The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced a motor vehicle auction exercise of over 440 vehicles located in various bonded warehouses.
In a notice issued by the authority, the owners of the seized vehicles failed to pay taxes and other charges.
According to KRA’s Chief Director of Port Operations, Rose Mureithi, the owners have been given a thirty-day lifeline to clear arrears and collect their vehicles ahead of the auction date scheduled for Thursday, December 15.
Stock photo of used cars in a yard
Vehicles include various models such as Volkswagen, Mistubishi, Subaru Forester, Lexus, Nissan Note, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda Cx-5, Probox, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Vit, Honda Fit and Mercedes-Benz.
Others include Toyota Harriers, Suzuki Alto, Audi A3, Toyota Crown, Peugeot, Mazda Demio, Toyota Hiace, Volvo S60, Toyota Wish, BMW X5 Subaru Imprezza, Land Rover Range and Cruiser Prado.
Besides vehicles, other items considered surplus include personal items, promotional items, building materials, food items, clothing, spare parts, housing items, sound systems, and electrical equipment.
“In accordance with the provisions of Section 42 of the East African Community Customs Administration Act 2004, notice is given that unless the goods mentioned below have entered and removed from the customs warehouse within thirty days from the date of this notice, they will be sold at public auction on December 15, 2022”,
Interested bidders were invited to access the full list which was published in a Gazette Notice Volume CXXIV-No.238.
The list details vehicle information including lot number, vessel name and date, arrival date, container/chassis marks and number, container size, consignee, number of the manifest as well as the number of the bill of lading (BoL).
Regarding vehicle prices, a source familiar with the information hinted Kenyans.co.ke that the price is generally confidential and is normally revealed on the day of the auction.
The source, however, confirmed that the sale would be subject to reasonable prices depending on various factors, including the model of the vehicle.
How to bid
Interested bidders wishing to participate in the auction exercise must physically present themselves at the customs warehouse either on Tuesday, December 13 or Wednesday, December 14.
A document with the prices of the vehicles and various objects will then be given to them. To obtain an auction number, a refundable deposit must be paid according to the model of the vehicle in the form of a bank cheque.
The highest bidder will leave with the vehicle or products of their choice.
A file image of the reception area of KRA offices in Nairobi.