Implementation Of Kaw Banning Importation Of Accident Cars Into Ghana Suspended
Information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) is that the group has come out to say that the government had decided to suspend the implementation of the law banning the importation of salvaged vehicles and those older than 10 years into Ghana. The already Custom Amendment Act, 2020 which was passed by parliament in March 2020 was supposed to take effect on November 1, 2020. In an interview with the media on Thursday, the Tema Regional Chairman of the GIFF, Alex Asiamah, made it known that the announcement was made known to them by the Customs Commander at the Tema Port. According to him, “Just this evening I received information informing the general public, stakeholders and the importing public that, Customs will continue to do their normal clearance of such vehicles. So, the importers can go on with their business of importing such cars. So that’s the news at the moment. It is coming from the Ministry [of Finance], but through our sector commander, the Assistant Commander of Customs in Tema.” Moving forward, let’s take note of the fact that the Customs Amendment Act 2020 among other things, provides incentives for automobile manufacturers and assemblers registered under the Ghana Automotive Manufacturers program and prohibits the importation of salvaged motor vehicles and cars over 10 years of age into Ghana. It was passed by Parliament in March 2020 and was expected to be rolled out in November 2020. The announcement by the government to implement the said Act effective November 1, 2020, was received with much agitation by industry players including the coalition of car and spare parts dealers association of Ghana as well as freight forwarders who threatened to stage a demonstration to protest the implementation of the Act. Mr. Alex also pointed out the fact that the law made vehicle importers unhappy. According to him, “You could remember that when the news came, importers or dealers in those cars were not happy about it and then it was even twisted in different directions to make it look like something odd. For us as freight forwarders, we will continue to enjoy our business of providing such cars for our customers and when that one happens, it means we are going to continue to enjoy the service so it’s welcoming news.”
Meanwhile, former President John Mahama has made it clear that his next government would scrap the law should he win the 2020 Presidential elections. According to him, he will rather stimulate the local automotive industry at Suame magazine in Kumasi and Abossey Okai in Accra rather than collapse them. He made the promise when the NDC launched its 2020 manifesto on Monday, September 7, 2020.
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