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Public Notice to All Importers, Freight Forwarding Agents and the General Public

The Commissioner-General of Ghana Revenue Authority wishes to inform all importers, traders, businesses, freight forwarding agents, as well as the general public of new arrangements regarding import processes.

With effect from Tuesday 1st September 2015, all documentation covering imports into the country will be processed exclusively by the Customs Division of the Authority using the PRE-ARRIVAL ASSESSMENT REPORT SYSTEM (PAARS) for the issuance of Customs Classification and Valuation Report (CCVR).

Further processing of documents will be conducted through the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS) and the Ghana Community Network (GCNet) System.

Meanwhile the trading public will continue to submit import documents to the existing Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) up to Monday 31st August, 2015.

From Tuesday 1st September, 2015 all relevant import documents shall be submitted to the Customs Division of GRA through its web portal www.ghanastradinghub.gov.gh or at the Headquarters of the Customs Division of GRA located at the Ministries in Accra.

Regarding documents that are submitted to the DICs but are not processed by close of work on Monday 31st August 2015, traders and importers are expected to follow-up at the various DICs.

For this purpose, the DICs have been authorized to continue operations with a one month transition period ending Friday 2nd October, 2015 BUT ONLY to process outstanding requests for FCVRs submitted before Tuesday 1st September, 2015.

All importers and DICs and other stakeholders are to ensure the smooth application of these arrangements and to report any challenges to the respective Sector Commanders in charge of Ports and Stations for the necessary attention.

 

COMMISSIONER-GENERAL 

GRA- INTEGRITY  FAIRNESS  SERVICE

 

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Use of Web Based System by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) announces for the information of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Trade Operators, Declarants. Agents and the Public at large that the Customs Division of GRA has been set up to issue electronic Customs Special Permits and Certificates for imports by licensed manufacturers and privileged organisations, through the e-MDA Portal of the GCNet/GCMS system.

Applicants. Traders, Importers and Agents are to note that as from 1st June, 2015, all NEW applicants to Customs Division of GRA shall be made through the e-MDA Portal of the GCNet systems.

For further enquires kindly contact: 0302-610861/ 0289-556796, twitter: https://twitter.com/GRA_HQ, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.gra.gov.gh, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Confidentiality of Information Given to Customs Division

The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has noted with regret an audio clip by an un-named individual that purported that information gathered by the Customs Division of the Authority from passengers on board aircrafts is passed on to criminals that eventually raid the houses of affected persons.

We dismiss the allegations made and assure the public and that information gathered on the Customs Declaration Forms are held confidential.  It is worthy to note that officers are professional in conduct and would not in any way divulge such information to persons outside the Authority.

The GRA wishes to assure the public including passengers of utmost and confidentiality in all information gathered at the entry points.  GRA hereby advises the public to dismiss and disregard the allegations made in the said audio clip that is currently circulating on the social media ‘Whatsapp’.

COMMISSIONER-GENERAL

GRA- INTEGRITY FAIRNESS SERVICE

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Customs Divisions Public Notice

As part of the renewed efforts by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to check the ever-increasing use of false or fake documents by importers and exporters in the clearance of goods from the ports, it has been decided that henceforth any breach of the laws and regulations in the clearance of goods shall not be tolerated.

In particular, Customs shall vigorously apply the provisions in the law relating to false declarations, alterations, forgery or any other act aimed at evading the payment of duties and taxes.

Some of the specific acts uncovered in recent times include the use of false or falsified Final Classification and Valuation Report (FCVR), false or forged invoices and bills of lading or airway bills as well as packing lists and suppression and/or substitution of correct and original values with fake and lower values.

All these acts carried out by some importers, exporters, clearing agents, transitors, warehouse keepers, DICs and other port operators lead to loss of revenue to the State.

The general public is reminded that under the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (Management) Act, PNDCL 330 of 1993 as amended, all such acts constitute an offence and are therefore unlawful.

The sanctions prescribed by the law include the following:

  1. Detention of the person.
  2. Forfeiture of the goods involved.
  3. Payment of the full duty assessed.
  4. Pecuniary penalty not exceeding three times the amount involved in addition to forfeiture of the goods.
  5. The “offending person shall be liable on conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both”.

Additionally, all importers and exporters are reminded that under Section 44 of PNDCL 330, duty short-levied is recoverable whether the goods have been cleared or not. Where written request for payment of duty short levied is not complied with within thirty (30) days, Customs “shall ensure that the person does not transact any business with the Service (the Customs) and shall refuse entry of any goods consigned to him or prevent any shipment by him until the amount short-levied is paid; and the person shall in addition incur a penalty of two hundred percent”.

The attention of the trading public is drawn to the definition of “importer” in the Interpretation Section of PNDCL 330, ie Section 341 which reads thus “Importer” ‘includes the owner or the person for the time being possessed of or beneficially in interested in any goods at and from the time of their importation until they are duly delivered out of the charge of the proper officer, and also any person who signs any document relating to any imported goods required by this Law to be signed by an importer’.

By the above definition therefore, agents particularly Customs House Agents are deemed to be importers and they should take notice accordingly in order to avoid any embarrassment or inconvenience in the event of any breach of Customs law.

In view of all the above provisions and information, the public especially importers, exporters and their agents are hereby being strongly advised to desist from all forms of Customs malpractices and to adhere strictly to the relevant provisions of the Customs laws and procedures at all times.

For further information or clarification please contact Client Services Unit of Customs Division on

0302668319
0289530218 or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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