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URA announces auctioning of abandoned Ugandan vehicles at Mombasa Port

Uganda Revenue Authority will be auctioning abandoned vehicles at Mombasa port. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), a tax body has on Wednesday, June 12 announced the auctioning of all Ugandan bound vehicles abandoned at Mombasa Port, Kenya. The online and onsite viewing started on June 10 and will end on June 14.

The authority’s commissioner in charge customs Dicksons Kateshumbwa says for several years, a number of used motor vehicles have been abandoned at Mombasa thus to be auctioned.

“Pursuant to sections 34(1), 4 and 42(1) of the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004, the commissioner informs the general public that these motor vehicles shall be disposed of by way of public auction, “the notice reads in part.

In the notice, URA revealed that only Ugandan citizens will be eligible to participate in the auction process.

Bidding online is set to be done between June 17 to 21 whereas terms and conditions of sale, user guide and auction can be viewed on singlewindow.go.ug/auction.

The government last year banned the importation of vehicles that are older than 15 years from the date of their manufacture and the ban took effect in October 2018 after Parliament passed the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The government also introduced an environmental fee on vehicles which are five years old but do not exceed eight years from the date of manufacture excluding goods vehicles and this is expected to be 35 percent of the price quoted by a seller including all other charges as deemed by the seller.

A 50 percent fee will be charged on vehicles which are more than eight years old or more from the date of manufacture whereas vehicles that are five years or older but are designed to carry goods will pay 20 percent of the price quoted by the seller as an environmental fee.

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