Six twenty-footer containers have been intercepted and detained by the Tema Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority carrying large quantities of under-cleared imported assorted can minerals at the Tema Main Harbour.
The items were un-root to transit to Burkinafasso and other countries in the sub-region.
The importer, unknown, was said to have imported several goods from China but declared only that the items is un-rooted to Burkinafasso. Sheriff Iddrisu has the rest of the story.
Intelligence led to the discovery of the items at Taifa in a warehouse, which under-declared the items.
The seized items have been deposited at State Warehouse, pending payment of the right duty and penalty.
According to Customs, the undeclared goods can be amount to five hundred -70 thousand Ghana cedis revenue loss to the state.
The interception is the third of its kind at the Tema Port after the implementation of the tax stamp system.
Two interceptions were said to have occurred within the two week of the introduction of tax stamp.
Briefing the media at the Tema, Sector Commander in charge of the Tema Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Dr. Godfried Okoh Appiah said the appropriate sanction will be meted out to the agent and the importer who deliberately under-clear their goods and expressed concerned over the manner importers and other players in the maritime sector are under-clearing their goods during examination in the name of transit.
Dr. Appiah noted that most goods that are diverted high rated tax items, which according to him is having effect on the country’s revenue mobilisation.
He warned that Customs will deal with any importer or freight forwarder who may be tempted to cheat the system.