Nigerian Customs Service: “We’re not auctioning 7000 Cars”, urges Nigerians to always refer to the e-auction platform.
Lists terms and conditions as well as requirements interested members must have to take part in the e-auction bidding process.
Urges owners of uncleared vehicles at various ports to use user-friendly VIN-Valuation protocols to clear their vehicles.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has urged Nigerians to always refer to the electronic auction (e-auction) platform at https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction/
for authentic information on auctioning, amid rumours making the rounds that a special auction of over 7000 cars would soon be held by the Service.
In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of Customs, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi, on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs, Customs says that e-auction remains the only authentic means of auctioning goods to members of the public.
“We which to state that 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, and overtime and abandoned cargoes.
“Since its implementation, the e-auction has lived up to expectations by guaranteeing transparency and integrity in the auctioning process,” Bomodi said.
The spokesperson also listed the requirements that interested members must have to take part in the e-auction bidding process, which included Valid Tax Identification Number (TIN), issued by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), with an active e-mail account for the issued TIN.
Bomodi also said that the conditions and terms of auction are to be carefully considered by an interested person before acceptance, adding that applicant must have an authentic and nationally accepted means of identification like international passport, driver’s license, national identity card or voter card.
Bomodi further advised owners of uncleared vehicles at the various ports to avail themselves of the VIN-Valuation protocols, which he said has been simplified, automated and made more user-friendly to clear vehicles.