The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has confiscated about 100 vehicles across the country for non-payment of customs duties, with the promise to do more.
GRA Commissioner-General, Emmanuel Kofi Nti said the presence of the vehicles in the country is illegal because the necessary permits were not secured.
At a news conference in Accra Thursday, the GRA boss said the owners of the vehicles have violated Section (55) sub-section (1) of the Customs Act (Act 891).
He noted the law mandates persons who import vehicles into the country to pay import duties on them, a failure of which amounts to a breach.
GRA Commissioner-General, Emmanuel Kofi Nti
Mr Nti said the Authority will vigorously intensify its surveillance exercise to seize all vehicles whose owners have evaded tax payment.
Statistics show that the number of vehicles on Ghana’s roads have shot up from one million in 2001 to more than 1.5 million in 2015.
But the GRA believes most of these vehicles do not have the appropriate documentations because they were smuggled into the country through unapproved routes.
GRA Director of Communications, Kwesi Ansah told Evans Mensah on Top Story many Ghanaians and foreigners have taken advantage of the 90-day ECOWAS Protocol to evade tax payment.
He said these people bring in their vehicles and instead of paying customs duties after the 90 days, they try to shortchange the system.
Mr Ansah was emphatic: “All that GRA is asking you to do is that after the 90 days if you want the car to remain in Ghana you will go and pay.”
A car dealer, George Opoku Boateng confirmed Mr Ansah's claims, saying some of his colleagues deliberately bring in vehicles from Nigeria, Togo, and Benin to take advantage of the system.
He explained instead of sending the vehicles back to the respective countries at the end of the three-month ECOWAS Protocol, they end up using Ghanaian plate illegally.
Mr Boateng believes GRA's action will sanitise the system and rid Ghana's roads of vehicles that do not have the necessary permits.
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