The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has complained about the high rate of transport fees. Furthermore, Dr. Joseph revealed that the carrier companies charge an unauthorized fee to their customers. He requested the government to regulate the activities of the shipping lines, to end the exploitation of the importers. To reduce the burden of importers at the port, Dr. Joseph advised the shipping lines to work 24/7.
“What we want the government to look at is the activities of the shipping lines here. After charging us this huge amount for freight and others, when we come locally here, they charge us some illegal fees at the ports and that is not helping us at all,” he stated.
“Especially, the Relief Charges and all that we think that embed in these freight charges are some of these operational costs locally. So, the government should as matter urgently try and bring a matter of control into the shipping lines activities otherwise it is a rip-off. I see something like a cartel by these multinationals to rip us off.”