Customs to deploy e-auction platform July 1

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it is set to deploy its newly developed e-auction platform on July 1, 2017.

A statement on the Service website said 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.

After receiving the report, the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali directed the auction committee to ensure that only proper pictures of the goods as well as detailed information about each are uploaded to avoid any misgiving.

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 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,”

Manual auction was identified as non competitive and opened to abuses hence it was suspended by the Customs boss on assumption of duty.

“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,”

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