The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Dramani Mahama has communicated his intentions to remove the ban on the importation of salvaged vehicles if the party wins power in the upcoming general elections.
Mr. Mahama believes this will improve the livelihood of persons in the local automobile industry.
“We will review the Customs Amendment Act 2020… to scrap the law banning the importation of salvaged vehicles,” he reiterated.
It would be recalled that Parliament, in March 2020, passed the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2020 an amendment of the Customs Act, 2015 (Act 891).
The amendment banned the importation of accident and salvaged motor vehicles comprising of wrecked, destroyed and those physically damaged by collision, fire, water or other occurrences into the country.
But speaking at the launch of the NDC’s manifesto dubbed; ‘People’s Manifesto: Jobs, Prosperity and more’ at the University of Professional Studies in Accra ahead of the 2020 elections, former President John Mahama indicated that the duties paid on the importation of vehicles at the country’s ports will also be reduced to help augment the cost of doing business by dealers.
“This is to save the local automotive industry so that our people at Suame Magazine, Konkompe to continue to work and earn a decent living,” he explained.
He, however, urged multinational vehicle assembly plants not to sideline the local players as they execute their business in the country.