‘Confiscated Assets Committee Does Not Auction Vehicles’

Col. (rtd) Kwadwo Damoah, Customs Commissioner

THE GHANA
Revenue Authority (GRA) has stated that its Customs Division is the only agency
mandated by law to auction confiscated vehicles and not any official or member
of the Confiscated Assets Committee at the Osu Castle.

Prince
Akwaboah, an official of GRA, who disclosed this to members of the Private
Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) last week in Koforidua
during a two-day workshop, was reacting to a question on a situation where the
Customs Division of the GRA auctions confiscated vehicles to the highest bidder
but it turns out that the Confiscated Assets Committee has also auctioned the
same vehicle to other people, creating conflict.

He said any
member of the public who wants to buy any vehicle being auctioned should deal
with the Customs Division of GRA because the Confiscated Assets Committee only
monitors the auctioning of items confiscated to ensure these have been properly
disposed of. 

Sections 53(1)(3)
and 59(1) of Customs Act 2015 (Act 891) and Part 9(B)(Para A) of The Customs
Departmental Instructions, authorizes the forfeiture of goods and vehicles
imported into the country and not entered and cleared within 21 days and 60 days
after final discharge.

Taking
participants through the auction process, Mr. Akwaboah said the state warehouse
officer compiles a list of forfeited goods/vehicles at the various ports/collections
and submits same to the Commissioner of Customs for approval for gazette.  Once approved, the list is sent for
publication in the Gazette/Commercial and Industrial Bulletin (CIB) at the
Ghana Assembly Press (Section 126(4) of the Customs Act).

“The gazette
is allowed 14 days notice after which those goods/vehicles may be sold by
Public Auction or Allocation.

“An
auctioneer licensed under section 6 of CAP 196 is appointed to conduct the
auctions. The list of goods/vehicles to be sold with their reserved prices is
given to the auctioneer on the day of the auction. The date for auction is published in at least two daily newspapers
of national circulation. The newspaper publication is usually allowed a minimum
of 48 hours before the auction. The conduct of the auction is guided by the
Auction Sales Act, 1989 (PNDCL 230).”  

He continued,
among other things, that an auctioneer licensed under section 6 of CAP 196 is
appointed to conduct the auctions, while the list of goods/vehicles to be sold
with their reserved prices is given to him on the day of the auction.

Also, on perishable goods, he mentioned that Sections 53(3) (a) and 126 (3) authorizes the immediate sale of perishable goods deposited in a state warehouse not cleared after 21 days of final discharge.

BY Samuel Boadi

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