JAMAICA CUSTOMS SAYS FLYER IN SOCIAL MEDIA IS ERRONEOUS - CAUTIONS PUBLIC AGAINST AUCTION SCAMMERS

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is advising customers and the general public that a flyer purporting auctions to be undertaken by the Agency that is circulating on Social Media, did not originate with the Agency and bears false and erroneous information.

In this regard, persons are urged to desist from further circulating this flyer or share its contents.

In keeping with the Customs Act, all auctions relating to motor vehicles and general merchandise, are officially advertised by the Agency by way of print media, as well as posted on the Agency's website: www.jacustoms.gov.jm.

By law, all public auctions are advertised in the newspaper, thirty (30) days prior to the date of the auction sale and all payments – cash or Managers’ Cheque must be paid directly at the Jamaica Customs Agency Cashier on the day of the auction. All cheques must also be written in the name ‘Collector of Customs’.

The JCA is further advising that at no time should persons make payments to any person or entity, outside of these accepted payment channels.

Additionally, the Agency will at no time, use an email or flyer to communicate to anyone or the public, regarding auction sales. The JCA will not sell any item or good, outside of the guidelines that are laid out in the Customs Act and its Regulations.

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.

All persons wishing to participate in an auction must register through the JCA. Registration takes place at the Queen’s Warehouse - 230 Spanish Town Road; Queen’s Warehouse - Norman Manley International Airport; and Queen’s Warehouse - Sangster International Airport (SIA); Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Registration of bidders closes at 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to an auction.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs
  • Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) Card
  • Valid government issued ID (driver’s licence, passport or electoral ID)
  • Bidder’s registration fee of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), after which the bidder will be issued with a Bidder’s Registration Card which expires on December 31st of each year.

Kindly contact the Jamaica Customs Agency's Customer Service Team at: quick.response@jacustoms.gov.jm or public.relations@jacustooms.gov.jm, or by telephone at 876-922-5140-8 (Mondays-Fridays) if you require any further information or clarification. The team stands ready to assist.

 

 

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