Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) yesterday said that a flyer being circulated on social media claiming that it will be holding auctions is false.
“In this regard, persons are urged to desist from further circulating this flyer or share its contents,” Customs said in a news release.
The agency explained that in keeping with the Customs Act, all auctions relating to motor vehicles and general merchandise are officially advertised in the print media and are posted on the agency's website: www.jacustoms.gov.jm.
“By law, all public auctions are advertised in the newspaper 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 agency stated.
“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 e-mail 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,” the release stated.
The agency also said that 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,” the agency said, adding that anyone wishing to participate in an auction must register through the JCA. Registration takes place at Queen's Warehouse, 230 Spanish Town Road; Queen's Warehouse, Norman Manley International Airport; and Queen's Warehouse, Sangster International Airport Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Registration of bidders closes at 3:00 pm on the day prior to an auction.