In a statement copied to Pulse Business, the Importers and Exporters Association emphasized the fact the realize consistently the area government seeks to raise revenue is from taxes on imports.
The Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana say they expect a reduction of import and export tariffs in the 2016 Budget to be read on Friday 13th November 2015, and have no room for an increase.
In a statement copied to Pulse Business, the Importers and Exporters say they have realized that consistently government resort to taxing importers in order to cap revenue generation shortfalls.
They are however making it clear to government, the minister of finance and parliament, not to consider further taxing importers and exporters.
The Association's claim, they say, is strongly rooted on the premise of the losses they have incurred due to harsh economic conditions in 2014 and 2015. A situation, they say has not been helped by the frequent increases in tariffs when they get to the ports.
Below is the full statement made available to Pulse Business
We are aware that the Finance Minister will go before parliament on Friday 13th November, 2015 to present the 2016 Budget and by extension will ask the August house to help government pass and approve certain acts to get taxes collected. We have come to realize that anytime the budget is read the gold area governemnt likes to do mining a lot in terms of taxes is the importers. For that matter, we wish to remind the finance minister to consider this sector out of its budget because as it stands now importers and exporters have made losses.
Some have stopped importing and exporting, because they find that prices of tariffs increase consistently whenever they go to harbours. They keep meeting news fees and charges as a result of budgets being read and acts passed for government and state agencies to impelement.
We are also appealing with government to give us some Christmas package by sticking out Special Levy tax and NHIL taxes for importers for the period.
We also wish to draw His Excellency the President's attention to the fact that we have been monitoring his international trips and have realized that all the time his protocol do not allocate any seats for Traders Associations.
Any civilised country, anytime the president travels they make sure they allocate at least a spot to Traders Associations to join his entourage.
The Importers and Exporters Association see this as a grave concern, and will like to draw the presidency's attention to it.
The Association and its members like the Joint Business Forum, has written letters upon letters to the president just to have audience with the president, just for us to table our concerns to him, has fallen on deaf ears.
We wish to assure all importers and exporters that no matter the difficulties we are having we will continue to advocate till our concerns are heard.
Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana.