Wendy Shay Appeals To Akufo-Addo To Address Excessive Import Duties On Cars

Source The Ghana Report

Ghanaian Afrobeats musician Wendy Shay has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to address the exorbitant import duties imposed on cars.

The award-winning actress in a tweet expressed her discomfort that outrageous import duties on cars affect customers in the country.

“Your excellency @NAkufoAddo Mr president, I know you have the welfare of Ghanaians at heart but can you please do something about import duties, especially on cars?” excerpt of the tweet read.

Highlighting the astronomical import duties on cars in a tweet, the ‘Uber Driver’ hitmaker drew government’s attention to the stark contrast in prices between purchasing a vehicle in the United States and the additional costs incurred due to duty charges upon importation.

She went on to illustrate the situation with an example, where a car valued at $35,000 in the US would attract a hefty duty payment of $30,000 USD, totaling approximately 340,891.80 Cedis.

She further explained, “The import duties on cars are way Outrageous. You buy a car in the US for $35,000 (397,707.10 Cedis) and pay $30,000 USD (340,891.80 Cedis) as a duty. Please do something, Mr. President”

Wendy Shay’s plea to President Nana Akufo-Addo stems from a belief that reducing the import duties on cars would greatly alleviate the financial strain on Ghanaians seeking to own vehicles.

Some netizens have reacted to her concern.

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