CEPS vs. Poultry Farmers
This is a class action by the Plaintiffs who are an Association of about 1,000 Poultry Farmers.
In or about February 2003, the Government of Ghana in order to alleviate the economic hardships of the domestic poultry industry, proposed to impose an additional duty of 20% on all imports of finished products into the country. Following this, a law was passed by Parliament which came into force in April 2003.
Upon the Act coming into force, the Respondent on 7th May 2003, issued an order requesting all customs officers at the various Ports and Stations to apply the increased duty. Five days later after the Respondents’ letter of 7th May, the Respondent issued another directive – suspending the implementation of the increased duties. Despite several requests from the Applicants’, the Respondents’ failed and refused to apply to increased duties, thereby ineffect, suspending the operation of an Act of Parliament.