Following the disclosure by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Wednesday that it has instituted 10 charges against Ramps Logistics Guyana (RLG) for false declarations, the company has issued a statement calling the said charges baseless.
While these charges will be reviewed and responded to by its lawyers through the court system, Ramps categorically stated that every declaration filed with the GRA is in respect to Duty Free imports. Ramps said there are no taxes or duties applicable on the imports and so there is no loss of revenue to the GRA.
Furthermore, on July 12, 2022, Ramps said GRA wrote its officials informing of an investigation into alleged false declarations.
On July 25, 2022, Ramps said its lawyers wrote the GRA responding on why the allegations raised by the GRA had no basis in law and clearly outlined the sections of the Guyana Customs Act that they relied on to form this opinion.
Eight weeks later, Ramps said GRA responded but it did not address any of the legal points raised by its lawyers.
On September 30, 2022, Ramps said it filed for Judicial Review against the Local Content Secretariat. That body has refused to issue the company a Local Content Certificate.
Following this, on October 5, 2022, it said GRA issued a Press Release to say it is filing charges against RLG for false declarations.
The company said in closing, “We have always respected the laws of every country we operate in and have always been transparent in everything we do. We will continue to operate with the highest levels of integrity.”
Ramps said it will also continue to be committed to Guyana and hope for a fair and speedy resolution of this situation.