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GRA: No agro product of COCOBOD has been auctioned

Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has denied media reports suggesting it has auctioned agro chemicals belonging to COCOBOD for failing to pay import duties worth GHC3.9 billion.

The GRA has urged the public to disregard the media reports.

A statement issued by GRA on Thursday (8 February) said COCOBOD has already paid the import duties on the agro chemicals.

“Management of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has sighted a publication in the Herald newspaper on “GRA auctioning COCOBOD’s chemicals, fertilizers, others” dated 2nd February 2024.

“The said article states that Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is unable to pay import duties on some agro chemicals, fertilizers and implements to be used in enhancement of cocoa farming and this has led to an auction of these items by GRA resulting in dire implications to the cocoa season.”

“COCOBOD has therefore paid the required duties on the agro chemicals. No agro product of COCOBOD has therefore been auctioned,” the GRA statement said.

“We therefore entreat the general public to disregard this false publication and to verify any such information before publication. We further state that GRA recognizes the contribution of COCOBOD to the development of the country and will therefore not carry out any action that is detrimental to its operations while at the same time ensuring that the Tax laws are applied fairly,” it added.

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