Fake 96% imported electrical cables substandard

Some substandard goods.Photo Victor A. Buxton

Some substandard goods.Photo Victor A. Buxton

About 96 per cent of electrical products imported into the country failed a conformity test conducted by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).

The products also failed the labelling procedure as required by Legislative Instrument (LI) 1541.

The Director General of the GSA Prof Alex Doodo who disclosed this at a press Conference yesterday, in Accra, stated that 94 of imported footwear also failed to conform to the country’s standards.

It followed the seizure of over 240 electrical products and assorted footwear that found their way into the country illegally.

The GSA in July this year lived up to its words when it announced its intension to rid the market of substandard electrical cables and other appliances throughout the country.

The operation undertaken by the GSA in collaboration with the security agencies, seeks to arrest and prosecute people who sell poor electrical appliances and other substandard goods that did not conform to the laws of the country.

And within two months the operation has started yielding some results as some 204 electrical products sampled by the GSA laboratories failed the conformity test.

Several confiscated sub- standard electrical products and footwear that failed the sampling were displayed for the media at the press briefing.

Prof Doodo not happy with the situation warned that the country would not be the dumping ground for such goods.

According to him the authority would continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to flush out the illegal products as well as prevent inferior goods from entering the country.

The Director General stated that the market surveillance team would increase its activities to prevent the country from becoming a dumping ground for inferior products.

He said most of these products come through the Eastern corridor and the beaches, and warned that the security agencies are on high alert and anyone caught would be dealt with according to the laws of the land, adding that any product without a label would be confiscated and the owner made to pay their destruction.

Prof Doodo said global trade relies on rules and regulations and the GSA would ensure strict adherence to international law and urged all players in the country to play according to the rules because the country deserves better.

“The country loses billions of dollars annually through substandard and poor quality goods imported into the country illegally and stressed that, nothing would be done to collapse businesses which could  eventually lead to job losses with the potential to derail the country’s economic progress, “he added.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpal





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