Tag Archives: Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA

GUYANA: Jagdeo: New ID cards, with security features, to make business transactions easier

The government is exploring the creation of new Guyanese identification (ID) cards that will facilitate easier transactions at government agencies and other entities, Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo said on Sunday.

These new ID cards would include biometric features such as fingerprints or eye scans.

Jagdeo told a gathering of Region 10 residents that these cards, once introduced, could be used to conduct transactions at the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), and banks.

While these cards are expected to make transactions easier, the Vice President said they are also part of an increasing focus on improving security in Guyana.  Continue reading

GUYANA: Taxation: GRA will remove tax on imported fuel with immediate effect – Government


The GRA in a notice to all importers and licensed Customhouse Brokers said it intends to move immediately to enforce the government’s decision for excise tax rates on gasoline and diesel to be reduced from 10% to 0%.

The revenue authority also reminded that the rates were reduced from 20% to 10% in the 2022 budget and are now being further reduced to cushion the global increases in fuel prices.            Continue reading

Guyana: Belgium cocaine bust: GRA recovers image of shipping container suspected in 11.5 ton shipment

The false inside of a shipping container from Guyana.

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has recovered a key image of a shipping container suspected to have contained 11.5 tons of cocaine that had been busted in Belgium in early November, multiple sources have confirmed.

They have also recovered hundreds of other deleted scans of various containers.

Officials said the process was painstaking and delicate in order not to damage the hard drive that stores images of scanned shipping containers. The officials said the contents of the hard drive were recovered from the Chinese-made scanner by specialised equipment obtained from a key Western Nation that is involved in the global narco-trafficking fight.    Continue reading

OPINION: Scrap metal cocaine shipment from Guyana – Just another chapter


Yet again, Guyana has been implicated in a major international transshipment of cocaine.

This time a whopping 11.5 tonnes intercepted by the Belgian authorities this month at the port of Antwerp amid scrap metal. Yet again, as has been the pattern over the last two decades, it appears that no-one will be held accountable here for the shipment. The police and the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) are fairly adept at apprehending small-scale drug enterprises but have failed at these large-scale cocaine operations which appear to radiate with impunity from these shores even with the presence of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

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GUYANA: Cocaine Smuggling: Serious deficiencies exposed in GRA’s system – CANU report

Nand Persaud, Berbice’s biggest rice miller

A major investigation involving the seizure of one and a half tonnes of cocaine by German authorities in a container of rice that came from Guyana, has raised troubling questions about the system at Customs.

It appeared that local investigators, including those from the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU), were stumped when it was discovered that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) system, called Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), was reflecting something other than what left Guyana.      Continue reading

Guyana Bauxite Mining: Rusal tells GRA auditors: “leave or we leave”

GRA’s Godfrey Statia

The startling disclosure was made Friday by Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia during a press conference.

The Russian-controlled company is under fire, for the umpteenth time, for not only its labour practices but for taxes and other issues.

A few months ago, questions were raised over possible abuse of duty free concessions on fuel and dividends paid to the Government of Guyana.        Continue reading

Guyana: 20 arrested, trucks, vessel, smuggled alcohol seized in GRA raid

Guyana:  smuggled alcohol seized in GRA raid at Parika

What GRA seized on Friday

A major intelligence-driven operation has resulted in millions of dollars worth of liquor seized in a raid on Good Friday.

According to officials of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), yesterday, 20 persons were arrested in the exercise that took place in the vicinity of the Two Brothers gas wharf, Parika East Bank Essequibo.            Continue reading

Guyana: 1000 taxpayers under review for unexplained wealth – Tax Chief

March 19. 2018. – Kaieteur News By Kiana Wilburg

Godfrey Statia – GRA

Whether it is a politician or a businessman with the world of clout, nothing will stand in the way of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in going ahead with its audits on taxpayers who appear to have unexplained wealth.

In fact, Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia was able to confirm that there are at least, 1000 taxpayers under review.   Continue reading

80 Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) staffers fired last year in corruption clean-up

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