Cargo diversion at the ports: security agencies at Tema port collaborate to stem the tide

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The acting Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Michael Luguje has promised to work in close collaboration with the security agencies to make the port as secure as possible.

Michael Luguje made this known when the various security agencies in the Port paid a courtesy call on him.

“Our role is cut to be landlords and operators of the port. We don’t have the capacity to build security intelligence. And as a result, we acknowledge the contribution of various stakeholders of the National Security Council for being the eye and ear of what goes on in and out of our port,” he stated.

He also informed them that the Authority is working with the Burkinabes to know all the genuine importers so that the issue of diversion could be curtailed, adding that an effective collaboration will only see Ghana winning at the end of the day.

According to the National security, container diversion was at its peak, but when the paperless process started it has reduced significantly.

“Unfortunately for us, we had seen reports of some who deliberately declare cargo as transit to the landlocked countries so that customs do not take duty, and once they get out of the port, they find ways to divert it back unto Ghana’s economy for consumption then Ghana loses revenue. That has become a major source of concern for customs and ourselves,” he lamented.

An official from the Bureau of National Investigations thanked the DG for his unifying approach to doing business.

The Joint Port Control team requested for a secured yard to do container investigation to avoid the gazing eyes of the public.

The General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs of GPHA, Esther Gyebi-Donkor suggested that vessels caught bringing contraband goods should be fined heftily to discourage others.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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