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Ghanaian importers threaten to increase price of goods over planned AU tax

Importers have threatened to increase the prices of goods if the government implements the 0.2% import tax to fund the AU.

Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association, Samson Awingobit Asaki, told the Ghana News Agency that the implementation of the tax would increase the cost of operation for importers.

Mr Asaki added that when it happens like that, they would have no other choice than to transfer the cost onto the prices of goods for the consumers.

Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo announced cabinet’s approval of the 0.2 percent import tax some days past in a speech read on his behalf during the closing ceremony a five-day orientation workshop for newly appointed envoys.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the new tax which would be on all imports outside of the AU was aimed at supporting the activities of the AU to ensure that it would not go begging from other countries.

But the Importers who are not happy about the new tax as they described it as a “stab in the back” connotes that government was using other means to replace the taxes it scrapped early this year.

Mr Asaki added that giving importers one per cent tax reliefs and introducing a new tax would only create disaffection for them as consumers might blame them for not reducing prices of goods after the announcement of tax reliefs by the government during the budget reading.

He explained that majority of Ghanaian importers import their goods from outside the AU, therefore, implementing this tax reduction would affect everybody.

He, however, stated that importers were not against the government supporting activities of the AU but the government should look at getting the money from other sectors.

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