The Systems Administrator of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, at the Tema Collection Point, Mrs. Molly Awadzi, has urged importers to assist her outfit expedite action on the clearance of goods at the ports to enable it meet revenue targets.
She advised them to submit genuine documents covering their transactions, to enable Customs assess the requisite taxes, saying it was an offence to submit falsified invoices or to give false description of items, and offenders would be punished.
Mrs Awadzi made the call at a tax education workshop, organised by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority for 200 clearing agents, importers, companies and customs officers, in Tema on Tuesday.
They discussed the Customs Act 2015 (Act 891) and sanctions under Act 891, Customs procedures, common external tariff, Pre Arrival Assessment and Reporting System and the single window concept.
Mrs Awadzi advised importers to verify the location of their containers from their respective Shipping Lines and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, before making their declarations, to facilitate the transaction of business.
The Sector Commander for the Tema Collection, Assistant Commissioner Confidence Nyadzi, said the workshop was part of a programme to educate participants on new customs procedures.
Deputy Commissioner of Customs Legal, Mr. Godwin Attoh, said Act 891 seeks to revise and consolidate the law relating to the imposition of customs duties on imports and exports, provide for related matters to meet the demands of compliance, facilitate international trade and optimise revenue collection.
He said section 9 of the Act 891 obliged the owner, importer or consignee to keep records for a period of six years, and to produce them when required by the Commissioner General.
Mr. Attoh said any infraction against the Act was an offence, which would attract an appropriate sanction.
The President of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, Kwabena Ofosu-Appiah, expressed satisfaction that Customs Division now regarded traders as partners and no longer as smugglers.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema