Customs Attributes Challenges Of E-Auction To Invalid TIN, E-Wallet Servicing, Others

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has attributed the challenges confronting its e-auction platform to invalid Taxpayers Identification Number, the inability of bidders to service their e-wallet to be able to bid, poor internet network and other personal issues arising from the bidders’ locations..

In a press statement issued on Friday and signed by Customs National Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, customs maintained that the challenges were not customs-related.

According to Attah, “Since the reopening of the Nigeria Customs Service e-auction platform app.trade.gov.ng/eauction, some complaints and inquiries have been pouring in, especially from those who tried unsuccessfully due to either invalid Tax Identification Numbers (TINs), inability to service e-wallet, poor network at their locations or any other reason which are all outside the jurisdiction of the Service.

“Some of these complainants appeared to have questioned the integrity of the e-auction process”, the Customs image-maker admitted.

Speaking further, Attah revealed that for the avoidance of doubt, the following updates have been recorded:

Summary of e-Auction as at 25th August, 2020.
No. of Windows=3
Total No. items Auctioned= 314
Total No. paid for (as at 25/08/2020) = 187
Total Reserved Bid Amount=N87,900,001.00
Total Bid Amount Paid=N151,022,245.00

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