Ghana is wasting no time in gearing up for trade under the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The Customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority has announced that the application processes for exports under the AfCFTA through the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) will begin on January 18.
ICUMS consolidates all the existing customs systems into one modern, robust and more efficient system built on the latest technology with capability to seamlessly interface with other internal and external systems as need arises.
The assistant commissioner of Customs in charge of tariff and trade as well as Free Trade Agreements, including AfCFTA, Fechin Akoto, made this announcement during a discussion on the implementation processes of AfCFTA trading in Ghana. The discussion was aired on Ghana’s Eye on Port maritime radio platform.
He said a portal with necessary information on the AfCFTA, including the various tariff offers of the various states, in particular product lines, would also be published on the ICUMS platform.
The assistant commissioner added that Customs was currently helping exporters with the necessary processes, as well as all key information regarding trading in the AfCFTA.
The country is also establishing a help desk for customs-related processes under the AfCFTA.