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Gateway Services Limited. An Overview of the GSL Concept. WTO Workshop Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in Trade Facilitation Genève, 11 May 2001. What Is GSL?. AGENDA. Introduction to GSL The Partnership Approach The Objectives The Investment The GSL Approach and Process

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Gateway Services Limited

An Overview of the GSL Concept

WTO Workshop

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in Trade Facilitation

Genève, 11 May 2001

GSL Presentation to WTO Workshop


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What Is GSL?

AGENDA

  • Introduction to GSL

  • The Partnership Approach

  • The Objectives

  • The Investment

  • The GSL Approach and Process

    • Computerised Risk Management System (CRMS)

    • X-ray Scanning Technology

    • Capacity Builing

  • Results

  • Concluding Remarks

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What Is GSL?

Gateway Services Limited (GSL) is …

  • A Ghanaian Registered Joint Venture Company

  • Established under of Gateway Trade & Investment Gateway Project (GTIG)

  • Acting through the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MOTI)

  • General objective of establishing within Ghana an environment to facilitate trade and investment

    • Modernise services and infrastructure

    • Focus on « front-line » agencies and institutions to make them trade facilitators

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The Partnership comprises:

  • Cotecna Inspection S.A of Geneva: 70%

  • Customs, Excise and Preventive Services (CEPS):: 10%

  • Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA): 7%

  • Private Ghanaian Investors: 13%

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The Objectives:

  • Established in November 1999 and Effective 1st April 2000

  • Agreement between GSL and the Government of Ghana

    • Acting through the Ministry of Trade & Industry

  • Objective to move away from PSI

  • Implement a new « Destination Inspection Scheme »

  • Trade Facilitation at the core of the GSL Concept

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The Investment:

  • Share Capital of USD 3.8 Million

  • Loan of USD 6 Million

  • Total Investment of USD 10 Million!

GSL represents a long-term committment to the goal of helping to modernise trade management in Ghana.

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The Model:

The GSL concept has generated interest and raised Ghana’s profile with visits from Customs and Finance officials from various countries:

  • United Kingdom

  • South Africa

  • Tanzania

  • Kenya

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The Approach:

  • Computerized Risk Management System (CRMS)

    • Apply selective approach to inspections

    • Use automated statistical tools to assess risk

    • Limit the need for full physical inspection

    • More efficient allocation of resources

  • X-Ray Scanning Technology

    • Mobile X-Ray Scanner - June 2000

    • Fixed X-Ray Scanner - December 2000

  • Training & Transfer of knowledge

    • ACV Training

    • CRMS & Transaction Price Database Training

    • Scanner Training for operators & Image analysts

    • Computer & Technical training

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    The Benefits:

    Computerized Risk Management System (CRMS)

    • Implements “selective” approach to intervention based on Risk

    • Focus on “high Risk” imports

    • Reduces the need for Physical Inspection

    • Facilitates legitimate importers through “fast-track” release

    • Reduces the cost of compliance

  • X-Ray Scanning Technology

    • Provides a non-intrusive means of import verification

    • Reduces need for physical intervention as a matter of course

    • Speeds up the verification and clearance process

    • Contributes to port decongestion

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    The Process:

    • CRMS analyses data to provide a level of Risk for each shipment.

    • A specific level of intervention is prescribed for each shipment based on risk

    • Each shipment is designated to a specific CHANNEL for processing

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    The Process (continued):

    • The level of intervention is based upon risk

    • For example – Low risk goods are subject to release or random inspection

    • LOW AND Medium risk containers subject to x-ray scanning

    • High Risk goods subject to physical inspection/examination

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    The Results:

    Computerized Risk Management System (CRMS)

    • Reduction of physical inspections by almost 50%

    • Objective of reaching 20% physical inspections

    • More efficient allocation of CEPS resources

    • Facilitates legitimate trade by reducing clearance times

    • Provides adequate revenue protection

  • X-Ray Scanning Technology

    • Capacity to scan up to 210 containers per day

    • Almost 12,000 containers scanned to date

    • Physical intervention required in only 15% of cases

    • Discrepancies confirmed in 9-10% of these cases

    • Reduced clearance times and port congestion

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    TABLE AND GRAPH SHOWING MONTHLY AVERAGE TIME BETWEEN FINAL

    DOCUMENTS RECEIVED AND FCVRs ISSUED FROM MAY 2000 TO FEBRUARY 2001

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