International customs lawyer Jan Forest, a Trade Hub consultant, trained 11 officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division who review export shipments, including under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The February 7 training in the capital Accra covered documents required for entry, invoice requirements, entry summary, recordkeeping, classifications, valuation, origin rules-marking, and admissibility.
“I have observed from my experience in dealing with exporters—particularly small and medium enterprises—that main challenges are record-keeping, packaging, labelling and country of origin marking,” said Officer Gideon Gley. With this training, he added, “We can help check and even correct anomalies on export documents to prevent situations of withholding and possible return of exports.”
In 2016, the Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist, Mohamed Abou iiana, intensively reviewed export documentation of three companies –KAD manufacturing, Pinora and Bedrock Ventures – enabling them to successfully export under AGOA.
Since May 2016, the Trade Hub has partnered with chambers of commerce and export promotion agencies across the region to host outreach events that help exporters navigate the paperwork needed to export duty-free under AGOA.