The President’s Special Operation Unit, headed by the Chief of Staff, Prosper Douglas Bani, to block loopholes leading to huge losses of revenue, has intensified it on-going exercise to achieve it purpose.
A statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Unit, based inside The Flagstaff House, Dr. Clement Apaak, last Saturday, said that the exercise was going to be ‘vigorously’ pursued in collaboration with the relevant state institutions, operating in the various ports nationwide.
The general public, especially stakeholders in the import and export sector, have been reminded that, all goods imported through the Ports urgently must be cleared by Consignees within the set time frame of 30 days for General Goods and 21 days for Perishable Goods, to decongest the Ports of all undeclared Cargo most importantly.
Failure to meet the instruction, the statement warned, would lead to the goods being placed on the “Un-cleared Cargo List (UCL), gazetted and disposed through public auction and allocations in accordance with existing laws and regulations governing over-stayed Goods and Cargo”.
The Presidential Staffer, noted that since the process has already started in earnest, Goods and Cargo which have been put on UCL or gazetted would have to serve a prior notice, before importers can attempt to clear them.
“It should, however, be noted that the process has already started and Goods and Cargo already placed in the Un-declared Cargo List (UCL) or have been gazetted would require a permit prior to any attempts by Consignees or their Agents to clear them”, he said.
The statement urged the various stakeholders, especially importers, consignees and agents to accordingly follow the important information or else risk losing their Goods and Cargo, adding the Unit will not be responsible for this.
“Agents, companies, entities and individuals are also hereby warned to look out for unscrupulous persons who may try to defraud them by posing as members of the Special Operations Unit or as staff of the Presidency” the statement concluded.