GSA To Sanction Importers … Who Fail To Meet CAP Standards

Mr. Kofi Nagetey, Deputy Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), has warned that importers and shippers who fail to meet the standards of the Conformity Assessment Programme (CAP) would be sanctioned with effect from October 1, 2014.

He said the sanctions include the importer paying 30 per cent of the cost of goods imported and the cost of shipment or the goods would be destroyed.

Mr. Nagetey gave the warning at the launch of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP) in Sunyani.

It was to educate importers, exporters and manufacturers in the Region to prevent the importation of unsafe, sub-standards and counterfeit goods, aimed at protecting the health and safety of the consumer as well as the environment.

He explained that the G-CAP will support officials to enforce the implementation of obligation legislations, when public health, safety and environment were at stake.

In addition, it is designed to ensure that specific products meet the requirement of the technical regulations and standards set by the importing country, and ensure that goods met international standards requirements, technical regulations and other specifications set by the regulatory authority in the importing country.

Mr. Nagetey said the G-CAP will prevent the domestic market from becoming dumping grounds for non-conforming products, and promote the use of honest trade practices to protect the interest of local producers.

Mr. Nagetey noted that the programme would be successful with the review of reports from interventions such as laboratory testing, physical inspection and factory audits.

He said the verification of conformity will be based on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) recommendations, through the agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures.

He added that the G-CAP will benefit the country and help the private sector to solve quality, compliance and certification problems hampering access to export markets, and overcome the risk of Ghanaian products being rejected on the international market.



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