GUTA to shut shops in protest against CTN introduction

By Kweku Antwi Jnr
Dr. Joseph Kwaku Obeng, President of GUTA
Dr. Joseph Kwaku Obeng, President of GUTA

Information available to PrimeNewsGhana indicates that, members of Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) are planning to embark on strike by closing their shops over the introduction of a new system of clearing goods.

PrimeNewsGhana has gathered that currently, GUTA Executives, led by its President, Dr. Joseph Kwaku Obeng, are consulting their members over the intended strike.

The decision to embark on strike, PrimeNewsGhana understands, is as a result of the government’s decision to introduce Cargo Tracking Note (CTN).

In a release issued and jointly signed by GUTA President, Dr Joseph Obeng, the Executive Secretary, Importers & Exporters Association of Ghana, Samson A. Asaki, and the Executive secretary, Food & Beverages Association, Samuel Ato Aggrey, on Friday indicated that the implementation of CTN policy will start in few days but it has not received any response to its grievances from the government.

The CTN requires importers to provide real-time information on all consignments to Ghana to a global monitoring platform.

The cost, which ranges from $100 to $200, is being borne by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

Already, the Ship Owners and Agents Association have raised concerns about the CTN.

PrimeNewsGhana’s source said the CTN, when implemented, will collapse their businesses, hence, the decision to embark on strike by closing all their shops.

The source said, the closure of the shops should have been today [Wednesday, August 29, 2018], but the consultations could not complete that is why shops belonging to GUTA members are still open.

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