Customs denies auctioning over 7000 seized cars

 Customs denies auctioning over 7000 seized cars

By Joseph Ayinde

The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), has denied reports making the rounds that a special auction of over 7000 cars would soon be held by the Service.

The Public Relations Officer of Customs, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi, in a statement signed on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, urged Nigerians to go online to the electronic auction platform for authentic information on auctioning.

He stated that e-auction remained the only authentic means of auctioning goods by the Service to members of the public.

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

The spokesperson disclosed that members of the public who wish to partake in the e-auction bidding must process valid Tax Identification Number (TIN), issued by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), with an active e-mail account.

Bomodi added that those conditions must be met by applicants before acceptance.

Also, an interested party must have an authentic and nationally accepted means of identification.

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

Bomodi also beckoned on owners of uncleared vehicles at the various ports to avail themselves of the VIN-Valuation protocols to clear them.

He stated that the clearance procedure had been simplified, automated and made more user-friendly for them.

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