The Concerned Freight Forwarders and Traders Association of Ghana has added its voice to calls on shipping lines to suspend the scheduled increase in shipping rates from March 1, 2021.
Last week, some stakeholders in the Tema Port raised concerns about the imminent rise in shipping and handling charges.
In an interview with Citi Business News, the Chairman of the Concerned Freight Forwarders and Traders Association of Ghana, Oheneba Kwasi Afawuah, called for a meeting with stakeholders including, the Shipping Lines and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to discuss a possible postponement of the implementation date for the increase in charges.
“They have given an ultimatum of March 1, 2021, to begin implementing the new rates, and they claim they have approval from the Ghana Shippers Authority along with all other stakeholders. But we do not agree. We want to go back to the drawing board to see if they can extend their time to maybe June, July or September. We need to see how the business environment plays out.”
Mr. Afawuah also warned that the prices of products imported and sold into the Ghanaian market will rise if the meeting does not lead to the agreement on the postponement or reduction of the increase in charges.
“Cost of doing business for importers is going to go up which will ultimately lead to us the final consumers suffering.”
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