The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders is a non-profit organisation that was formed to augment the skills of its members. It came into existence to make sure that there is a consistent delivery of a high level of service to their clients. The Institute ensures that it helps the international trade by providing committed professional freight forwarding agents. Formerly known as the National Association of Custom House Agents (NACHA), the organisation has district offices that are located in major entry points all over the country. These district offices are saddled with the responsibility of providing their members and the public with timely information on local issues of concern in Ghana’s international trade sector.
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders maintains a close relationship with government, parastatals and other institutions that serve as an influence on the industry. For proper administration, there is an executive council that operates through the district committees. This committee ensures that members in their district are in a good state and adhere to the working codes of conduct of the organisation.
Moreover, the Institute ensures that freight forwarding practices are developed to meet up with the globally recognised standard. They conduct researches and studies that can facilitate trade reforms for the benefit of Ghana's economy. Also, continuous training of their members is a major concern to the Institute as well as an upgrade in their methods to stay relevant.
About the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders was formed on the 5th of August 1985 by 16 founding members. The Institute attempts to offer high-quality services that are accessible to their members. As part of their operations, they make sure that their members are well-trained to the level where they are able to understand the requirements of their customers. Then, having understood what those requirements are, the Freight Forwarders are able to meet them with services that exceed what the customers look forward to. The Institute sees to it that the services provided are of the highest quality, and are at a relatively cheap price.
More so, the Institute prides themselves as a member of the training school of the International Civil Aviation Authority and International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (ICAO/FIATA) and Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. They are also authorized to certify trained members.
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At the moment, the Institute offers a total of three (3) courses to its members and non-members. They also run a host of special courses from time to time. The Institute is accredited under the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA). The last Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders graduation which was held in 2017 recorded a total of 187 graduates. While 106 students out of them were awarded diplomas, the remaining 78 were recorded to have bagged the certificates. This was after they had been trained in general freight forwarding principles.
Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders courses
All GIFF courses are designed to help the students of the Institute achieve the best and have the ability to compete at international levels. More so, the Institute operates a curriculum that is aimed at helping their students apply practical skills that they acquire in their training process for their career. The courses offered at GIFF include the following:
GIFF/FIATA Higher Diploma course in Supply Chain Management
The modules covered under the Higher Diploma course include Procurement Management, Strategic Management, Production & Operations Management, and International Transport Management. After successful completion of the programme, the students would get the GIFF Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management certificate. They would also be awarded the FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management. But then, the FIATA certificate would only be possible after the awardees have completed the required form and paid the necessary fee to FIATA.
GIFF/FIATA Diploma course in International Freight Forwarding
The diploma course covers freight forwarding principles that have to do with different methods of carriage, like the rail, road, ocean, and air. Some modules under the course include Introduction to Freight Forwarding, Maritime Transport, Multimodal Transport, and Air Transport. Graduates from this program will also receive the GIFF Diploma in International Freight Forwarding. Apart from that, they will be awarded the FIATA Higher Diploma in International Freight Forwarding. However, the FIATA certificate will be possible only after the awardees have completely filled the required forms and paid the necessary fee to FIATA.
GIFF Certificate course
Modules covered under the Certificate course include Introduction to Freight Forwarding, Introduction to Logistics, Introduction to Transportation, and Introduction to Customs Procedures.
Some other specialised freight forwarding courses that the Institute offers include Project Transportation/Special Forwarding, Harmonised System (HS Code), Oil and Gas Logistics, and Customs Valuations and Classification.
Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders fees
There is a variance in the fee that applicants who wish to apply for GIFF/FIATA Higher Diploma course in Supply Chain Management pay. The details are given below:
- GIFF members will pay GH¢ 2,500;
- Non-GIFF members will pay GH¢ 3,000;
- International trainees will pay GH¢ 3,500 as well.
More so, the fee for those applying for GIFF/FIATA Diploma course in International Freight Forwarding is as follows:
- GIFF members will pay GH¢ 2,500;
- Non-GIFF members will pay GH¢ 3,000;
- International trainees are expected to pay GH¢ 3,500.
But for those who opt for the Certificate course, the details of their fee are given below:
- GIFF members will pay GHC 1,300;
- Non-GIFF members will pay GHC 1,500;
- International students are also expected to pay GHC 1,800.
Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders admission requirements
Based on the information published on the Institute’s official website, GIFF admission requirements are as follows:
GIFF/FIATA Higher Diploma course in Supply Chain Management requirements
Prospective applicants are expected to be licentiate members of the Institute. Any employee of a freight forwarding firm who wants to apply must have a minimum of 2 years employment with, at least, SSSCE. Also, any person who has a degree or diploma from a recognised university or who is an employee of a freight forwarding firm with a university degree or diploma can also apply.
GIFF/FIATA Diploma course in International Freight Forwarding requirements
As with the Higher Diploma course requirements, prospective applicants are expected to be licentiate members of the Institute. Any employee of a Freight Forwarding firm who wants to apply must have a minimum of 2 years employment with, at least, WASSCE. Also, any person who has a degree or diploma from a recognized university or who is an employee of a Freight Forwarding firm with a University degree or diploma is also eligible to apply.
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GIFF Certificate course requirements
Applicants are to possess any School Certificate like BECE or NVTI (or its equivalent). Then, mature applicants are expected to have working experience in Forwarding or related fields.
Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders contact information
The Institute is in a total of five districts which enables it to cover all the logistics activities within the country. The contact information of the Institute is given below:
P.O Box CO 1960 Comm 1 Tema.
Tel: +233 (0) 303216931
Fax: +233 (0) 303216930
Also, to contact any of the districts of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, their telephone numbers are given below:
1. Tema district
Phone: +233 (0) 303 216931, +233 (0) 209899723
2. KIA, Accra district
Phone: +233 (0) 302 763587
3. Takoradi district
Phone: +233 (0) 312020099
4. Elubo district
Phone: +233 (0) 312222137
5. Aflao district
Phone: +233 (0) 276874455
The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders continues to provide and improve on its standards in the areas of consultation and service delivery to its members and customers. Consequently, they are able to produce professional freight forwarding agents that are capable of meeting the daily needs of their clients.