The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is warning the public to be wary of scammers who illicitly solicit funds from persons, under the guise that motor vehicles are being sold by the Agency.
All Public Auctions held by the Agency are advertised in the print media (newspaper) thirty (30) days before the date of the auction. 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.
The JCA further advises that the entity only sells goods on auctions and will not sell any item or good outside of the guidelines laid out in the Customs Act and its Regulations. Any item placed on Public Auction, such as a motor vehicle, which is not sold at that auction, will only be resold at a subsequent auction.
All motor vehicles are sold through competitive bidding, and no individual bidder is accorded special treatment or privilege.
At no time will the Agency use email or telephone to offer items for sale. Importantly, all payments – cash or managers’ cheque, are only to be paid to the Jamaica Customs Agency’s Cashier, on the day of the auction. Cheques must be written in the name: ‘Collector of Customs’.
Persons who may have been scammed are urged to report the matter to the Police. Also persons who have information on this or any other illicit activity that negatively implicates the Agency are being asked to provide written information to Jamaica Customs, addressed to the Commissioner of Customs, 15 Myers’ Wharf, Kingston 15.
Registration for An Auction
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.