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Cost of Import We will address import challenges – Nana Addo

Most Ghanaian business owners who import products have often bemoaned the high cost of import charges over the years at the ports. But President Nana Akufo-Addo said his government will address the challenges.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has said that his government will address the high charges on imported products at the ports.

He said this will be a strategy to help importers and other businesses contribute to the growth of the economy.

Nana Addo said that the full details to address this challenge will be made available in the first budget presentation which will be laid before Parliament in March 2017 by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta.

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“The complaints, that is being made is the harassing by customs officials of Ghanaian traders with concern about preferential treatment that they meet in terms of the duties imposed on them at the ports. We would like to take it up and let’s see what can be done to bring relief to our community,” he said.

Most Ghanaian business owners who import products have often bemoaned the high cost of import charges over the years at the ports.

Some businesses have relocated to Cote D’Ivoire from the Tema Port due to the high cost of import charges in Ghana.

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During the campaign ahead of election 2016, the NPP promised to reduce taxes and also reduce the financial burden on Ghanaians.

President Akufo-Addo addressing members of the Ghanaian community in Gambia, Banjul last Saturday assured that the finance minister is handling the issue and gave assurance that the charges will be addressed.

He said this will bring more business to Ghana and also ensure they contribute to the economy.

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