The Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Thursday intercepted a large quantity of uncustomed gallons of oil at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The 459 gallons of 25-litres each were hidden in the goods compartments of a Bawku – Kumasi bound bus with registration number GN 2460-12.
Officials of the division stationed at the Techiman Barrier became suspicious when the driver sped off after he had been asked to stop.
After a hot chase, the Customs officials caught up with the bus and when an inspection was conducted, the goods were found hidden in various compartments without any tax documents covering them.
Briefing the media about the incident, a Sector Commander of the Customs Division of GRA, Assistant Commissioner Seidu Yakubu expressed concern about recalcitrant traders who had taken advantage of the West African trade protocols to smuggle goods into the country to deny the state of its needed revenue.
He estimated the Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) of the intercepted gallons of oil at GHȻ39,864 and the tax liability as GHȻ18,119.08.
Mr Yakubu added that management would decide the penalty to be paid by the owner of the goods, explaining that she was expected to pay a maximum of 300 per cent of the tax on the goods.
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Mr Yakubu advised vehicle owners to advise their drivers to refrain from carrying such uncustomed goods since they risk impoundment of their vehicles.
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