Prosper Bani, Chief of Staff
The Special Operations Unit of the office of the Chief of Staff has appealed to importers of perishable goods to clear their goods and cargo within the stipulated time or risk forfeiting them to the state.
‘All non-perishable goods and cargo, duty paid or duty not paid, must be cleared within two weeks commencing on Wednesday April 9, 2014 and ending on Friday April 23, 2014 and failure to clear goods/cargo within this stated window will result in forfeiture of cargo/goods,’ a statement signed by Dr Clement Apaak, Spokesperson of the Unit and copied to the GNA said.
It said the exercise was a further step by the Unit to decongest the Tema Port and appealed to importers to strictly adhere to the directives to avoid the confiscation of their goods and cargo.
The exercise is a collaboration between the Ghana Harbours and Ports Authority, the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ministry of Transport, National Security and the Office of the Chief of Staff.
It said the Unit would not condone breach of the directive, adding ‘we want to clear all the goods there to avoid perennial congestion at the Tema Ports.’
President Mahama, last year, inaugurated the Special Operations Unit of the Office of the Chief of Staff to, among other things, decongest the Port, ensure that importers pay relevant taxes and to check financial malpractices and unnecessary delay at the country’s ports.
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