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CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE gathers that a post implementation review of the GCNET project will also be looked at.

REGARDED AS the largest revenue collector for the nation, the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has exceeded its revenue target for 2007.
This comes barely a few days after the Value Added Tax (VAT) Service has exceeded its target of GH¢450 million for last year.

The service which was expected to collect GH¢1661.71 million (¢16.6171 trillion) for the last financial year rather accrued GH¢1661.75 million (¢16.6175), leading to a surplus of GH¢0.4 million.

Speaking to CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE in an interview, Commissioner for CEPS, Emmanuel Nmashie Doku said the impressive achievement is mainly due to the strengthening of the collection processes which led to the effective operation of the automation system at the port and the various boarder ports such as Elubo, Paga and Kulungu in the Upper East region.

Vantage points such as the Kotoka International Airport, Tema and James Fort also did well in mobilizing enough revenue from custom goods, the Commissioner added.

He also pointed out that regular training of CEPS officials by some foreign partners also helped to achieve the feat.

“We had extensive foreign training since new ideas were imparted to the CEPS officials, leading to the designing of new methods”.

He commended the Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu for his consistent supervision of the activities of the service, adding that his immense interest shown in revenue mobilization has paid dividend.

On the way forward for the year, Mr. Doku explained that CEPS will continue the programmes it began last year, for example the full realization of the warehousing and free zones regime as well as the tracking of goods from the port to the warehouse.

The programme is expected to be in full force by the end of next month, he added.

Already, CEPS has introduced tracking of transit goods which would help the service generate enough revenue.

CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE gathers that a post implementation review of the GCNET project will also be looked at.

The programme which will be reviewed by the first week of February 2008 will involve stakeholders such as importers and freight forwarders.

Ultimately, according to the Commissioners, CEPS is aiming to achieve an end-to-end automation so that all manual transactions will be eliminated from the system.

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