He said unauthorized and indiscriminate changes by some shipping service providers, such as shipping agents, cargo clearance procedures, delays in processing cargo documents by shipping lines/agents, among others contributed to the situation.
Mr Martey made the observation at a seminar organized by the GSA in conjunction with the Destination Inspection Companies and the Ghana Journalists Association, in Accra.
Mr Martey said last year, the Authority undertook a campaign to ensure the passage of the Ghana Shippers™ Authority Regulation (LI 2190) 2012 after extensive consultation with shippers and stakeholders.
He said: śThe regulations, apart from improving the platform for consultations between the Authority and shipping service providers, are intended primarily to deal with the new challenges faced by shippers in the form of unauthorized and discriminate charges by shipping service providersť.
Mr Martey said following the passage of the regulations, the GSA undertook a study of some ports in West and Central Africa to acquaint itself with what pertains in ports of other countries,
He said the findings would serve as guide or reference for the Authority™s consultations with shipping service providers.
Mr Martey said the GSA has already commenced preliminary consultations with some shipping service providers and it was confident that a seamless implementation of the regulations would enhance efforts aimed at reducing the cost of doing business at our ports.
He said the dissemination of clear, accurate and timely information to shippers and the general public was fundamental to competitiveness of shippers.
śIt is, therefore, in recognition of the special role of media practitioners in disseminating such information that the idea of the seminar series has been sustained for the past three years,ť Mr Martey said.