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Bidders land sweet deals during port auction

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has embarked on a revenue recovery process through the annual public auction of uncollected imports at the Mombasa Port after expiry of 30 days amnesty.

Numerous imports destined for Kampala, Uganda are among goods worth millions of shillings at KRA’s customs warehouse which were auctioned yesterday during first phase of public auction for evading custom duty tax and clearance.

A used 2005 Toyota Premio destined for Kampala was sold at Sh550,000 .The car imported under the consignee name of Dan Kabangoza a Ugandan, arrived in July 2012 through the Grand Grace shipping company.

Also imported in 2012 under the same consignee is a used 2007 Toyota Corolla Fielder which was sold at Sh660,000. Other items sold were a 20-ft container of 231 packages travelling trolley bags selling at Sh1.7 million also destined for Salute Holdings Company in Uganda.

A 20-ft container of 90 packages of Washing Machines bought by Speke Hotel in Kampala, Uganda was also auctioned at a price of Sh1.5 million. Among the goods which were auctioned include 430 packages of surgical gloves imported by National Medical Stores of Entebbe, Uganda – a statutory body that procures, stores and distributes medicines, medical supplies and vaccines to public health facilities.

Other firms whose goods have overstayed at the customs’ warehouse include Steel Rolling Mills Ltd Kampala, Metro Plastics Kenya and General Plastics Ltd based in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

The authority’s regional manager Nicholas Kinoti said this year’s process attracted a significant number of bidders “as a result of transparency and accountability.” The second phase, which will majorly involve second-hand motor vehicles, will be conducted on January 17 at the warehouse located inside Mombasa Port.

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