Business News of Friday, 16 March 2018
The leadership of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has expressed disappointment in the Akufo-Addo led government.
According to them, a capitalist oriented government which claimed to have businesses at heart is rather ripping them off.
Greater Accra Chairman of GUTA, David Amoateng who revealed this on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Friday said they are made to pay exorbitant prices, especially at the ports just to clear their goods.
He revealed that, last year, at Christmas, a container of shoes that was valued at 20-25 thousand cedis, today costs 40-45 thousand cedis.
“That is why we are telling government we count from one before going to two; this is too much to bear”, he bemoaned.
Mr. Amoateng noted that, majority of their members have their containers locked at the Tema port due to the outrageous taxes slapped on them.
What has made the issue even murkier, he said, is the 20 percent import tax on mobile handsets and accessories introduced recently.
According to the GUTA Greater Accra Chairman, the implementation of the 20 percent tax on mobile phones and accessories has brought untold hardship on its member and has led to the collapse of many businesses in the country.
Mr. Amoateng cited how a bank at the end of this month will sell the house of an importer due to delay in clearing his goods at the port.
“We concede that the government does not respect us so we will also show them where power lies during elections”, he added.