E-auction still in force, says Customs

Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of Customs

…charges vehicle importers to take advantages of VIN

Owners of uncleared vehicles in the ports have been enjoined to take advantage of the simplified, automated and user-friendly VIN-Valuation protocols of the Nigeria Customs Service to clear their vehicles.

In a statement, Timi Bomodi, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service, called on the vehicle owners while alerting the public that the Customs’ e-auction platform is functional and remains the only authentic means of auctioning goods to members of the public.

Bomodi said that the public needed to be notified against the rumours making the rounds that a special auction of over 7000 cars will soon be held by the Service.

“Our electronic auction (e-auction) platform is functional and remains the only authentic means of auctioning goods to members of the public. This reminder is pertinent in light of rumours making the rounds that a special auction of over 7000 cars will soon be held by the Service.

“We wish to state that auctions are periodic and advertised in advance on our website to avail members of 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 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.

“Meanwhile, owners of uncleared vehicles in our ports should avail themselves of the VIN-Valuation protocols, which have simplified, automated and made user-friendly the clearance procedure,” said Bomodi.

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