Ghana to implement First Port Duty rule soon

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The Government of Ghana says the country will soon implement the First Port Duty rule at “our ports to in order to tackle the smuggling of transit goods” bound for landlocked neighbours like Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

This was announced by the Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia at the 39th Council and Conference of the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) in Accra today.

In his keynote address, the Vice President explained under the First Port Duty rule, “customs officials of the landlocked nations will be stationed at Ghana’s ports and the importer will be directed to the appropriate country’s desk to pay if indeed it is a transit good”.

According to him, “studies have shown that many of such goods are either unloaded and sold inside Ghana or sent through unapproved routes to the said destinations, thereby depriving both Ghana and the eventual destination the necessary revenue”.