Customs House Weekly Series #27
Steps for Participating in Public Auctions Held by Jamaica Customs
From time to time the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will offer for sale to the public, items or goods within its possession, in keeping with provisions of the Customs Act.
Persons interested in participating in such auctions must adhere to the requirements and must also note that at no time will the Agency use email or telephone to offer items for sale.
All Public Auctions held by the Agency are advertised in the print media (newspaper) thirty (30) days before the date of an auction. The Agency will not sell or auction any item or good outside of the guidelines that are laid out in the Customs Act and its Regulations. Additionally, any item placed on auction, such as a motor vehicle, which is not sold at that auction is put up for resale by the JCA, at a subsequent auction. All motor vehicles are sold through a competitive bidding process and no individual bidder is accorded special treatment.
Registering for JCA Auction
- All persons wishing to participate in an auction must register through/with the JCA.
- Registration takes place at Queen’s Warehouse – 230 Spanish Town Road, Queen’s Warehouse – Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), Queen’s Warehouse – Sangster International Airport (SIA); Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration of bidders closes at 3:00 p.m. on the day before an auction.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
- Two (2) passport sized photographs
- Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) Card
- Valid ID (Driver’s Licence, Passport or Electoral ID)
- Bidder’s registration fee of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00). The bidder will be given a Bidder’s Registration Card which expires on December 31 each year.
- All payments – cash or managers’ cheque, are only to be paid to the Jamaica Customs Agency’s Cashier, on the day of the auction.
- All cheques must be written in the name: ‘Collector of Customs’. At no time should persons make payments to any person or entity outside of these accepted channels.
Section 88, sub-sections 1 & 2 of the Customs Act specify the process by which goods deposited within a Queen’s Warehouse shall be sold:
Section 88 (1) of the Customs Act states: “where under the provisions of this Act any goods are required to be deposited in a Queen’s warehouse and such goods are of a perishable nature, then it shall be lawful for the Commissioner, notwithstanding, such provisions, to sell the same forthwith by public auction; and if such goods though not perishable, are of a kind not permitted by any other provision of law to be deposited in a Queen’s Warehouse, it shall be lawful for the Commissioner, notwithstanding such provisions to sell the same by public auction after fourteen days’ notice by publication in the Gazette.”
Section 88 (2) of the Customs Act states: "where any goods are deposited in a Queen's warehouse under the provisions of this Act and the same are not entered for warehousing or delivery from such Queen's warehouse within three months after such deposit, or within such further period as the Commissioner may direct, and all charges for removal, freight and rent and all other expenses incurred in respect thereof duly paid, such goods may be sold by public auction after one month's notice being given by publication in the Gazette.”
The “further period” is up to seven (7) days before the date of an auction.