By Richard Adorsu-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Accra, Ghana- Government of Ghana has finally passed the Customs Amendment Bill, 2020, which places a ban on the importation of second hand cars, more ten years old, as well as salvage cars, locally referred to as ‘accident cars’.
The amendment is part of a bigger plan towards the implementation of the Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Programme, which has so far attracted several global car assembly plants into the country.
The law seeks to provide incentives for automotive manufacturers and assemblers, registered under the Ghana Manufacturing Development Programme.
Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare, quoting the report of the Committee, said “the amendment of the Customs Act, 2015, (Act 891) is to provide incentives for automotive manufacturers and assemblers registered under the Ghana Manufacturing Development Programme (GAMDP), prohibit the importation of salvaged motor vehicles and specified motor vehicles over ten years of age into the country, increase the import duty on specific motor vehicles and provide import duty exemptions for the security agencies and officers of the security agencies”.
Automobile giants like VW, Toyota, Renault and Nissan, have all expressed interest to set up assembly plants in Ghana, aside from local car manufacturer, Kantanka Automobile Company Limited, which is seeking government’s support to expand its production for the local market.
Volkswagen is already in the country, and will launch its operations in the country on March 18, 2020.
For New Africa Business News Richard Adorsu Reports, Africa Correspondent
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