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ECOWAS REGIONAL COMMON EXTERNAL TARIFF

CUSTOMS DIVISION – PRESS RELEASE ( ECOWAS REGIONAL COMMON EXTERNAL TARIFF )

Following the passage of the Customs (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act 905), The ECOWAS REGIONAL COMMON EXTERNAL TARIFF comes into effect on 1st February, 2016.

The Harmonized System and Customs Tariff Schedules 2012, Ghana ceases to be effective from 1st February, 2016. It will be replaced by the HARMONIZED SYSTEM:- COMMON EXTERNAL TARIFF AND OTHER SCHEDULES.

The following guidelines are issued to ensure the smooth change over to the use of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff.

  1. All CCVRs issued which remain unutilized as of 31st January, 2016 shall be reissued to reflect the tariff changes with effect from 1st February, 2016.
  2. With effect from 1st February, 2016, all declarations shall be passed using the new applicable tariff rates.
  3. Declarations passed before 1st February, 2016 but which remain uncleared, shall be processed using the old rates.
  4. Goods warehoused before 1st February, 2016 shall be ex-warehoused using the Common External Tariff rates.
  5. Overage penalties shall continue to be charged at existing rates by user-definition.

Processing fees shall continue to be payable to zero-rated and exempt goods.

The details of the ECOWAS REGIONAL COMMON EXTERNAL TARIFF will be uploaded on the GRA website: www.gra.gov.gh

Any problems arising from the application of the above guidelines or clarifications should be sent to the following numbers +233 (0)242 435662 /+233( 0)244 363269.

COMMISSIONER-GENERAL

Kindly note that, Modern World Logistics is fully prepared and trained to use the new tariff very well for its clients because I was part of those selected forwarders in Ghana who were trained by Customs and Ecowas to train other freight forwarders in Ghana .

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