The Ghana Standards Authority(GSA) has reviewed its charge for clearing goods at the ports upward by 20 percent.

The rate addition is relied upon to produce results from January 1, 2021.

The upward survey of the expenses and charges is to guarantee that, customers are served better.

Importers of all products will be influenced by this new change.

A letter endorsed by the Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to the President of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders peruses:

“We bring to the attention of your institution that effective January 1, 2020, the Standards Authority will start the implementation of its new fees and charges. Approval for the fees and charges was given by Parliament in August 2019 for implementation in the year 2020. Its implementation was however delayed.

To this end, the registration of importers per product group has increased by 20 percent for the annual payment”, the letter noted.

Shopping Malls and supermarkets operators are to be braced themselves up to register a fee of 20,000 cedis for their yearly product group. Cement products (bagged cement and clinker) will go for 5000 cedis – the list goes on and on.

The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders has also stated that it is likely to raise prices for traders who import these goods.

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