The Board will be deploying random sampling and container risk management at the ports to enforce compliance with the 1994 legislative instrument prohibiting importation, distribution and sale of used men, women and children undergarment.
These include handkerchiefs, underwear, braziers, mattresses, sinks, water closets, toilet bowls and bathtubs.
Importers and retailers of used clothing in Kumasi have pleaded for additional time to enable them take delivery of already imported goods.
Officials of GSB however say there have been enough engagements with the Association of Importers and Dealers of Used Clothing to allow for clearance of already imported consignments.
Mr. Kofi Nagetey, Acting Director at the Inspectorate Division of the GSB, says any consignment of used clothing at the entry ports, from the first quarter of next year, would be confiscated and destroyed, whilst culpable importers are penalized.
“It’s not that we’re going to chase you to the market and seize your things but the importation of used undergarment are going to cease… then after that date, we shall also be doing our market surveillance to see whether we have people smuggling the goods”, he stated.
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