Special auction of over 7000 cars is fake news – Customs Spokesman

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Special auction of over 7000 cars is fake news – Customs Spokesman

DC Bomodi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has warned the public about the rumour on a special auction of over 7000 cars to be held by the Service.

The Customs National Public Relations Officer, DC T. Bomodi made this known through a press statement, advising the public not to fall victim of fraudsters.

The Customs Spokesman explained that the Customs E-auction exercise is still in force.

He informed :  “Our electronic auction (e-auction) platform at https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction/ 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 round that a special auction of over 7000 cars will soon be held by the Service.”

DC Bomodi pointed out :
“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.

“Recall that the Service deployed the e-auction platform in July 2017, specifically to improve efficiency in revenue generation for the Federal Government, in order to provide equal opportunities to all Nigerians in seamless disposal of seized/condemned and overtime/abandoned cargoes.”

He emphasised :
“Since its implementation, Customs 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 interested person before acceptance.

“Applicant must ensure he/she has an authentic and nationally accepted means of identification, which includes 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/.

“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.”

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