KAMPALA – The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has given all traders and companies 30 days to clear and remove their goods in the customs warehouse or they be disposed-off through public auction.
In a directive issued on Wednesday, URA acting commissioner customs Patience Tumusiime asked owners of goods that have exceeded their statutory clearance and warehousing period to pay any taxes, fees, penalties, fines and other charges within 30 days.
“Pursuant to Section 42 (1) East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004, the commissioner customs requests owners with goods that have exceeded their statutory clearance and warehousing period (un-customed goods) to clear the same within 30 days from the date of first publication of this Public Notice by paying all the requisite taxes, fees, penalties, fines and charges that will have accrued thereon,” the URA statement reads in part.
Ms. Tumusiime says the auction process has been automated add that all terms and conditions of sale, the user guide and auction items can be accessed on their single window website.
She adds that online viewing of the goods will be opened from 10th June to 14th June 2019 and the bidding process will run from 17th June to 20th June 2019.
According to URA officials, all terms and conditions of sale, the user guide and auction items can be accessed on this link: singlewindow.go.ug/auction. Online viewing will, however, remain open from June 10 to 14 and the bidding process will run from June 17 to June 21.
The warehousing period of goods according to URA is 270 days except for goods in duty-free shops, new motor vehicles, wines and spirits which are warehoused for a maximum of two (2) years. The clearing agent must submit genuine and authentic documentation relating to a transaction to avoid delays and penalties.