29.06.2006 General News

Takoradi Port To Handle Exports Only?

By Times
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The Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport, toured the Western Region at the weekend during which a suggestion was made that the Takoradi port should be made responsible for only exports.

The idea is to make the port export-led and enhance the handling of export cargo at the port. Currently, the Takoradi port handles 68 per cent of all the country's exports and 32 per cent of imports.

Responding to the suggestion, the acting Director of the Takoradi Port, Captain James Owusu Koranteng, said management of the port would support any proposal aimed at making the facility export-led.

He described the idea as “laudable” but said that in considering such a proposal, it was also important to look at accessibility to the hinterland.

Capt. Koranteng said that, in order for the port to be designated as one solely for exports, it would require the revamping of the entire railway network to facilitate the handling of bulk exports, especially from the hinterlands.

Samuel Obodai, chairman of the select committee, said the committee's visit was in line with its mandate of having oversight responsibility for the Tema and Takoradi ports.

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