The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti has indicated that the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) policy will start today, Monday October 15, 2018, in spite of the court action against suit its implementation.
A freight forwarder, John Kwame Adu Jack has sued the GRA and CTN Ghana Limited over the policy and wants the court to declare the planned implementation of the CTN as illegal.
However, pending the determination of that suit by the courts the GRA has in a public notice signed by Mr Nti said the CTN policy will come into effect on Monday.
He also wants the court to place an injunction on the implementation of the policy which the GRA says is to provide greater scrutiny of major imports for both valuation and security management purposes.
Per the policy, importers whose imports, from records exceed thirty-six (36) Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year will be required to obtain a CTN Number in the country of export.
"This means, any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is exempt from CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will be exempt," the notice said.
"Those exemptions are to ensure that our small and medium scale importers, mostly petty traders, our market women and men, small distributors, and other small to medium businesses are free from the requirements of this intervention".
The GRA also expressed gratitude to all "stakeholders for their cooperation as Ghana Customs prepares towards the rollout of this national excercise.