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Customs News

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
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Implementation of the Paperless Transaction System at KIA

As part of efforts to streamline and improve cargo clearance, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) announces for the information of Stakeholders that from THURSDAY, 5th September 2013, the paperless transaction system will be implemented at the KIA.

Highlights of the enhancements are limited to:
1.   Application & Receipt of FCVR (Valuation Reports)
Declarants and Importers are required to apply for FCVR (Valuation Reports) from BIVAC but will receive soft copies of report instead of printed reports.

2.   Conversion of Attached Documents to Electronic
Declarants are required to convert Attached Documents (eg. Invoices) to Electronic format and attached onto the Unique Consignment Reference (UCR).

3.    Submission of Trade Documents to Customs Compliance
Declarants are no longer required to submit declarations and attached documents to Customs Compliance in person.  Compliance Officers will process Declarations after Payment of Duties and Taxes are effected.

For further enquiries, kindly contact the Assistant Commissioner at KIA on 0244060831 OR Assistant Commissioner (Policy & Legislation @ Customs HQ) on 0244015748

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Verification of Tax Status of Motor Vehicles

THE COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF THE GHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY (GRA) WISHES TO INFORM THE PUBLIC, MOTOR CAR OWNERS AND OWNERS OF OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLES OF AN IMPENDING EXERCISE BY THE CUSTOMS DIVISION TO ARREST VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED INTO THE COUNTRY WITHOUT PAYMENT OF THE VEHICLES DUTIES AND TAXES.

THIS HAS BECOME IMPERATIVE FOLLOWING A HIGH INCIDENCE OF SMUGGLING OF VEHICLES PARTICULARLY THROUGH THE ABUSE OF THE TRANSIT AND/OR ECOWAS VEHICLES TEMPORARY IMPORTATION REGIMES.

FROM THE 29TH DAY OF JUNE 2014, GRA – CUSTOMS WILL SEND OFFICERS TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO PHYSICALLY CHECK ON MOTOR VEHICLES TO DETERMINE THEIR TAX STATUS.

VEHICLE OWNERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW EVIDENCE OF DUTY PAYMENT AND ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO CARRY IN THEIR VEHICLES SUCH DOCUMENTATION ON THE VEHICLES.

MOTORISTS ARE ENJOINED TO CO-OPERATE WITH CUSTOMS OFFICERS WHEN CALLED UPON TO SHOW DOCUMENTATION ON THEIR MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY REMINDED OF THE FACILITY AVAILABLE TO THEM AT CUSTOMS TO VALIDATE THE TAX STATUS OF VEHICLES THEY INTEND TO PURCHASE.

THE GRA – CUSTOM DIVISION REGRETS ANY INCONVENIENCE THAT MAY BE CAUSED DURING THE EXERCISE.

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