Scrap duty on ‘kako’ — dealers

The Ghana-Gambia Kako Dealers Association, dealers in ‘kako’ (salted fish) have appealed to government to scrap the duty on the importation of the product.

The association explained that, the recent upward adjustment of import duty on the product would cripple members’ businesses and drive them into indebtedness.

The group made the appeal when its members embarked on a demonstration at Mankessim in the Mfantseman District of the Central Region against the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquiculture Development for the imposition of the duty on the product.

Clad in red attire and red arm bands, amidst singing, they also said that current developments at the ports were putting a strain on their finances and businesses.

Speaking to the media after the demonstration, the secretary of the association, Alhaji Antobam Joseph said that as a business entity, they continue to honour the Value Added Tax (VAT) obligation on the sale of the product.

He, therefore, appealed to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to allow them to continue with the status quo of discharging their VAT obligation since the imposition of additional duty would harm their businesses.

He explained that, members pay VAT on every ‘kako’ they import from African countries such as Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, but were now being asked to pay import duty, adding, “this would collapse our businesses.”

“The additional tax has the possibility of crippling the ‘kako’ business because it will drive us into indebtedness and that would not augur well for the promotion of mutually beneficial intra-Africa trade,” he said.

Alhaji Joseph therefore appealed to the government to, as a matter of urgency, review the imposition of additional tax on the product to save them from hardship.



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