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CEPS introduces new vehicle clearing system


Thieves or workers?
Author: Ismaila
Date: 11-25 08:06 

l would wish if CEPS could kindly gives us their creteria for charging duties on all goods ranging from perishable to nonperishable goods.l posted 2 cheap wireless (space to space)phones to Ghana through EMS to my brother to check their reception .l was surprised when my brother called to tell me they'had charged $160 for the 2 phones l bought for $50 dollars each.Incredible! When my brother threatened them that he was going to report to the FM stations for enquiry after several attempts had proved futile , one officer then ask him to pay $100 for he would know how to get him the phones.l then realised how they wanted to steal me.My brother then managed to get one of the officers cellphone number to me just as l asked him to do and when l called to ask for the creteria for charging duties on the phones he simply told me l was wasting his time n banged the phone.OH!Ghana! l was so angry that l did not know what to do than to asked for the immediate return of the phones.Why should l toil day n night get my little money ,then those stupid thieves in Ghana will sit there to cheat me?Does the government know about this or not?nothing happens to them even if caught. so they continue to steal .Are they paid to work or not?Then after graduation from school when we run away u sit there talking nonsense!May God punish u!
RE: CEPS introduces new vehicle clearing system
Author: fontomfrom
Date: 11-25 07:44 

This is an attempt to make it harder for hard working ghanaians abroad to bring home their cars. Not everybody is able to keep records of their vehicles from title to purchsing receipts. This action will only enhance bribery in vehicle clearing. Note that a person who has been able to steal a car won't find it difficult to get you a fake title OR purchasing receipt. If ceps has the capabitlity of verifying the authenticity of such documents then it will be great, else it is a sham. Stop frustrating hardworking ghanaians and investors from clearing their goods at the port!!!.
IMPORT DUTY
Author: Truth
Date: 11-25 07:10 

Do not mind paying tax, but Why should I buy a car in the usa for $4,400and pay 7,000 on the duty in Ghana? Pllease do something about this,like Togo and others, then we will bring more cars, and people will not go through any corruption. It is rediculous.
Re: CEPS introduces new vehicle clearing system
Author: Naa
Date: 11-25 06:01 

It is all well and good CEPS is trying to get its house in order, but the Head of CEPS fell short of telling the Ghanaian diaspora what it wants to know - that is the exorbitant duties levied on used cars which are based on the discretion of pot-bellied and bleached CEP officials and not any internationally recognised system of calculating prices of used cars, when we all know that even the value of new cars start depreciating the minute you drive them out of the showroom. I refer to the ff: link on a class action suit on this issue some time back. We need answers and we need them like yesterday.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=83119
Duties on what you can't!
Author: Sista, Korea
Date: 11-25 03:58 

Please Prez Ku4, the magic numbers that your people use to make VW Passats worthless after 4 years of a ministers use, should be applied in valuing imported cars.
You can apply all the limits on goods such can be produced locally but not on machinery, that your scientists and industrialists have not dared yet.
Imagine, no taxis, tro-tros & other GPRTU vehicles.
What is the evil about cars that one needs to give the government a fathom before his car enters Ghana.
CEPS, clean your house first.
Author: George ( SAMURAI ) JAPAN
Date: 11-25 03:14 

Mr. Commissioner, this is a well intended move to enhance the image of Mother Ghana, but please clean your house very well to make the new system work. When will your outfit put in place a system that will make it easy for Ghanaians returning home from overseas to clear their own goods at the Port without the help of clearing agents. Please clean the Tema Port. Some of the Custom officers are giving your outfit a very bad image. Thank you.
Comment to Article
Author: Allan
Date: 11-25 02:49 

I?m married to Ghanian and we want to send a car to Ghana but we never understand this system.
Maybe somebody can explain to us.
I?m a German.
My Email Adresse is:
afrikabambata@gmx.de

Thanks for your help
CEPS needs to be reformed
Author: BARIMA TWUM
Date: 11-24 18:47 

That stupid commissioner should really weed out corruption that has engulfed the CEPS. The frustration one goes through just doing any business with CEPS is monumentally agonising. I have been shipping stuff to Ghana and any time my folks go to clear them, several of the times are stolen.

I shipped a car whose value according to kkb.com, edmunds.com, nada.com is about $2700. This car is a 96 volvo and I paid less than the accepted value stated here. The duty CHARGED BY CEPS is and should be just a percent of the VALUE OF THIS CAR but guess what CEPS CHARGED AS DUTY FOR THIS CAR, 45 Million cedis which is equivalent to about 4600 US Dollars. IF THIS IS NOT ROBBERY what is one?

The personal effects that I put in the Truck of this small car, CEPS charged duty and what's so absurd, they contend that I did list those items(personal effects) and for that reason I SHOULD PAY PENALTY.

In fact, my anger and frustration with CEPS and whoever is in charge is at the tipping point and If ever set foot to Ghana the boss may pay dearly for this.....
RE: CEPS introduces new vehicle clearing system
Author: Lalmini
Date: 11-24 17:07 

Smart system to gain cerdibility of our status within the international comunity.
CEPS NONSENSE
Author: CLEARING AGENT
Date: 11-24 17:01 

HOW COME A VEHICLE WHICH COSTS $1000 ATTRACTS A DUTY OF 30 MILLION CEDIS WHEN IT ARRIVES IN GHANA?
THE WHITEMAN IS NOT AS STUPID AS OUR CEPS COMMISSIONERS TO GIVE THE CAR A VALUE THAT IS SO UNREALISTIC. THE CAR MAY HAVE COST $30,000 NEW, BUT ITS CURRENT VALUE AFTER SAY 8 YEARS,DEPRECIATION CONSIDERED, IS EVEN LESS THAN $1000 IF YOU TAKE OUT THE DEALERS PROFIT MARGIN & VAT. MOST OF THE CARS NEED REPAIRS WHICH ARE VERY COSTLY IN EUROPE & NORTH AMERICA.BRINGING THEM TO GHANA PROVIDES TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER,JOBS,MEANS OF TRANSPORT,ETC.

OUR SUPER INTELLIGENT MINISTERS HAVE NO IDEAS ON INCOME GENERATION. USING CEPS TO DUPE RETURNING GHANAIANS IS THE ONLY WAY FOR THEM TO RAISE CASH.

IT IS SO ANNOYING TO PAY 60,80 AND 100 MILLION FOR AN OLD CAR BECAUSE OF THIS AND THAT.MEANWHILE, YOUR GOVT APPOINTEES AND WHATNOTS CLEAR THEIR CARS, THEIR WIVES, GIRLFRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS VEHICLES FREE BONTO.NKWASEASEM AAA KWAAKWA.

DON'T OUR SUPER INTELLIGENT ENGINEERS KNOW THAT A 3.0 LITER CAR WILL OUTLAST A 1.3 LITER DAIWOO OR HYUNDAI? DON'T TELL ME ABOUT FUEL BECAUSE IT IS NOT FREE. THE 3 LITER CAR OWNER PAYS FOR THE GAS SO IT A FOOLISH ARGUMENT TO TAX BETTER ENGINES HEAVIER. WE SIMPLY NEED A FAIR DEAL. THAT'S ALL.

IF THE GOVT FINDS WAYS OF CHEATING GHANAIANS WHO BRING CARS TO HELP EASE OUR SUFFERING, WE'LL ALSO HELP THEM WITH THE TRICKS WE KNOW.
AGENTS OUT!
Author: Opoku Yeboah Kwasi -SPAIN
Date: 11-24 11:44 

The system should elliminate agents and all duties should be paid at bank by the owners themselves.I don't see why agents come in and enjoy some percentage at the expense of the whole country and there by increase cost
welcome news
Author: elegege-London
Date: 11-24 09:59 

That is great news. It took me 3 weeks to get my car out of the port and there are about 50 barriers in the port each opening the bonet and looking at the same thing
Re: CEPS introduces new vehicle clearing system
Author: wofa Baidoo
Date: 11-24 08:58 

it's agood idea.the ceps must act very fast to eliminate all unecessary delayance when clearing goods.how can it take 3 or4 days before single car can be out.also the port is too congested with this so called agents.why do i need agent before i can claim my only car?with unnecessary mecelaneous,,throwing money here and there.also CEPS must give good reception to those who ship cars home cause they contribute greatly to the econo my.stop giving threating words...."if am angry you can never clear your car" PLEASE PRINT A BROCHURE OR INFORMATION ON HOW TO CLEAR GOODS so that we can know our rights whenever we are at habour or.....?corruption will not go on?NO WONDER EVERY officer want to be posted to airport or habour"I hope MAJOR BAIDEN WILL MAKE THINGS EASY
WHY APPOINT AN ARMY OFFICER
Author: MASSA
Date: 11-24 08:44 

I'M SURE THIS COMMISSIONER IS LIVING IN COCOLAND. HOW CAN THE SYSTEM PICK UP THE RETAIL VALUE OF A SECOND HAND CAR PURCHASED ABROAD? THE PRICES VARY FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY AND DEALER TO DEALER.
THESE GUYS DO COME UP WITH POLICICIES WHICH MAKES ONE WONDER HOW THEY EVENTUALLY ARRIVED AT DECISIONS AND IF THEY DID ACTUALLY HAVE A PROPER CONSULTATION PROCESS

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLIN TO ME WHY WE HAVE RESORTED TO THE USE OF ARMY PERSONEL AS COMMISIONERS OF CEPS?
What DO THEY KNOW ABOUT TAXATION? I BET MOST OF THEM DON'T EVEN HAVE A CLUE AS TO HOW TO RUN A HEN COOP. WE ARE PUTTING THE WRONG PEOPLE IN THE WRONG JOBS.
GO GET KOJO ANNAN
Author: Nana O
Date: 11-24 08:43 

KOFI ANNAN AND HIS SON DID JUST THAT. THE WIDE-DODGE!
CEPS go beserk
Author: Kakoh, Michigan
Date: 11-24 08:43 

Your only thoughts are to collect money from people bringing in what that your useless economy cannot produce.
Ghana produces no cars but the Gov't and CEPS are bent on making sending cars back to Ghana a nightmare.
In the advanced world where a cleaner takes home an average of $1500 per month, used cars are sold for as little as $500 people car afford and contribute to the economy by paying for road & car user taxes, as well as fuel taxes etc and also augment the transport system.
Can someone there in Ghana explain how one has to pay $2000+ as duties for importing a saloon car?
The CEPS people should also update their so called commisioners price list. How come, Clothes, one of the necessities in life which is sold on the US market for say 1$ a boxer shorts and CEPS asks you to pay $1.5 as duties.
In the name of collecting money for the country, you should also be wise.
Re: CEPS introduces new vehicle clearing system
Author: Kwame Twumasi-Fofie
Date: 11-24 08:33 

As well intended as this may sound, I pray that it is not used as a pretext to cause further delay in the clearing of goods, specifically vehicles, from the harbour.

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