THE announcement by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawmia to the effect that the government has scrapped 10 per cent tax on the importation of auto parts has been described by some aggrieved automobile part dealers at Abossey Okai in Accra as a “complete lie and deception.”
The auto part dealers disclosed this in an interview with Today on Monday, July 1, 2019, when this paper visited Abossey Okai to ascertain complaints by some auto parts dealers of the rising cost of clearing goods of spare parts at the ports.
Their complaints came to light when they joined the recent press conference organised by members of the Vehicle and Asset Dealers Association of Ghana (VADAG) and Coalition of Economic Associations of Ghana in Accra.
During our visit, scores of auto parts dealers could not hide their frustration and stated categorically that they were living in hell under President Akufo-Addo since their spare parts business was collapsing.
This, they attributed, to the rising cost of clearing goods at the ports.
They maintained that the claims by President Akufo-Addo that his outfit had impressed upon the House of Parliament to pass the Customs Amendment Bill to remove 10 per cent taxes on spare parts was totally not true, describing it as a grand deception to create an impression that he cares for people in the spare parts business in the country.
The Customs Amendment Bill was passed into law on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 to scrap the duties on spare parts exempting duties on vehicle tyres.
The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori Atta, during his presentation of the 2017 national budget statement and economic policy in Parliament announced that the import levy on spare parts would be abolished.
But scores of auto parts dealers in Accra have been vocal about the recent rising cost of clearing spare parts at the ports, saying that their trust in the ruling government in connection with the abolishment of the levy on the spare parts has been waning.
“Can you believe that ever since in 2018 the government of President Akufo-Addo made the public announcement of the abolishment of taxes on spare parts, the cost of clearing our goods at the ports has been the same as it was previously? It is even higher now! Indeed, it is a big disappointment for us that the NPP is in power and we are still paying higher import duties to clear our goods at the ports,” the spare parts dealers told Today.
“We are saying that we “are still paying high cost on the importation of spare parts into the country which is adversely killing and collapsing our businesses despite the announcement by President Akufo-Addo’s government that it has abolished taxes on spare parts importation,” they stressed.
Against this background, they declared their readiness to join the Coalition of Economic Association of Ghana to protest against the government over the rising taxes on the importation of spare parts.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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