The management of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has vehemently denied a recent publication alleging that the GRA auctioned off COCOBOD's chemicals and fertilizers due to unpaid import duties. In a statement released to the public, the GRA clarified that the article was misleading and lacked a factual basis.
According to the GRA, the agrochemicals and other items imported by COCOBOD in April and May 2023 overstayed at the State Warehouse and were subsequently listed on the Uncleared Cargo List (UCL), in accordance with the law. However, recognizing the essential nature of these products for cocoa farming operations, the GRA carefully considered COCOBOD's request and restored the items to them without auctioning them off.
The statement emphasized that COCOBOD had indeed paid the required duties on the agrochemicals, and no COCOBOD agro product had been subjected to auction. GRA reiterated its commitment to upholding tax laws while acknowledging the significant contribution of COCOBOD to Ghana's economy.
Furthermore, the GRA urged media organizations to verify information before publication and assured the public of its dedication to revenue mobilization with integrity, fairness, and professionalism.
This clarification from the GRA aims to dispel any misconceptions and reassure the public of the transparent and fair practices upheld by the authority.