Government has ordered the indefinite suspension of the proposed fumigation levy for shippers.
The policy, was aimed at fumigating all imported cargo upon arrival at the ports.
[contextly_sidebar id=”Z8Zjxhu9kpgTivYMVCYWlZmMFMRWJfMb”]However, a statement signed by the Information Minister, Mustapha Hameed and copied to Citi Business News said, “After extensive consultation between the government and various stakeholders, the Economic Management Team has instructed that the proposed fumigation levy for shippers be indefinitely suspended.”
The Importers and Exporters Association, freight forwarders as well as the shippers association, have complained about the high cost of production the exercise would have brought on their businesses.
They argued among others that cargoes are already fumigated at the port of origin.
As a result, an additional fumigation upon arrival would increase cost and duplicate activities leading to possible delay in clearing goods.
In the meantime, the suspension is to bring all these concerns to rest.
Govt suspends import VAT on phones, day-old chicks, others
Government has also suspended the charging of import VAT on some 64 commodity groups effective Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
The decision was arrived at after extensive consultation between the government and various stakeholders.
Citi Business News understands that the charges had been implemented since the 1st of March this year.
The traders of such commodities comprising mobile phones, day old chicks, outboard motors and electrical transformers, have resisted the taxes citing the high cost of operation.
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana