NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – The Kenya Revenue Authority has earned a total Sh62.2 million in revenue from the just concluded public auction at the Port of Mombasa.
According to Nicholas Kinoti, KRA Deputy Commissioner for the Southern Region the revenue was collected from the sale of 53 slots of goods including vehicles, household goods, construction materials and other assorted goods.
Kinoti says the goods were auctioned on Wednesday after the importers failed to pay duty to enable them to collect their cargo from the port even after KRA issued a one Month Notice.
He says the auctioning of abandoned goods is part of the Authority’s efforts to decongest the Port of Mombasa and enhance efficiency at the port.
Last year, the government issued two public notices – on November 10 and 24 – informing Kenyans on the impending auction.
Speaking to the media after the auction, Kinoti said the auction was KRA’s last accounting process of the cargo which was brought into Kenya but their owners failed to pick their goods. Viewing of the consignments was made slated on December 28 and 29.
Another public auction is scheduled on January 17 at the customs warehouse.