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‘Controversial’ ICUMS at the ports generates GHC490 million revenue for Ghana in two weeks

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‘Controversial’ ICUMS at the ports generates GHC490 million revenue for Ghana in two weeks

ICUMS at the ports generates GHC490 million revenue for Ghana: The new Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) deployed at the country’s port has generated an amount of GH¢490 million revenue to the state.

This is contrary to claims that the country has lost revenue due to challenges with the new system.

Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Amishaddai Owusu Amoah made the revelation in a press conference in Accra.

The transition from the old single-window port clearance to the ICUMS at the ports faced some challenges due to the inability of stakeholders to transact business on the new system.

Responding to criticism that the system is causing revenue loss at the ports, Amishaddai Owusu revealed that the system had contributed to an increase in Revenue for the first two weeks of full operation.

“On average, a total revenue of 942 million is collected monthly from the country’s entry points. With the deployment of ICUMS, the Customs Division has been able to collect from 1st to 17th June a total of 490 million. Looking at this trend, it is obvious that the Authority will not be losing revenue as being highlighted by some sections of society” Amishaddai Owusu revealed.

On his part, Commissioner of Customs, Col. Kwadjo Damoah Retired, disclosed that rivalry between the old service providers and the quest to improve the port management system has justified the decision for the new system.

“It is important to emphasize that, ICUMS is a fully integrated port community, single window and e-clearance system. All Shipping Lines/ Agents Terminal Operations, Container Freight Stations, Licensed Customs House Agents, Freight Forwarders, bounded Warehouses/ Free Zones Operators and other port community players have been registered on the system. We have enrolled in excess of 6,000 port community users and all processes are fully automated,” he noted.

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

Ridesharing giant Uber has announced the removal of cancellation fees it charges on trips that are cancelled by either drivers or riders.

In the circular sent to all stakeholders, the company explained that after careful study of the market, it has come to realise that removing the trip cancellation charges will ensure that the Uber platform remains the best option for all.

Now going forward if you are 5 minutes late, drivers may choose to cancel the request with no penalty.

The circular reads:

Cancellation fees on Uber have now been removed. This means that no charges will be applied on cancelled trips.

At Uber, we are always monitoring market dynamics and fare structures to ensure our app continues to be the best option for you.

Our data shows that cancellation fees often dissuade you from taking a trip; removing them will have a minimal impact on drivers’ overall earnings while encouraging you to take more trips.
Please note, if you are more than 5 minutes late drivers may choose to cancel trips at no penalty to them.

This new development will definitely be welcomed by the users of the Uber app.

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MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN Ghana says it is reviewing its call and data tariffs upwards beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, to reflect the 1% increase

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MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN Ghana says it is reviewing its call and data tariffs upwards beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, to reflect the 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy.

This is contained in a circular sent to clients dated April 30, 2021.

The government introduced the 1% levy as part of measures to plow back revenue losses as a result of COVID-19 reliefs, and for that matter advised the nation’s telcos to adjust their tariffs upward to reflect the new levy.

The MTN circular, signed by Senior Manager, Customer Relations and Credit Management, Salihu M. Abu read that “Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) wishes to inform you that following the introduction of the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy, which has resulted in a 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy, talk time and data charges have been adjusted to reflect the tax change.

“This takes effect from 1st May 2021,” it added.

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It is not yet clear if all the other telcos have also increased their tariffs from today.

So far apart from MTN, other telcos in the country have not yet said anything about government’s directive, but it is likely they will absorb it on behalf of customers.

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Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market – ABL warns public

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Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market – ABL warns public

Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market: The Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) has cautioned the public to be wary of an unregistered Beta Malt brand that has not been approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) but has found its way onto the market.

ABL is advising consumers to be vigilant at the point of purchase and look out for only Beta Malt produced by the company and approved by the FDA with registration number FDA/DK 10-033.

ABL, in a statement, said it is the sole producer and distributor of the Beta Malt brand of International Breweries PLC, Nigeria, and is not approved for sale in Ghana.

It also noted that the infiltration of the Ghanaian market by another brand of Beta Malt is illegal and distributors of same are liable to be dealt with in accordance with section 110 of the Public Health Act, 2021 (Act 851).

Further, it said Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority has not licensed the importation of any brand of Beta Malt into Ghana.

The public has, therefore, been encouraged to report any suspicions they may have to the offices of the FDA either physically or by calling 0551112224 or 0551112225.

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