The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has
organised a forum on air cargo facilitation for stakeholders at the Kotoka
International Airport (KIA) Cargo Village on 30th May, 2019.

The forum created a platform for the
stakeholders to discuss issues relating to air cargo safety and security,
insurance, services and facilities at the KIA Cargo Village that facilitate
trade.

In a welcome address, the Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of the GSA, Ms Benonita Bismarck underscored the
importance of air transport to the economic growth of nations.

She added that “air transport
has the
possibility to deliver goods on time, at the least possible cost and with
adequate safety and security if structures to facilitate the trade are put in
place.”

Ms Bismarck said Government has made
great strides in facilitating international trade, particularly air cargo, with
the construction of the Terminal 3 and the introduction of policies such as the
Single Window to ensure the speedy and efficient clearance of goods.

The Airport Security Coordinator, Col.
Ebow Gaisie appealed to freight forwarders to read the National Air Cargo and
Mail Security Programme (NACMSP) manual to be informed about procedures and measures for safeguarding
the transportation of cargo and mail by air against acts of unlawful
interference.

He also
encouraged stakeholders operating businesses at the KIA to be honest and
transparent in their dealings in the spirit of facilitating trade effectively.

Resource persons from the Ghana Airport
Company Limited, GLICO, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Ghana Revenue
Authority-Customs Division took turns to sensitise  stakeholders on services , facilities at the
cargo village , types of cargo insurance policies, cargo safety and security as
well as the services of Customs respectively.

The event brought together over 100
participants including operators of cargo handling services, representatives
from the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Sea-Freight Pineapple
Exporters of Ghana (SPEG), Food and Beverage Association of Ghana (FABAG),
Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) among others.