SOURCE: Citi News
The Ghana Importers and Exporters Association have accused destination
inspection companies of pushing for the implementation of the Ghana
Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP) by the Ghana Standards Authority
According to the Importers and Exporters Association who have kicked
against the G – CAP, the destination inspection companies are using the
implementation of the G – CAP to keep them in business, since government,
according to them will not renew their contracts in 2015.
“As a business community we are humbly advising the government that there
is something wrong somewhere. The inspection companies as we are told are
the people who presented the proposal to the GSA but not the GSA coming up
with this programme.”
The Importers and Exporters Association told Citi Business News they believe
the inspection destination companies are behind the introduction of the
G-CAP, and contend the programme is a duplication of efforts by various
agencies at the country’s entry points to check the importation of sub-
According to them, its introduction will only increase the cost of doing business
and also add to the complexity of clearing goods at the ports.
G-CAP is a conformity assessment process used to verify that products
imported to Ghana meet the necessary standards as set by the GSA.
Spokesperson for the Ghana Importers and Exporters Association John Awuni
told Citi Business News that the G-CAP is duplication and it is illegal.
“For the Destination Inspection Companies they want to make money and
for us because the contract between the government and the destination
companies is expiring in 2015 and the government have indicated that they
are not going to renew the contract, they are just repackaging themselves
to remain relevant in the system. For me it is just a business model by
the destination inspection companies to make money from the business
community and from government.”