The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has broken its silence over the cargo tracking note (CTN) issue, explaining that the system is aimed at exposing what it described as big institutional importers and state agencies that normally use dubious means and fictitious documents to fleece the state of import duties and revenue
The Commissioner of Customers at GRA,
The biggest culprits, he said, were institutional importers and state agencies, which account for about 90
“Some also misquote the currency of their imports to escape paying the right duties,” he said.
Using data from the pilot phase of the CTN that was generated in July, this year,
Data as evidence
Giving a breakdown,
“Out of the 887, 672 records matched with currencies; it means that 215 did not match the currencies.
“What this means is that people may buy in Euro but come and declare it as
He added that of the 672 records that matched with currencies, the volumes of 458 records matched, indicating genuine invoices. That, he said, meant that the Customs Division of GRA could not authenticate the volumes of the remaining 128 records.
“About 19 could not be validated but 86 records were under
He explained that while the
“The target is the big-time importers,” he said.
He, however, declined to name specific institutions found to have outwitted the system but said the division was working on taking the necessary actions against the culprits. —GB