Finance Ministry denies Smart Port and Electronic Cargo claim

Finance Ministry denies Smart Port and Electronic Cargo claim

The Ministry of Finance has refuted the existence of a new tax policy that necessitates shippers to acquire an Electronic Cargo Transit number.

Reports had emerged from a letter that falsely indicated that all shipments to Ghana, including transit shipments, must obtain an Electronic Cargo Transit number (ECTN/SPN) and submit it for verification to Antaser Afrique BVBA.

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The Ministry of Finance in a statement dated October 31, denied the content of the letter and said, “The letter alleged that as from 15th September 2023, all shipment to Ghana, including transit shipment are required to obtain an Electronic Cargo Transit number (ECTN/SPN) and submit same to Antaser Afrique BVBA for verification.”

“The Ministry wishes to inform all shippers and stakeholders that the letter and its content are fake and should be ignored.”

The Ministry expressed gratitude to shipping agents and stakeholders who alerted them about the alleged letter, reaffirming their commitment to informing the public about any new tax policy that the government intends to implement.

“We thank all stakeholders who alerted us and made enquiries and wish to assure them that, as is done with all policies, extensive consultation will be done with relevant stakeholders whenever government wishes to introduce a new policy or tax.”

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