Gov’t has not increased import duties – GSA boss tells Ghanaians

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The Ghana Standards Authority has advised the general public, especially its stakeholders to debunk claims that the government has increased import duties.

According to the Ghana Standard Authority, it’s only the legislation that has the power to impose charges which then becomes enforceable by the law enforcement agencies.

This was revealed in a statement by the Ghana Standards Authority.

The statement said;

“It is only when Parliament has approved fees and charges that Ministries, Agencies and Departments of Government are charged to collect these levies on behalf of Government,

According to the Director-General of the GSA Professor Alex Dodoo, Parliament approved new fees and charges that the GSA has to collect for the “delivery of goods and services to the public”.

Professor Dodoo added that there was a delay in the implementation due to certain factors including Covid-19.

The GSA has thus notified the general public including all importers and exporters of its intention to level the Parliamentary approved fees effective 1st January 2020.

The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority also noted that the fees and charges for several goods and services offered by the GSA have been kept unchanged by the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Instrument 2019.

Professor Dodoo said;

“We are committed to assisting businesses grow, so we will not do anything to deviate from this goal”, he said and reaffirmed the GSA’s focus on their mission “to contribute towards the growth of industry, protect consumers and facilitate trade through standards, metrology and conformity assessment”.

Professor Dodoo said;

“We are on track to become a customer-focused world-class standards organisation and 2021 will be a year of enforcement and engagement”.

He, therefore, urged all Ghanaians to support the Authority as it enforces its mandate and applies the necessary sanctions to ensure that goods and services in Ghana are of the best attainable standards and quality.

The GSA boss hinted;

“as part of our continued commitment of protecting customers and promoting trade, we will engage stakeholders in the national interest and make our presence felt across the length and breadth of the country, in all 16 Regions, and in all sectors.

 

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