The Chairman of the Implementation Team of the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS), Emmanuel Ohene has disclosed that government exceeded its ports revenue target from in August and November, 2020.
He attributed the feat to the introduction of the ICUMS at the ports, saying that some GH¢1.2 billion was realized monthly since the introduction of ICUMS.
“Tema collection in this month of November has exceeded its target. In August, ICUMS was also responsible for revenue target being exceeded,” he said.
Speaking on Eye on Port, Emmanuel Ohene who doubles as the Assistant Commissioner of Customs in charge of the Accra Sector Command stated that “this is worth noting considering the negative impact of the coronavirus on the global shipping business.”
According to them, in excess of 7000 tracking devices have been provided by ICUMS for the monitoring of transit cargo, and that the temporary escorts on transit cargoes have stopped.
He also revealed that ICUMS has been able to integrate successfully with the Drivers Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) nationwide, despite the difficulties associated with acquiring historical data.
Mr. Ohene disclosed that the rolling out of the second phase of ICUMS is expected to be done by the first quarter of 2021.
He therefore implored the trading public to be optimistically patient for the integrated customs management system to fix the little challenges that have prevented users from experiencing the full benefits of the ICUMS.
Mr. Ohene assured the public that the integrated customs management system itself has its own checks and balances on supervising officers at the various points of operations, ensuring that no undue delays come up as a result of officers’ bad behaviors.
“There’s a performance management system in the ICUMS which monitors how long one keeps a declaration or not,” he added.