The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it will pilot the much touted e-auction program on Friday, Oct 21, 2022 at the port of Tema with 15 vehicles earmarked for the exercise.
The e-auction will however be fully rolled out for the general public on Oct 31 where both general goods and vehicles will be auctioned.
All interested parties can obtain access using the online platform, auction.icums.gov.gh where one can sign up using the Ghana Card.
In the e-auction process, the reserve price for all auction goods will be publicly declared online for the automated system to select the highest bidder.
However, customs has warned that all bidders who fail to follow through transactions after winning a bid will be subsequently blocked from using the system.
The e-auction when fully rolled out is expected to replace the existing manual, paper-based system for the auctioning of goods at the country’s ports and other designated customs zones.
Customs says it is hopeful that the e-auction will facilitate the disposal of uncleared cargo much faster, decongest the ports and state warehouses and make revenue collection through auction easier.
Auctions remain a major means of revenue collection for the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
Speaking on the Eye on Port program, Principal Revenue Officer in charge of Auction at Customs, GRA, Eric Afari, revealed that the state revenue agency mobilised GH¢34.8m in 2021.
As at August this year, Customs had been able to make GH¢23.88m from auctions, he added.
Mr. Afari also disclosed that one major motivation for this intervention by management is to reduce the rate of negative deviations his outfit suffered over the years.
Customs saw 9pct, 20pct and 11pct negative deviations from auctions in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.
“We didn’t want to have negative deviations again. Some goods stay at the port for a long time, some goods when sold on auction, successful bidders return goods claiming the goods have gone bad so we replace them.
Some vehicles the conditions were very bad. Some were overaged. Some don’t take time to examine the vehicles very well. They pay duties before they come back to complain. Some too will win the bid but not pay on time, leaving the goods for a long time,” Mr. Afari noted.