Give us 14 days to clear our cargo without the new 50% benchmarks – IEAG
Members of the Ghana Importers and Exporters Association (IEAG) have expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of business in some ports of entry in accordance with the government’s implementation of the 50% inverted benchmarks in all ports as of today, January 4, 2022.
According to the IEAG, he observed that importers and clearing agencies whose Bill of Entry (BOE) was seized and duly accepted by the ICUMS during the last working days of 2021, were denied access. to clear their cargoes from ports.
According to the IEAG, these importers and clearing agents are “unfortunately” invited to re-enter their various BOEs so that new values are invoiced on their cargoes.
The IEAG also observed that the ICUMS platform has been closed to all importers and clearing agents whose process has already been completed in the last year of 2021 and awaiting clearance of their cargoes from the ports.
The IEAG said in a statement that the position taken by the government and by extension the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on this issue would be detrimental to businesses if not reversed immediately.
Below are the details of the press release:
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF GHANA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/01/2022
ALL MEDIA HOUSES
In line with the government’s implementation of the 50% reverse benchmarks at all ports of entry today January 4, 2022 and having observed the process so far, the Secretariat of the Association of Importers and Exporters from Ghana IEAG would like to register its categorical dissatisfaction and utter shock. about the process so far.
The IEAG secretariat made the following surprising observations at the various entry points on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
1. That importers and clearing agencies whose BOE letter of entry was seized and duly accepted by ICUMS during the last working days of 2021, have been denied access to clear their cargoes from the ports. These importers and clearing agents are unfortunately requested to re-enter their various BOEs so that new values are invoiced on their cargoes.
2. That the ICUMS platform has been closed to all importers and clearing agents whose process has already been completed during the last year of 2021 and waiting to clear their cargoes from the ports.
OUR POSITION ON THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT
The IEAG would like to categorically state that the position taken by the government and by extension the Ghana Revenue Authority GRA on this issue would be detrimental to the business community if not immediately reversed. This would lead to many companies losing their cargoes as importers would have to pay more outside of their budgets even at this crucial time of the start of a new year.
In the very likely event that these importers are unable to raise additional funds to clear their goods on time, UCL duty-unpaid cargo list issues will arise and huge demurrage losses will set in.
Therefore, the IEAG calls on the government and indeed the GRA to withdraw this directive with immediate effect.
The IEAG requires that these importers have at least 14 working days to clear their cargoes already cleared from the port without the new 50% benchmarks.
In addition, the IEAG would like to state that it will not hesitate to initiate steps with its allies in the business world to express its dissatisfaction with this directive if the government does not heed our demands in the 24 hours after the publication of this press release.
Issued and signed by:
Executive Secretary, IEAG
Samson Asaki Awingobit
January 4, 2022.