Chief Executive Officer of Mc Dan Group has expressed opinion about the complaints and lamentations of most importers and businessmen about the high rates of duties and taxes paid at the Ghanaian ports.
According to Mr. McKorley, there is nothing different happening at the ports, rather government is blocking the loopholes and ensuring that importers pay the right duties and taxes at the ports and preventing miscalculations.
In an interview on Adom Tvs Badwam with Omanhene Kwabena Asante, the Overall Best Entrepreneur of the year mentioned that, in his opinion, government is only being over reliant on taxes and is not looking for other avenues to generating more revenue for the country.
“I don’t think there is anything different happening at our ports, government is only trying to bring equity among importers and the amounts we pay at the ports. Government must look for other ways to raising revenue and reduce the rates of imposing taxes on importations”.
Mr. McKorley’s statements seem to be in line with the explanation given by the senior Minister, Mr. Yaaw Osafo-Marfo in September this year, to reject claims by some importers and businessmen about increase in port duties.
Mr. Osafo Marfo explained that, “We have not increased import duties at the ports, as is being claimed by some importers. What we have rather done is halt the misclassification, under-invoicing and over-invoicing of imports and are now effectively calculating duty on imported goods using the right figures to prevent corruption at the ports.”
Mr. McKorley also cautioned businessmen to avoid exposing their businesses to politics and politicians to prevent them from becoming enemies of politicians who are not on the same team with them.
“We need to separate business from politics and Businessmen must distinguish themselves from politics. By so doing, we can have businesses not being affected by a change in political power.”
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