processing and Cargo Management among other functions for the efficient and paperless processing of customs and trade transactions, went live on March 8, 2019.
Bollore Logistics was the first Shipping line to successfully use the new system to process trade documents such as the manifest for onward lodgement into the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS).
Touting the benefits of the TFP, Head of IT Projects at GCNet, Mr. Mustapha Abdul, noted that transactions can be processed and disseminated electronically to the appropriate statutory agencies that may need relevant portions of the documents based on the product line.
He added that the TFP supports the World Trade Organisation (WTO) requirement of single submission of trade documents and also all modules within the Ghana single window application suite.
According to him, users can submit declarations and permits at one go without having to duplicate data.
‘The new TFP applications allows for easy and quicker interfacing with stakeholders within the logistics supply chain (Terminal operators, Shipping Agencies, ground handlers etc) in a seamless manner,’ Mr. Abdul observed.
“Another unique feature with the TFP is that key documents like manifest, declaration and permits fully comply with the World Customs Organisation Government Cross Border Regulatory Specification,” he emphasised.
Applications Support Specialist at GCNet, Mr. Godfred Narkwa also acknowledged how the new TFP has significantly made the exchange of documents among stakeholders across borders easier.
He explained that the platform has the ability to accommodate multiple manifest formats to ease stakeholder integration and system usage including latest WCO accepted format (CUSCAR D11).“It also supports the latest IATA format for submitting air manifest which is currently used by all the major airlines in the world,” Mr. Narkwa remarked.Explaining how the TFP works, Deputy Manager in charge of Training, Mr. Agyaaku Nkansa, said the setting up of the architecture and infrastructure for the e-application involved a number of processes that have been integrated such as configuring multiple modules and migration of data.Mr. Nkansa noted that ‘the deployment of the integrated […]