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The government has not raised import tariffs, ignoring conflicting claims-GSA

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has demanded that a news item credited to the Ghana Freight Forwarders Institute be disregarded by the media, alleging that import duties have been raised. The arguments are not valid, according to the Authority.

It clarifies that only Parliament has the right to levy charges that are then constitutionally enforceable.

According to Prof Alex Dodoo, Director-General of the GSA, additional fees and charges to be levied by the GSA for the “provision of goods and services to the public” have been authorised by Parliament.

Owing to many reasons, including the Covid-19 pandemic, adoption of this has been postponed by the GSA. The GSA has therefore informed the general public, including all importers and exporters, of its plan to levy the authorised parliamentary fees with effect from 1 January 2021.

The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority has announced that the 2019 Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Instrument has maintained the fees and charges for certain products and services provided by the GSA unchanged.

He also echoed the need to enable the government to improve the ease of doing business in Ghana.

“We are dedicated to helping companies grow, so we will not do anything to deviate from this objective,” he said, reaffirming the commitment of the GSA on its mandate “to contribute to industry growth, protect consumers and facilitate trade through standards, metrology and conformity assessment.”

“On the plans of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof Dodoo stated: “We are on track to become a world-class standards organization based on consumers and 2021 will be a year of compliance and collaboration. Therefore, he urged the Ghanaians to assist the Authority in rigorously implementing its mandate and imposing the requisite penalties to ensure that Ghanaian products and services are of the highest standards and quality attainable.

As part of our continuing pledge to protect consumers and encourage trade, we will involve stakeholders in the national interest and make our presence known across the country’s length and width, in all 16 regions, and in all industries,” the GSA boss added.”

About Ghana Standard Authority

GSA is the government agency in charge of the country’s growth, publication and promotion of standards.

It was created by the 1973 Standards Decree (NRCD 173) and is also the body for the National Conformity Evaluation. It guarantees this by way of testing, evaluation and certification practices.

Source: citinewsroom

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