The Ghana Traders Union Association (GUTA) fears agitations will cloud its members if the government does not grant them a three-week grace period to gather funds to clear all their goods from the various ports in the country.
GUTA’s concerns come after the Ghana Shippers Authority asked the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, (GPHA) and all other players in the shipping industry to waive charges on “demurrage, detention and storage rent charges” on all cargo which have remained uncleared at the ports from March 30, 2020, to April 19, 2020, following a directive from the government.
Executive Welfare Secretary of GUTA, Benjamin Yeboah has told Univers Business that members of the association will not be enthused if concerns are not addressed as soon as possible.
“This is what normally brings agitations among members. Because they have to now go and look for money to pay for whatever they have to pay for and is going to accumulate to higher prices which will not order well for us. But the fear is that what happens to those who don’t get money to pay for their goods? So if gov’t does not grant our request, our members will be really agitated,” he told Univers Business.
GUTA says some legitimate concerns from the ship owners and the Agents Association of Ghana have brought about some challenges.
The union has thus appealed to the government to give its members a grace period of three weeks to garner funds to clear their goods from the various ports in the country.
Story by: Nicholas Brown | universnewsroom.com