Notice to Importers / Exporters of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and Tyres

  • DATE05 Oct 2018

Effective 1st October 2018

Object:

Implementation of country of origin inspection, verification and collection and receipt of advance eco-levy on electric and electronic equipment (EEE) and typres imported to the Republic of Ghana

Reference:

Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control & Management Act, 2017 (Act 917) With the objective to provide for the control, management and disposal of electrical and electronic waste and tyres in the Republic of Ghana, and by virtue of Clause 21 of Act 917, the Government has designated SGS as the External Service Provider to collect advance eco levy on behalf of the Republic of Ghana and to carry out physical inspection and verification at the country of export of any used and waste electrical and electronic products and tyres for shipments to be done as from 15th October 2018.

The Government of Ghana, acting through the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will ensure the confirmation by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority of payment of applicable eco levy on all applicable products to SGS prior to the release of the products from the control of customs.

MESTI and EPA will liaise with and involve the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to guarantee that incoming shipments of products under the SGS Renovo™ service, as listed in the 5th Schedule of Act 917 (see Annex to the notice) shall not be cleared from customs without an electronic environmental declaration form approval/clearance certificate.

SGS will, through its affiliates throughout the world, carry out physical inspection and verification at the country of export of any used and waste electrical and electronic products. In addition, SGS will collct the advance eco levy on all electrical and electronic equipment and typres exported to Ghana, based on the 'polluter pays principle' and the 'extended producer responsibility', in respect of items specified in the 5th Schedule of Act 917 and in accordance with the defined prevailing rates per the various items (see Annex to the notice).

From 1st October 2018, all electrical and electronic equipment and typres exported to Ghana will have to be registered on the e-environmental platform deployed by SGS to enable exporters to create e-environmental declaration form listing the goods to be supplied under a specific consignment as well as to proceed with the payment of the advance eco levy.

The importers of EEE to the Republic of Ghana are responsible to inform their supplier/exporter of the mandatory nature of the program and of the requirement to register on the environmental platform deployed by SGS.
No consignment shall be cleared from customs without an electronic environmental declaration form approval/clearance certificate.

Prior to the start of the program, information sessions will be performed for the economic operators to ensure ownership of the process.

For more information, please contact renovo@sgs.com and info@epa.gov.gh