West Africa Food Markets Programme (WAFM), in collaboration with Borderless Alliance, and Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) organized a Road Governance Caravan event in Ghana as part of the project’s Policy Facility to influence tariffs and para-tariffs policies affecting agricultural trade in road transport. The event attracted more than 350 stakeholders including transport operators, staple food traders, border authorities (Police and Customs) and local government officials along the 800km Tema to Paga road corridor. The caravan in addition, received support from USAID ADVANCE project, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, USAID West Africa Trade and Investments Hub, and the Ghana Shippers Authority. Issues were highlighted by participants as areas of major concern along the Ghanaian Corridors:
- Techiman-Kintampo road continues to be a hotspot for illicit payments and unscrupulous behaviour by uniformed services.
- Transit trucks departing from the Port of Tema has a 7-day mandatory period to exit Ghana through the authorised borders. Failure of which Ghana Customs charges GHS1, 000.00 (One thousand Ghana Cedis) as penalty from the 8th day which has become an issue of protest by transporters and traders.
- Vehicle height should be made very clear to traders, drivers and truck operators at the entry and exit points, in order to avoid unnecessary confrontations with Police and infrastructure damage
- The Ghana Police is mandated to provide escort service for traders due to reported robbery cases on that stretch of the corridor. However, the Techiman and Kintampo police officers were reported of refusing to provide escort for traders and transit cargos despite collecting money for the escort service.
- Techiman women maize traders complained of lack of point of contact or hotline to reach to authorities whenever they are faced with obstacles and problems from Burkinabe customs and security officials.
- Ghana Customs directive prohibiting ‘’ illegal freight forwarders’’ at Paga border from processing documents on goods in transit, has created congestion, delays at the border. The situation has been reported to the Customs for it to be addressed.