Customs introduces new portal for auctioning seized cars, others

Customs introduces new portal for auctioning seized cars, others

- Part of the strategy which has just been adopted by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is to beat fake agents to their game

- The Customs Service said the portal would now be opened on July 1, 2017 just as it gives requirements to be partaker in it

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced its readiness to commence the operation of an e-auction portal saying this would start on July 1, 2017.

The agency said it came to this success after repeated tests of the e-auction platform.

“The portal is now fully networked to designated banks to ensure money accruing from the auction gets to the Central bank of Nigeria Treasury Single Account for transparency and accountability.

Customs introduces new portal for auctioning seized cars, others
The new portal is part of the mandates handed to Hameed Ali to strengthen the agency

“After receiving the report, the comptroller-general of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), directed the auction committee to ensure that only proper pictures of the goods as well as detailed information about each are uploaded to avoid and misgiving.

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“He further stressed the need for more weeks to enable interested members of the public to obtain their Tax identification numbers (TIN) from the federal Inland Revenue before the commencement date,” the statement obtained by stated.

The statement said the platform which is highly interactive will only give access to holders of TIN.

“Such tax payers will log in, read the guidelines, pay the non-refundable one thousand auction fee and proceed to bid for the items on auction,” the statement added.

The statement said its recent action is meant to meet the three-pronged presidential mandates of restructuring, reforming and seeking ways of raising revenue.

“Manual auction was identified as non-competitive and opened to abuses hence it was suspended.

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“The committee set up has now developed an e-auction platform that is secured transparent and guarantees equal opportunities to all Nigerians.

“All interested persons are therefore advised to get ready by obtaining their Tax identification numbers issued by Federal Inland Revenue,” the statement added. had earlier reported that the Nigerian Customs Service Management Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2017 was passed today, Wednesday, May 31 by the Nigerian Senate.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma representing Imo West Senatorial District and members of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, congratulated the Senate Committee on Custom and Excise duties for the timely passage of the bill.

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