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16.09.2020 Business & Finance

Electronic Dealers Decry Price Hikes Due To Border Closure

Electronic Dealers Decry Price Hikes Due To Border Closure
LISTEN SEP 16, 2020

The continuous closure of Ghana's land and sea borders has led to a high rise in prices of laptops and their accompanying accessories.

According to some electronic dealers in Accra, the closure of the country's borders as part of measures to contain COVID-19 has created a shortage in supply.

Mr Douglas Nartey, a dealer in laptop accessories at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle told the Ghana News Agency that the closure of the border had affected the importation of goods, with the few items in stock attracting higher prices because of high demand.

He said products including HP, Dell, and Apple were out of stock, compelling some shops to shut down.

Mr Usman Moro, another dealer at the “Tip Toe” lane said the cost of laptop charger, which used to be between GH¢ 25 and GH¢ 30 was now going for GH¢ 50.

He said laptop covers, selling at GH¢ 50 before the pandemic was now between GH¢ 80 and GH¢ 100.

Mr. Moro said laptop batteries used to be between GH¢ 70 and GH¢ 150 but were now between GH¢ 85 and GH¢ 300.

Another dealer, Nana Kofi Poku said due to the pandemic, the business had been very slow.

Mr. Kelly Njoku, also a dealer, said “I hope government opens the borders soon with the gradual easing of restrictions so we can import products and increase sales.”


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