Ghana’s Customs upgrades its automated processing system

Computing

The Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has improved upon its existing technology base by upgrading its automated system for processing declarations and clearance processes as a step towards maximizing its revenue generation.

Mrs. Angelina Bainiah, Assistant Commissioner at the Information Technology Department of the Service who spoke to The Chronicle in an interview explained that the new technology called -The Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS), which is an upgraded version of an earlier technology employed by CEPS to help maximize revenue generation. She added that the new technology has the capacity to integrate cargo manifests electronically from carriers to the system, select cargo to be examined through its risk management module, validate declarations, record customs payments and generate related reports.

She said the new system allows carriers to send their declaration electronically to customs for verification after which the service will electronically be sent for examination. This, she said, would reduce the transaction time and errors which had hitherto characterize the manual handling of these transactions.

The Commission launched The Ghana Customs Management System GCMS in 2003, in collaboration with the Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet), which saw revenue mobilisation of CEPS surge to an appreciable figure from GH¢600 million, in 2002, to GH¢1.93 million.

The new system, CEPS said, provided greater field space for goods description, capturing of the actual arrival, departure and discharge dates of carriers, new warehousing module to facilitate an improved inventory control or warehoused and ex-warehoused goods, as well as free zone consignment, while temporary vehicle importation and head load modules had also been redesigned to make them simpler.

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