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Factoring new freight charges into duty calculation by GRA unbearable-GUTA

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The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has kicked against attempts by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to adopt freight charges into their duty calculations.

GUTA, in a statement signed by its President Dr Joseph Obeng sighted by Ghanatodayonline.com, said the move is “unacceptable”.

According to GUTA, “world commodities prices have gone up astronomically, freight charges have gone up and other factors have also contributed in making prices of goods go up to the extent that the consuming public are beginning to feel the impact and are no longer able to cope with prices.”In this regard, GUTA said its members are not going to accept that customs adopt the new shipping freight charges into their duty calculations “otherwise it is going to worsen our plight.”

The statement added that there is a public discourse as to how prices of goods can be maintained and “this intention by Customs will not help in this direction and it is our hope that government takes a strong look at this.”

Read the full statement below:

FACTORING THE NEW FREIGHT CHARGES INTO DUTY CALCULATION BY GRA WILL BE UNBEARABLE FOR THE TRADING COMMUNITY

It has come to the notice of The Ghana Union of Traders Association that Customs is going to adopt the ever increasing freight charges into their duty calculations.

This is unacceptable and we want government to note that world commodities prices have gone up astronomically, freight charges have gone up and other factors have also contributed in making prices of goods go up to the extent that the  consuming public are beginning to feel the impact and are no longer able to cope with prices.

In this regard we are not going to accept that Customs adopt the new shipping freight charges into their duty calculations.

Otherwise it is going to worsen our plight. There is this public discourse as to how prices of goods can be maintained. This intention by Customs will not help in this direction and it is our hope that governments take a strong look at this.

Dr Joseph Obeng 

President of Guta

024 297 1338

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com\Louis Gyamerah

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