Chief Executive of Global Cargo and Commodities Limited, Jacob Gbati says his outfit is poised to be in competition this year worldwide as it gears up for a massive facelift. Global Cargo he says is currently putting measures in place to venture into other areas of the shipping industry as part of efforts to enhance the country’s shipping industry.
With its current activities of clearing, ship handling, freight forwarding, import and export among others, Mr Gbati believes the move will open up bigger opportunities for Ghana’s shipping industry on the international market.
Global Cargo and Commodities Limited is a logistics company which deals in ship handling, freight forwarding, haulage, import and export and has a container terminal and transport departments among others.
The company was recently adjudged the Best Logistics Company of the Year 2017 by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Chamber Business Awards, making it the third consecutive time it is winning such an award.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Gold’s Doris Frimpomaah Adunyah on Maritime, Trade and Transport news in Tema, Mr Gbati said “we are preparing to give ourselves a bigger facelift.”
“In terms of Revenue collections, I think we have been on top. It is a plus. We are also looking at other areas. This means a lot to us as it will help us compete keenly with our foreign counterparts,” he noted.
Taking a look at the year 2017 in retrospect, Mr. Gbati said even though 2017 recorded down volumes, it was better compared to previous years and gave a 90 percent mark as the number of ships and volumes his company dealt with last year.
Touching on some major challenges which faced shippers last year, the Chief Executive of Global Cargo and Commodities Limited mentioned the introduction of the paperless system at the country’s ports in September last year and said the early stages of the program was met with challenges but was quick to add that the challenges are gradually becoming a thing of the past.
He noted: “paperless is not a total solution to clearance or logistics problems. If there are challenges at the evaluation terminals, whether paperless or not, it still persist. Paperless is good, it enhances operations to some extent but we still need other agencies to up their game before we can have a hussle-free system.”
By: Doris Frimpomaah Adunyah/Radiogold905.com