The Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2020, an amendment of the existing Customs Act, 2015 (Act 891) that which was passed by parliament in March, banning the importation of salvaged vehicles into Ghana comes into effect on November 1, 2020.
Many importers raised concerns about the plan saying, the implementation will take them out of their jobs. However, Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen assured that the government of Ghana will always work in their interests.
He revealed that we will not adopt the United States’ definition of what constitutes salvaged cars in banning the import of second-hand cars into Ghana. He said there are some cars that have been described as salvaged by insurance companies in the US and other parts of the world that could still be fit-for-purpose and can be used in Ghana.
The ban is primarily to ensure that the local market is not flooded with damaged cars that can threaten the lives of Ghanaians. Accident and salvaged motor vehicles comprising of wrecked, destroyed and those physically damaged by collision, fire, water or other occurrences are among the description for those included in the ban.
Source: Ghana Web