The government asked the general public to submit bids for things that would be auctioned off on January 5, 2023 through the Customs and Border Control Department (CBCD).
School furniture, kitchen cabinets, steel coils, and alcoholic beverages including whiskies were all listed for sale in the gazette notice from Friday, December 2.
Also on display were grand products like automobiles, baby diaper machine spare parts, rice mill machinery, and automatic brush carwash systems.
The auctioneer’s mallet also held refurbished game consoles, denim fabric, sofa sets, sugar, lights, butyl acetate, household items, chocolate, candy, and bales of secondhand shoes in addition to solar home systems.
The uncollected items, which were imported into the country between October 2020 and October 2022, will be disposed of from the customs warehouse and made available for prospective buyers to inspect.
The gazette notification noted that “viewing would be held at the Customs Warehouse, Inland Container Depot Nairobi (ICDE) in Nairobi on January 2 and 3, 2023, during business hours.”
On behalf of other institutions involved in cargo, the CBCD department collects and accounts for import duties and VAT as well as agency fees.
The gazette notice stated that “unless the under-mentioned commodities are entered and removed from the Customs Warehouse within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice,” notice was given pursuant to section 42 of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.
The legislation states that products sold at government auctions are frequently regarded as abandoned property since their owners have not paid revenue accruing since the date of importation.
Such commodities are listed for public auction sale if they aren’t removed within 30 days of the notice date.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) planned a motor vehicle auction exercise in early November 2022 for approximately 440 automobiles located in various customs warehouses and owned by people who had neglected to pay taxes and other fees.