The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), in a bid to improve trade facilitation, has trained truck drivers in Takoradi on how to use the recently introduced Truck Loading Advice (TLA) system.
The TLA system aims to bring greater efficiency, safety and cost-effectiveness to cargo loading and delivery operations from the port.
Addressing participants at the forum in Takoradi, the Executive Secretary of the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions (JAPTU), Alhaji Musah Ibrahim, outlined the framework for implementing TLA protocols.
He touched on the modalities surrounding the integration of technology, ensuring compliance from stakeholders and prioritising the safety of cargo and truck drivers throughout operations.
According to him, the transition to TLA comes after the consolidation of previous trucking groups; Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Ghana Haulage Truck Drivers Association (GHTDA) into JAPTU.
He admonished members to provide feedback on gaps that require redress and seek real-time support from the Shipper Complaints and Support Units (SCSU) located across the country.
Other areas covered at the sensitisation seminar were best practices for ensuring cargo integrity, preventing overload violations, reporting mechanical breakdowns and accountability procedures between truck owners and port authorities regarding cargo transfers.
Participants of the forum included members of the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions (JAPTU); Takoradi Chapter, the Customs Brokers Association of Ghana (CUBAG) and other cargo supply chain stakeholders.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD