Mahama expresses shock at 22 levies and fees on clearing of goods at the ports

Former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to scrap some levies on the clearing of goods at the ports.

This was after he expressed shock at 22 levies and fees on the clearing of goods at the ports.

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) mentioned the Special Import Levy, Ghana Export/Import Bank levy, Ghana Education Trust Fund, Ghana Education Trrsut Fund Network Charge, African Union Import e-Levy Covid Health Recovery levy, as some of the taxes.

He further asked Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to fulfill his promise of scrapping the E-levy and other taxes without delay after insisting that if Dr. Bawumia is serious about his pledge, he would begin the process to fulfil them considering his significant role in the current government.

Dr Bawumia had promised to abolish the controversial E-Levy, so as to transition Ghana into a cashless economy.

“To accomplish this, there will be no taxes on digital payments under my administration. The e-levy will therefore be abolished,” Dr Bawumia announced.

Again, the 2024 flagbearer of the NPP had pledged to eliminate other taxes including the VAT on electricity, the emissions tax, and the betting tax.

But speaking to members of GUTA on Tuesday, April 9, Mr. Mahama warned against placing blind faith in these assurances.

He called on GUTA to hold Dr. Bawumia accountable by pressing on him to eliminate certain nuisance taxes introduced by the current government.

“Tell Bawumia to eliminate the E-Levy and other taxes now, not later,” he said.


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