The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has served notice that it will reduce the number of freight forwarders in the country in efforts to sanitize the industry.
The Commissioner General of the Authority, Emmanuel Kofi Nti speaking at a press soiree in Accra Thursday, January 31, 2019 explained that there is a lot of impunity in the system, with some freight forwarders usually trying to beat the system in order to avoid paying taxes.
‘’We are focused as an Authority and going forward we want to meet out targets every year and we are not compromising on that. We need discipline in the system and it is because of the discipline that we need in the system that we revoked the licenses of the freight forwarders and as a matter of fact, we are going to cut down on the number of freight forwarders’’
Mr. Kofi Nti explained that the Authority was going to ensure that the criteria for selecting and licensing freight forwarders will be made more rigorous to ensure that only those that are qualified are allowed to operate.
‘’The criteria for their selection and the rest, we are tightening it up. We need a clean system and so once we are tightening on the freight forwarders, we believe there will be decency in the system. There is a lot of impunity in the things that we do as a people. We need to change our ways. And so GRA as it stands now, we are going to enforce the rules that allow for greater compliance with our activities’’ the Commissioner-General added.