Ghana: Customs warns public against online auctions

The Chief Revenue Officer in charge of Customs Auctions, Mr. Prince Akwaboah, suggested that the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority was considering online means of auctioning general goods and vehicles in order to expand its scope.

The customs auction manager revealed that sourcing plans are advanced to select the technology partner for this service.

Mr Akwaboah however warned that until a formal announcement is issued by the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Authority does not conduct online auctions and the public should treat any current advertisement of this nature on behalf of of the GRA as fraudulent.

“I would like to warn the public that we have not started online bidding yet,” he stressed.

Speaking on Eye on Port, the senior revenue officer in charge of customs auctions revealed that reports have come to the attention of the Division that unknown individuals or syndicates have already started running online auctions under the cover of the threatening Ghana Revenue Authority.

He said such entities should not be engaged and that the GRA would publish its announcement widely when a well-secured online auction system was in place.

Mr Akwaboah said that in an effort to bridge the information gap identified between his team and the public, the GRA Customs Division would continue to engage in broad engagements to completely eliminate the myth of cars being sold at the port. .

He pointed out that the cars are not sold in the country’s ports by the GRA or any of its allied institutions working in the ports.

The chief revenue officer in charge of customs auctions has disabused the false public perception that what are casually called auction cars are still readily available for purchase.

Instead, he said, car auctions are infrequent and it takes a careful process to get cars auctioned and even then announcements are made in the daily newspapers. in all the countries.

“Auctions are not done daily, they are done periodically, and you will need to be present and participate in the bidding process,” he said.

He said the purpose of the auctions is for the state to recover the duty on uncleared goods and the reserve price for auctioned goods such as vehicles is equivalent to the duty.

Source: Eye on the Port