The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has commenced electronic (online) auction of contraband, including exotic cars of different brands, seized from smugglers in Imo/Abia and Edo/Delta commands.
Controller of Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Owerri, Comptroller Kayode Olusemire, who spoke in Benin on Wednesday while conducting newsmen round the latest seizures of men of the unit, said that the auction, which will be done through the internet, will be conducted every Mondays and Wednesdays for one month.
According to him, interested members of the public can log into the NCS E-Auction portal to select any of the items listed on the purchase list. The controller said that among items to be auctioned electronically were Rolls Royce cars, Mercedes, Toyota and other vehicles of different makes as well as other intercepted goods.
Well, the application is now open to the public using these following methods…
You can start your bid and your registration here NCS E-Portal (https://app1.trade.gov.ng/eauction/auction/list/all/82?sortby=endDate&sortorder=asc)
• Applicant must have a valid TIN issued by the FIRS with an active e-mail account.
• An applicant shall pay a non-refundable fee of One Thousand Naira (N1,000.00) as administrative charge.
• An Item is auctioned “as is” as such request for replacement or refund shall not be entertained.
• The successful bidder shall make payment within five (5) working days.
• Failure to pay within five (5) working days the item reverts to the second (2nd) highest bidder.
• The successful bidder has two (2) weeks from the date of payment to remove the item bidded for or forfeit same at the expiration of the two (2) weeks.
• Any auction item not removed from the warehouse within fourteen (14) days from the date of payment shall revert to its pre-bidding status.
• Take note for overtime cargo, that the successful bidder shall in addition pay 25% charges for the Shipping line and Terminal operator respectively.
• Bidders shall be allowed to bid for more than 2 items per bidding window.
• For claiming items, the winner shall present;
i. A valid copy of the paid assessment and bank receipt (optional in case of e-payment);
ii. E-mailed code to identify owner after payment;
iii. A notarized letter in case the owner sends a representative. (Where the owner is present uploaded photo on registration will do.)
iv. Provide proper identification with the notarized letter such as International passport, Driver’s licence, Voters card or National I.D.
• The dwell time for this Online Auction Sale shall be Twenty-Eight (28) days.
• Third party claims shall not be entertained.
• Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service are excluded from participating in this Auction.
• Owner of the seized item is excluded from bidding for the same.
• Conditions and terms of this auction are to be carefully considered by an interested person before acceptance.
• The applicant undertakes to abide by the conditions and terms of this auction
Here are 8 things you need to know.
1. You must have a valid TIN number from the FIRS to fully participate in the auction process.
2. An e-wallet will be created automatically for the user, when you register.
3. The user is to select any customs designated bank of his/her choice listed on the website and make payments into his/her wallet.
4. The administrative fee of N1,000 per bid will be deducted from the e-wallet.
5. A user is allowed a maximum of TWO bids per bidding window.
6. Monies deposited into the e-wallet cannot be withdrawn afterwards. And if a bid is won, the money in the e-wallet cannot be used for payment. So deposit what may be enough per time for bids to be placed.
7. If your bid is won, you have a maximum of 5 working days to pay up at any designated bank and a maximum of 2 weeks to move the item from the auction site. If you fail to do so, the item will be given to the next highest bidder in that bidding window.
8. Take your time to peruse the items thoroughly before placing a bid.
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