Customs launches new tracking device
By: Richard Attenkah
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in conjunction with the Magnate Technology and Services Limited, has launched a new tracking device dubbed “Magnate ‘A’ Tracking Device”.
The new tracking device will help the revenue collectors to know all the story about a vehicle or a particular goods leaving the office or presence of a Customs officer, precisely; when a vehicle leaves one point, the time it left, the time it arrives at its destination, the route it used and whether it stopped along the road and for how long.
When it becomes operational, the Magnate ‘A’ tracking device will help to block all the holes and leakages in the current system of tracking or monitoring of warehousing, free-zone, export from bonded, ship stores and vehicles in transit and help improve upon government revenue.
Under the current system, Customs officers could only tell the time a vehicle or goods leave one point and what time it arrives at its destination.
Taking stakeholders through a short lecture on the new tracking system, Papa Kofi Mensah of Magnate Technology and Services Limited said the system, as its being operated presently was bedeviled with a number of problems making the job of the Customs officers very difficult.
“We have realized that there were loopholes in the system therefore, there is the need for us to upgrade the system to help improve upon the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring or tracking of goods or vehicles within the country, hence the new device”, Mr. Mensah noted.
Major General Carl Modey, Commissioner of Customs Division of GRA hinted that his out was in the position to closely monitor all the activities of stakeholders in the industry.
“Now CEPS can monitor all vehicles in transit from the Tema port to their final destination and if you divert, then automatically we will follow you with the rapid deployment team, so we expect that you will abide by the rules.” “It is necessary for us to move on to get modern methods of monitoring all that they do. You will recall that the GCNet introduced a more advanced monitoring system here in Tema a few years ago supported by rapid deployment team.
“It is in the same vein that we want to be able to monitor all activities such as warehousing, free-zone, export from bonded, ship stores and vehicles in transit”, the Customs boss intimated.
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