Nigerian Custom Denies Auctioning 7,000 Cars

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The Nigerian Customs Service has finally cleared the rumour surrounding the auctioning of 7,000 cars. The agency distanced itself from any rumour that suggests a particular auction of over 7,000 cars to be held by the Service.

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This was announced by the Public Relations Officer of Customs, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi; he made this known in a statement signed on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs in Abuja.

He also urged Nigerians to always refer to the electronic auction (e-auction) platform at https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction/ for accurate information on auctioning.

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According to him, e-auction remains the only authentic means of auctioning goods to members of the public.

“Auctions are periodic and advertised in advance on our website to avail the public the opportunity of selecting and bidding for items of their choice.

“It will be recalled that the service deployed the e-auction platform in July 2017 to improve efficiency in revenue generation to the federal government.

“It was also deployed to provide equal opportunities to all Nigerians in the seamless disposal of seized and condemned, overtime and abandoned cargoes.

“Since its implementation, the e-auction has lived up to its expectations by guaranteeing transparency and integrity in the auctioning process,” Bomodi said.

The spokesperson said that the requirements to participate in the e-auction bidding process by interested public members were clear.

He said applicants must process a valid Tax Identification Number (TIN), issued by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), with an active e-mail account.

Bomodi added that an interested person must carefully consider the conditions and terms of the auction before acceptance.

Bomodi further said an applicant must have an authentic and nationally accepted means of identification.

He explained that those means of identification include an international passport, driver’s license, national identity card or voter card.

Bomodi referred the public to the service’s e-auction portal at https://app.trade.gov.ng?eauction/ for further guidelines.

He also used the opportunity to call on owners of uncleared vehicles at the various ports to avail themselves of the VIN-Valuation protocols to clear them.

He said the clearance procedure had been simplified, automated and user-friendly. (NAN)


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