Businesses want refund of Terminal Handling charges
Some businesses and Freight forwarders operating at the Tema and Takoradi Port have disclosed to JOYBUSINESS that they will go for a refund of monies paid to shipping lines as new Terminal Handling Charges.
This is because some shipping lines have begun implementation of the new Terminal Handling Charges even after the Minister of Transport, Fiifi Kwetey has called for the suspension of the charges.
Government had earlier ordered shipping lines to withdraw the Terminal Handling Charges introduced at the country’s ports in August this year to allow for further investigations and consultations into the policy.
This follows recent agitations by key business associations against the charges which according to them were being illegally collected by the implementing shipping lines.
The Minister meanwhile advised that Terminal Handling Charges may be introduced as part of the freight payable by the shipper at the origin in accordance with the appropriate INCOTERMS.
However, spokesperson for the key business associations, Adobea Asiamah Aboagye, explaining the Association’s position in an interview with JOYBUSINESS on the Marketplace says the charges were illegal.
According to Madam Aboagye, the charge cannot be justified because paying such a fee here in Ghana will mean a charge duplication since it’s already paid for from the country of origin.
“The THC is alien to the port operations in Ghana; there hasn’t been any fee as Terminal Handling Charge although it exists in other parts of the world” she noted.
She added that any shipping line that is not ready to comply with the directive of the Minister shouldn’t be permitted to do business in Ghana.