I feel bad for people doing business; custom fees are unfair – Michael Blackson challenges GRA

I feel bad for people doing business; custom fees are unfair - Michael Blackson challenges GRA
Michael Blackson

Ghanaian American comedian Michael Blackson and the Ghana Revenue Authority have been going back and forth over the $10,000 fee charge on items shipped to Ghana.

In the ensuing contention, Michael Blackson sympathises with the Ghanaian business owner over the “unfair and frustrating” custom fees as he demands a revision of laws for appropriate charges on imported items.

 

Michael Blackson took to Twitter to share his experience with people. The response has been overwhelming as many share experiences of exorbitant charges from the revenue tax collector, GRA.

“I have cousins in Ghana with no jobs and no income. Because the country lacked jobs, they wanted to open a store if I could help. I purchased about $10k of items, and when it arrived thru DHL, customs said they will need to pay $10k to retrieve. IT MAKES NO SENSE
@GhanaRevenue.

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“I shipped some old furniture by ship duty was $1500 that didn’t bother me, later I shipped my 2014 S class duty was $16k that didn’t bother me, but 3 boxes of clothes sent thru DHL that cost me $10k and you want me to pay $10k to get it out? Now, you going too far.”

The Ghana Revenue Authority responded that the fees are per Custom Law and urged Michael Blackson to “report it anywhere you are comfortable” if he suspects extortion.

According to Michael Blackson, the worst part is when things are auctioned off at low prices because people cannot afford the high customs fees.

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