December 22, 2017; The Ghana Revenue Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance appoints Cargo Tracking Notes Ghana Ltd as the sole representative for the implementation of Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) System to/from Ghana with rest of the world.
Cargo Tracking Notes presents a platform for collection and management of commercial and logistical information relating to the cargo and ship from the port of loading to the port of discharge.
CTN is part of the changes in global cargo security policies following events of 9/11, 2001; which led to the establishment of new protocols for tracking and screening cargo both in the United States and in foreign countries. In many countries, these protocols have been incorporated into international frameworks such as those under the World Customs Organization (WCO), and in country-specific programs such as the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) administered by the United States.
The justification of CTN implementation across Africa, and strictly by Customs Authorities is therefore anchored in several international conventions, programs and projects all of which forms part of:
1) The ISPS code in its Part B of the recommendations
2) The International program of the World Customs Organization (WCO) for the securing of goods, international trade, combating terrorism, organized crime and money laundering
3) EU Advance Cargo Declaration regulations: 648/2005; 1875/2006; 312/2009; and
4) The African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and development (Oct 15, 2016-Lome).