The President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I- who is also a board member on the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA) board, has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) did not consult his board before the Cargo Tracking Note policy was implemented.
He was speaking to Kwame Tutu following a press conference addressed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
He has therefore challenged the Ghana Revenue Authority to come out to either deny of confirm his position.
The GNCCI is admonishing the GRA pull the breaks on the CTN policy insisting that the move will increase cost of imports.
Full implementation of the CTN started on Monday [October 15, 2018] despite a lawsuit against the GRA by a concerned freight forwarder.
He said, it would be important for authorities to do a broad stakeholder consultation before implementing new policies like the CTN. However, some appointees have become lord over citizens and doing things their own way.
‘’Let me reveal to you that as a board of GPHA and also the committee chair for the finance and administration, nobody consulted us on the CTN. We were not consulted. There is no stakeholder consultation. Call GPHA CEO and find out from them if they consulted or even wrote officially to us on the implementation.’’
He disappointed in the GRA and other state officials but stressed that, the implementation has started and so we should lambast authorities for long but underscored the need for broader consultation on issues before they are implemented.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner General, Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti has said the implementation of the CTN has come to stay.
Speaking at a media conference in Accra, he said: “Our friends from the media, I wish to assure you that CTN has come to stay. I once again appeal to you to help GRA sensitise the trading and general public about benefits the nation stands to gain in our efforts to actualise the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.
He explained: “From Monday, 15th October 2018, importers whose imports – from records – exceed 36 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year will be required to obtain a CTN Number in the country of export.
“This means any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is exempt from CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will also be exempt,” he said.
He said government will monitor closely implementation of the important Customs-management tool, with a view to learning the needed lessons and adjusting the scope and mechanics of the policy to achieve both the valuation and security enhancement objectives of the intervention.
“We thank all stakeholders for their cooperation as Ghana Customs prepares toward the rollout of this national exercise,” he stated.