The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd)

By Oladapo Okeowo

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In a bid to ensure a transparent exercise, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would be conducting the auction of seized goods on an electronic platform.

The NCS spokesperson, Joseph Attah, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

He said the platform was presently undergoing user-acceptability test.

“What that means is that in the very near future in a matter of weeks, the NCS will officially deploy its trade portal.

“So the auction exercise will be electronically driven. So when we say e-auction platform, (we mean) a platform in our trade portal that gives opportunity to all interested people to see what they want with full description of its present state.

“That is the condition that particular thing is and allows people to bid. Eventually, the victory goes to the highest bidder at the end of the bidding process.’’

With the new process, interested bidders would require a valid Tax Identification Number (TIN), a copy of a recent passport photograph and payment of a-N1000 non-refundable administrative charge which would be paid into the bidder’s e-wallet.

According to Attah, the electronic process will encourage competition and would curb instances of abuse.

 

The e-auction application would be accessible online through the NCS trade portal website, www.trade.gov.ng, and applicants must enter an agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of the auction.