The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has cautioned retailers against taking supply of excisable goods not affixed with tax stamps, saying those who do would be prosecuted.
Madam Jennifer Yawa Dzeble, Principal Revenue Officer, GRA, in charge of Volta Regional Taskforce at a monitoring exercise, said the tags held security features to help the Authority monitor trade flows and called for compliance.
“Both retailers and consumers must help ensure compliance with the stamp policy. It is one sure way to check counterfeiting, smuggling, and also protect our health,” she said.
Madam Dzeble said the task force would not hesitate to confiscate and prosecute unmarked goods and those who sell them.
Major trade cities in the Region such as Ho, Hohoe, Aflao, Dzodze, Dambai, and Nkwanta would be ‘stormed’ by the task force, to check for the availability and the authenticity of the stamps.
Mr Ernest Annan, a Senior Revenue Officer of the Authority, said cross border importation remained a major challenge, and that the Akanu border in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region was the only crossing on the Ghana-Togo border with a facility for affixing the stamps.
He therefore advised traders to apply to the Authority for the stamps at no cost, and affix them before the products got to the markets.
The tax stamps came into force in March 2018 and must be visible on carbonated drinks, alcoholic beverages, bottled water and tobacco products.
The introduction of the stamps is expected to help regulate, and sanitise the trade sector by providing for an effective tax system and help stop counterfeiting and smuggling.