The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has put in place an operational task force to check smuggling of unCustomed vehicles and goods in the country.
The Command will employ hand devices installed with a GCMS vehicle database that supports such operations to ensure that all vehicles are properly entered with right duties.
Mr. Francis Tanlango of the Customs Division, Takoradi Command, said establishment of the operational task force forms part of strategies deployed to achieve the revenue target of GH₵895,470,000 projected in 2019.
The Command will also improve on controls of the bonded warehouses and free zone companies to ensure compliance.
He therefore warned the public against the use of unCustomed vehicles that are smuggled into the country from neighbouring West African countries.
He hinted that the taskforce will randomly stop vehicles on some selected roads to verify their genuine entry or otherwise, and check whether import duties were paid.
He said the Authority has deployed a strategic means of authenticating the genuineness of vehicles’ chassis number.
Under the ECOWAS Protocol, to which Ghana is a signatory, member-countries are permitted to temporarily cross over to other member-countries with their vehicles for temporary use over a period of two weeks to 90 days.
Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals are abusing the privilege for selfish gains to the detriment of Ghana in terms of duties and revenue generation.
“We shall deploy human escorts on some selected commodities meant for transit to neighbouring Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast among others, to reduce the risk of cargo-diversion.”