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Ghanaian Times ghanaiantimes.com.gh 17 Nov, 2021 08:00 am

SP petitioned to investigate La Bianca Company

The petitioner alleged that the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Custom Division, cited section 12 of the Customs Act, 2015 (Act 891) as the basis for the discount of the 10 per cent  markdown he granted the company.Mr Asare contended  that Section 12 of the Customs Act, 2015 (Act 891) deals with the subject matter of “Advance Ruling” and “does not support the grant of 10 per cent mark down given to the company by customs given the nature and content of the application in issue.” He stated  that “Advance Ruling” as provided under by Section 12 of the Custom Act, 2015 (Act 891) is a pre-shipment application to determine how Custom deals with intended import as it relates to classification, valuation or determination of origin.Mr Asare said that per sub section 6 and 7 of section 12 of the Customs Act, 2015, the grant of a 10 per cent markdown must comply with the following;  (a) a complete description of the merchandise including the packing weight,  the chemical analysis, the description of the goods, the production and expiration date, the name and brand of the goods,  the physical description,  function of the goods,  composition of the goods, and  characteristics of components.

A Ghanaian citizen, Frank Asare, has petitioned the Special Prosecutor (SP), Mr Kisi Agyabeng, to investigate La Bianca Company, a registered Ghanaian business that imports frozen foods, for alleged evasion of import duties at the Tema Port for the period 2017-2021.According to the petitioner, if the Office of the SP does not intervene, the La Bianca Company and the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority would continue to perpetuate the alleged illegality leading to more revenue losses to the state and the collapse of the local poultry industry and the businesses of their competitors in the imported frozen food industry.

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