By Isaac Aidoo
Government has directed that with effect from September 2 this year all textile importsÂ
into the country should be done through only three approved routes: the KotokaÂ
International Airport (KIA), and the Takoradi and Tema ports.Â
All importers of African prints were also directed to declare and make known to the Ghana
Standards Authority (GSA) ports of entry of any consignments prior to importation.
These directives were issued by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Haruna Iddrisu,Â
when he inaugurated a task force on seizure and disposal of pirated Ghanaian textileÂ
designs and a vetting committee on the importation of African textile prints in AccraÂ
The task force is a re-constituted one with new representation from the Ghana Union ofÂ
Traders (GUTA), the National Security Council and the Ghana National Chamber ofÂ
Commerce and Industry (GNCCI)
The objective of the task force is to curb the menace of illegal importation of printedÂ
Ghanaian textile prints and to ensure that importers who engage in the nefarious activities
are brought to book.
â€œThe mandate of the vetting committee as inaugurated today is to ensure that there isÂ
zero tolerance for illegal importation of printed pirated Ghanaian textiles,â€ the ministerÂ
The minister further directed all importers of African prints to register with the RegistrarGeneralâ€™s Department, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) and submit monthlyÂ
returns on their imports of African prints.
â€œAll importers of African prints shall register with the Ghana Standards Authority and shall
present samples of the African prints to be imported to the authority for patternÂ
approval,â€ the minister directed.
â€œImported African prints shall with immediate effect be regarded as high-risk goods andÂ
shall be subjected to 100% physical examination to be jointly conducted by officers fromÂ
the Customs Excise and Preventive service (CEPS) and the Ghana Standards AuthorityÂ
(GSA),â€ Mr Iddrisu stated.
Mr Iddrisu reminded members of the committee of provisions under the World TradeÂ
Organisation Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS), whereÂ
governments had the obligation to take special border measures to prevent the piracy ofÂ
â€œThe TRIPS agreement mandates governments not to allow infringed goods to enter theÂ
channel of commerce and also not to allow the re-exportation of such goods,â€ he added.
The sector minister disclosed that the training programmes had been organised inÂ
Takoradi, Ho, Accra and Tamale to equip staff of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA),Â
customs division, to differentiate between pirated and genuine textiles.â€œIn addition the task force has embarked on sensitisation of traders and the general public
on the effects of the nefarious activities of traders who smuggle African textile prints intoÂ
Ghana,â€ he added.Read Full Story