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Boosting Trade and Revenue Mobilisation

In June 2020, the Government of Ghana, Customs Division of the GRA, UNIPASS-Ghana and other well-meaning agencies joined up to usher Ghana’s trade to a single window system; the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS).

Functioning fully as an e-Customs system, it was introduced to coordinate cross-border trade activities, cut cost to stakeholders and increase government revenue mobilisation.

The change stemmed from the rising cost in port transactions, delayed clearance of goods and what the government deemed, ‘a huge leakage in revenue mobilisation.’ Another challenge stakeholders faced was the use of multiple online platforms in assessing valuation, classification, risk management and payment; which were jointly managed by the Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet) Ltd and West Blue Consulting at the time.

The innovation was launched to revive the trade sector and came as a direct successor of the former Pre-Arrival Assessment Report System (PAARS) and the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS).

Features of ICUMS

  • As a single-window for processing documents and payments, it allows users to create Unique Consignment Reference (UCR), an exclusive number for easy identification and tracking of all cargo.
  • It provides all needed assistance on one platform without the need to switch between different systems to access varied services.
  • ICUMS also features a stand-by human resource management model that identifies officers assigned to a consignment and records the period in which activities on the consignment were carried out.
  • The System streamlines the tracing of missing cargos and features end-to-end tracking which does not allow operators to tamper with figures.

Relevant ICUMS Links

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