The Ghana Revenue Authority, GRA, has reassured freight forwarders that technical challenges that have disrupted the Integrated Customs Management, ICUMS, will be addressed by the end of June.
The ICUMS, also known as UNIPASS, was rolled out on June 1, to take over the single home window platform from GCNet and also West Blue Consult at the Ports.
But the challenges of the new system have disrupted clearing activities at the Ports.
Speaking at a press briefing, the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, said even though the system is fraught with challenges, the government has been able to rake in 490 million cedis in 17 days, which is more than half of the amount raised by the previous system in a month.
“Revenue for customs averages around 940 million cedis per month. Our lowest collection has been around 800 million cedis and our highest collection has been around 1.2 billion cedis,” he said.
Mr. Owusu-Amoah explained that per the calculation, UNIPASS has done well if it has been able to mobilize 490 million cedis within 17 days.
He stated for example that per the trend, customs are likely to rake in over 900 million cedis at the Tema Port by the end of the month if the UNIPASS system works efficiently.
However, Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, says the government shed GH ¢100 million in three days due to the controversial UNIPASS/ICUMS change at various ports in Ghana.
According to Isaac Adongo, the loss was sustained as the state did not collect duties and taxes at the ports from Mayt 28th to 30th 2020, adhering to the implementation of the brand-new single-window system; UNIPASS/ICUMS.