Electronic auction remains the only authentic means of auctioning goods, Customs insists


… Debunks alleged special auction of over 7,000 cars soon

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has restated that the electronic auction (e-auction) platform of the Service at https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction/ is functional and remains the only authentic means of auctioning goods to members of the public.

The NCS in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Timi Bomodi stated that this clarification became necessary following rumours making the rounds that a special auction of over 7000 cars would soon be held by the Service.

The statement reiterated that auctions were periodic and advertised in advance on the Service’s website to avail members of the public the opportunity of selecting and bidding for items of their choice.

It recalled that the Service deployed the e-auction platform in July 2017 specifically to improve efficiency in revenue generation to the federal government as well as provide equal opportunities to all Nigerians in the seamless disposal of seized/condemned and overtime/abandoned cargoes.

“Since its implementation, the e-auction has lived up to expectations by guaranteeing transparency and integrity in the auctioning process. Requirements to take part in the e-auction bidding process by interested public/bidders include:

“Applicant must have a valid tax identification number (TIN) issued by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) with an active e-mail account for the issued TIN.

“Conditions and Terms of this auction are to be carefully considered by an interested person before acceptance.

“Applicant must ensure he/she has an authentic and nationally accepted means of identification i.e. international passport, driver’s license, national identity card or voters card.

“Other guidelines can be found on the e-auction portal at https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction/.”

The statement, however, advised owners of uncleared vehicles at the ports to avail themselves of the VIN-Valuation protocols which it said had simplified, automated and made user-friendly the clearance procedure.

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