Customs division: Auction process of goods not masked in secrecy

The Customs Technical Services Bureau of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has debunked assertions that the customs auction process is shrouded in secrecy.
This follows calls by the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders and the Customs Brokers Association of Ghana, for transparency and fairness to be maintained within the auction process.
However, reacting to these claims, a supervisor at the vehicle valuation unit at the CSTB, Justice Yadjayime said there is no existing group perpetrating any misdeeds at the ports and denied that the clearance process is not transparent enough, urging all aggrieved players to seek redress from existing channels.
“Why they say there’s no transparency, I can’t tell. Because the standard of port procedures is known to all of us; we all know how they are supposed to operate. So, in the institution, if you’re aggrieved, there are channels to seek redress. So, they all know, they’ve been submitting petitions to commission’s office for redress so, as to why they say there’s no transparency… [I don’t get it],” he said.
But speaking on the Eye on port programme on Sunday (8 May), the chairman of the Tema chapter of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, Johnny Mantey insists the process is still fraught with numerous challenges, as many people who have no business at the ports are found around cargoes that are yet to be cleared.
“What we’re saying is that we want some clarity within the space. In terms of, if I pay my and I have restoration on the cargo, what is the processes that I go through? What is in the law is not what is pertaining today. So, I think that we look at this subject critically and ensure that people who have no business at the port in terms of cargo that has over-stayed, they don’t come near it,” he stated.

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