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UNDP Workshop for GRA Trainers on Integrity

The Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organised a three-day training of trainer’s workshop in Integrity for some selected members of Customs Division. The Integrity programme was sponsored by the UNDP to promote the image of GRA Customs Division, its stakeholders and the public. Click HERE to Download the full Report on the UNDP Workshop

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GRA Officer Wins Best Coconut Farmer

A customs officer, of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Mr Ansah Kwadwo Agyare, stationed at Kumasi Collection was a proud recipient of Best Coconut Farmer during the 32nd Farmers' Day held at Nobewam on Friday, November 4, 2016.

The 113 acres of coconut plantation at Boamadumase in the Ejisu-juaben Municipal Assembly won the enviable recognition for Mr Kwadwo Agyare who had spent 26 years of his adult life as a customs officer in the signal unit.

The media in Kumasi had a field day, running raving commentary on the feat of the officer, long after the event.

Mr Ansah Kwadwo Agyare (SRO) has indicated that his sight is now focused on winning the'' big thing''- National Best Farmer in the near future and plans to be a big-time farmer on retirement!

 

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President Launches Manual for Import And Export

President John Dramani Mahama, has launched a manual that will assist importers and exporters to electronically document Customs processes on Friday, 30 September, 2016 at the Customs Headquarters in Accra. He launched the manual during the first anniversary celebration of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project that automates and simplifies Customs classification, valuation and risk management functions.

The president commended all stakeholders and partners for the successful implementation of the system, which he said has begun to show good results. He lauded the project’s contribution to a 57 per cent rate increase in the processing of goods, as well as 14.8 per cent increase in Customs revenue in the first year of operation. He described the partnership between West Blue and the Customs Division of the GRA as an outstanding partnership which has worked well in the past one year in spite of the earlier misconceptions about the project in the media.

The Commissioner-General of GRA, Mr. George Blankson described the anniversary of GNSW as an important milestone in Customs modernization, adding that the project remained a key component in enhancing revenue mobilization efforts. He said the decision to adopt that the Single Window has helped Ghana Customs to join world-wide Customs organizations that comply with best practice as required by WCO and WTO protocols.

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Seth Terkper, commended the Ghana Revenue Authority and its partners West Blue Consulting, for their coordination in the successful implementation of the National Single Window System. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed and Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Alhaji Asoma Banda and other dignitaries were impressed with the success and achievements made through the Single Window project.

Awards of merit were presented to the President and Mr. Wallace Akondor, former Commissioner of GRA Customs Division, Fredrick Gavor, Deputy Commissioner Operations of Customs Division and Yaw Boakye  Agyemang, officer- in- charge of the Customs Technical Services Bureau for their instrumentality in setting up the Ghana National Single Window, which has improved Customs procedures tremendously and increased government revenues.

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Guidelines On The Export And Re-Export Of Petroleum Products From Ghana

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has noted with concern the rising incidence of fuel smuggling through the abuse of the export and re-exports regimes.

The following guidelines are issued to stem the abuse and to prevent further loss of revenue.

Traders engaged in the petroleum product export and re-export are required to follow these guidelines for the documentation and removal of their respective consignments.  

An Exporter shall:

1. Obtain an export licence from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) in order to qualify to remove petroleum products for export/re-export from any storage depot in the country.

2. Apply to the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to be registered as a self-declarant for purposes of Customs Documentation.

3. Obtain a removal bond from an insurance company.  The procedure for obtaining a bond shall be as follows:

a. An application shall be made to the Commissioner-General of the GRA for an estimate of the bond sum.

b. An application under 3.a. shall include the following information:

i. The type of products and corresponding quantities intended for export/re-export over a ninety day period.

ii. Country of export destination

c. An applicant shall contact an insurance company to issue the bond and 

d. Submit the bond to the Commissioner-General for authentication and approval

4. Report to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) with a copy of the signed bond and the export licence to commence loading.

5. The Temporary Vehicle Importation (TVI) declaration and payment receipt on all foreign registered vehicles are to be submitted to the TOR Collection of the Customs Division, together with the collection order for approval before loading.

6. Customs will seal the loaded Bulk Road Vehicles (BRV) after loading. Where an external agency has been contracted to seal the loaded trucks, their seal shall be an addition to Customs seal.

7. The exporter shall prepare a declaration with the appropriate Customs Procedure Code on the consignment, and send a copy to the Document Verification Officer (DVO) at the depot for processing.

8. The exporter shall obtain from Customs a hard copy of the details of all the trucks conveying the consignment before final dispatch.  These details shall include the particulars of all the trucks as well as their respective loading capacities and the numbers of all the attached Customs seals.

9. Drivers of the BRVs shall sign an undertaking with Customs before dispatch.  (attached as Annex A)

10. Each BRV carrying part of the consignment shall report to all the 

Customs checkpoints along the route for routine checks to be conducted.

 

ACTION AT CUSTOMS INTERMEDIATE CHECKPOINTS

    11. At the intermediate checkpoints, officers shall ensure that all the seals 

are intact and that the BRVs contain the declared product.  The checking officer shall record his findings on the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS) or, where there is no GCMS workstation, in a Customs register designed for the purpose.

 

ACTION AT THE EXIT POINT

12. At the exit point officers shall apply all export controls and ensure that the BRVs cross the border with the product intact and record their observations as internal remarks on the GCMS and subsequently close the transaction.

These guidelines are for strict enforcement.  Any deviations shall constitute prima facia evidence of an attempt to breach Customs Control and may be penalized under existing legislation.

These guidelines take effect from 1st September, 2016.  Any implementation difficulties should be addressed to the undersigned.

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