Nigeria Customs e-Auction: Don’t buy cursed goods, stakeholder warns as portal opens

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By Foster Obi

As Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) opened it’s e-Auction portal today, some Nigerians have voiced their grouse or appreciation with the process with many seeing the process as mere whitewash or officialese as most of the goods have been bought by Customs officials and their cronies despite pretensions to the contrary.

However an aggrieved stakeholder, Paul Obene took a different route when he expressed on his X handle, telling people not to buy such goods.

He wrote: “Don’t go and buy curse goods, especially the ones they seized from Kwara people. I don tell u.”

Another man with the handle, @liberationarmy8, said, “If person buy my sized car by custom, the person go d!e by accident.”

Also @chrischeese1, wrote, “They exploit and extort Nigerians, they impose duties that make it difficult for importers to clear their goods, then they seize goods belonging to hardworking Nigerians and then sell it to their friends, families and cronies for peanuts! !

Another who called himself Prof with the handle, @walezee19

Said, “But una already get your relatives to buy it on your behalf na.”

Also, Obregon, replied, “You know wassup ????. One officer can have like 7 relatives fronting for him.

Another stakeholder, #Gabosky, wrote, “The requirements are too much for average Nigerians.”

But, Burjsly @phant, in his own case had questions for the Customs management, “Why are your officers just so much on Obajana-Lokoja road?

“They’re practically on every 500m on this road extorting money from every imported vehicles even with complete docs.

“Are they everywhere in the country because the officers at our borders are not competent?

The Nigeria Customs however had given conditions on eligibility to participating in the auctions.

1. Ensure you possess a valid Tax Identification Number (TIN) from FIRS and an active email. Also ensure that the TIN is validated on Tax Promax

2. Sign up at https://auction.nigeriatrade hub.gov.ng

3. Pay a non-refundable administrative fee of N,1000 via the platforms channel

4. Each bid attracts a participation fee of N1000

5.

6. Bid for a maximum of two items, with unlimited bids on these items.

7. Items are auctioned “as it is” and requests for replacements or refunds won’t be entertained.

TIMELINE

Auction dwell time is 6hours (12.noon to 6pm)

Also, payment of items won is to be made within 3 days and seven days to remove the item from designated terminals after payment.

8. Overtime cargo incurs an additional 50% charge of the winning bid (25% to shipping company and 25% to terminal operators).

9. Winners claiming items must provide necessary documentation and identification.

10. Nigeria Customs Officers and owners of seized items are ineligible to participate.

11. Winning bids must be validated at the Customs Area Controllers’ offices.

12. Prompt payment, 7.5% VAT, and refundable container deposit (if applicable) are mandatory.

13. Allottee transfers and sales carry buyer’s risk. No replacements or refunds for paid charges.

14. Interested participants must carefully consider and abide by the terms of this e-auction.

15. Seize the opportunity within the stipulated timelines and guidelines.

For enquiries

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Contact us via

EMAIL: info@customs.gov.ng pro@customs.gov.ng pro2Z@customs.gov.ng

HELP DESK LINE +2347037891156

 

 

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