The Advanced Shipment Information / Cargo Tracking Notes system in Ghana

We, Antaser Afrique BVBA, have been following the events, concerning the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Notes at the seaports of Ghana, and have been receiving several calls from our clients for clarification of issues. Until now, we have restricted ourselves from giving any public notice in the media, concerning the aforesaid issue because of ongoing legal proceedings.

However, it has become necessary for us to make this public notice.

The matter, in which our company was chosen for the execution of the Advanced Shipment

Information (ASHI) or Cargo Tracking Notes system in Ghana, is as follows:

[1] On October 28, 2013, we received a letter of invitation for expression of interest from the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) for the implementation of the ASHI / CTN system at Ghana’s seaports.

[2] We responded in the affirmative to the invitation to implement the ASHI / CTN system, to enhance the security and safety of shipments to and from Ghana.

[3] We later participated in the Competitive Tender, organised by the GSA, with other international and local companies.

[4] Based on our experience with the ASHI / CTN system in more than ten African countries and on the basis of Combined Technical and Financial Evaluation Scores, Antaser Afrique BVBA was selected as the best company to meet the expectations of the GSA.

[5] We then began negotiations with the GSA on contractual terms, reached conclusion, and successfully signed the contract on December 29, 2014 for the implementation of the ASHI / CN system in Ghana.

With the successful conclusion of the contract, our company started hiring IT, technical, operational and financial staff for the execution of mandate given us by the GSA on behalf of the Government of Ghana (GoG).

Considerable investments were also made to contract sub-agents all over the world to adapt the Antares Web-applications to the specific needs of the GSA, to make the necessary business trips, and to arrange meetings with the GSA in Ghana and Belgium.

However, on March 26, 2015 and May 11, 2015, we received, letters of suspension of the ASHI / CN system, as the GoG would have required the establishment of a Single Window Platform.

We are aware of the revenue shortfalls in Ghana due to false declarations, hidden commercial value of imported cargoes, and thus, the difficulty of the collection of correct import duties. Antaser Afrique BVBA is confident and committed to executing its mandate under the contract with GSA not only to solve the problem of revenue shortfalls in Ghana, but also to improve the security of shipments to and from Ghana, as well as transform the seaports of Ghana on a competitive global scale.

It had been, and is, to our dismay, to see the sole appointment of CTN Ghana Limited by the Ghana Revenue Authority to implement the same system under the name, “Cargo Tracking Notes”, notwithstanding our earlier thorough Procurement Procedure and signed contract with the GSA.

We use this opportunity to address some frequently asked questions from our clients worldwide, as well as key stakeholders in Ghana

[1] Is CTN different from ASHI?

No. CTN and ASHI are just synonyms; also known as Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) or Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes (ECTN).

[2] How is validation of shipment information done on a stand-alone system?**

Our ASHI / CTN platform, which is web-based, is not a stand-alone system. It is an internationally integrated system to which we connect Customs, our agents and partners worldwide, and seek to connect Ghana’s seaports. Indeed, shipment information is entered from source once and only once, cannot be changed, and is accessible to all stakeholders of the seaports of Ghana.

[3] How much does it cost the GoG to implement the ASHI or CTN?

The integration of Ghana’s seaports onto the system is free. Service fees are paid by shippers from exporting countries. We caution the GoG against attempts to make any payments from the accounts of GRA to any entity for the implementation of the ASHI / CTN system.

[4] How does ASHI / CTN deal with trans-shipment?

The ASHI system collects data on all shipments destined for and transiting Ghana’s seaports for the perusal of all respective authorities at the ports. Trans-shipments reflect in the system as such to be attended to accordingly.

[5] How will imported used vehicles be valued with the implementation of ASHI / CTN?

Valuation, as well as Risk Management of all cargoes at the seaports remain the function of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

Indeed, calculation of all fees, levies, duties, etc. at the ports will continue according to the already established legislations of Ghana.

The ASHI/CTN system technically supports the Customs and other stakeholders at the ports with timeous real-time) data collection from the port of origin of cargoes. The system does not alter valuation procedures, and so does not determine how cargoes should be valued, including used vehicles in Ghana.

We are committed to cooperation with Ghana and our partners, as well as clients worldwide to deliver transparent processes in order to enhance Manifest Structure at respective ports worldwide, including the seaports of Ghana.

Freddy Van Tichelen

Chief Executive Officer

Antaser Afrique BVBA

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