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04.04.2019 Politics

50%, 30% Cut In Import Duties Another Political Gimmick—Ato Forson Doubts

Ato Forson is Minority spokesperson on finance
LISTEN APR 4, 2019
Ato Forson is Minority spokesperson on finance

NDC's Ato Forson who described the latest import duty reduction as a political gimmick dares anyone to go and verify whether the April 4 reduction has reflected in their bill.

He was referring to a jubilation of spare parts dealers mainly in Abossey Okai after government announced in March 2017, it had abolished duties on spare parts.

But the dealers have been grumbling that the announced abolition has had no impact on the cost of clearing their goods.

A disappointed shop owner would tell Joy News some nine months after that “can you believe that when we went to clear our goods things were the same…it was even higher.”

Another said he used to pay ¢ 2,500 but now paid ¢ 5,000. The spare parts dealers complained of a raw deal and threatened not to spare the Akufo-Addo government in 2020 when the country goes to the polls.

Government has admitted a new measure for the valuation and calculating duties introduced by the Ghana Revenue Authority is responsible for the situation.

Looking back at the Spare parts saga and the love of the dealers turned cold, the Minority Spokesperson indicated he foresees a replay with the latest announced reductions.

With the reductions expected to take effect in the next 24 hours, Ato Forson volunteered, he will go to the ports and interview importers.

“So tomorrow go and clear your car. I expect a 30% reduction. If you fail to get 30% reduction then again he has lied.”


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