The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has kicked against attempts by the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to adopt freight charges into their duty calculations.
GUTA, in a statement signed by its President Dr. Joseph Obeng, said the move is “unacceptable”.
According to GUTA, “world commodities prices have gone up astronomically, freight charges have gone up and other factors have also contributed in making prices of goods go up to the extent that the consuming public is beginning to feel the impact and are no longer able to cope with prices.”
In this regard, GUTA said its members are not going to accept that customs adopt the new shipping freight charges into their duty calculations “otherwise it is going to worsen our plight.”
The statement added that there is a public discourse as to how prices of goods can be maintained and “this intention by Customs will not help in this direction and it is our hope that government takes a strong look at this.”