The Chattogram Customs Home has spent greater than Tk78 lakh on arranging auctions to promote merely Tk3.31 lakh value of chemical compounds mendacity in a Chattogram port warehouse for 15 years however to no avail.
In accordance with customs officers, the chemical compounds weighing 2010kg have thus far been placed on auctions 26 occasions, by spending round Tk3 lakh on promoting in 4 newspapers and logistics for every spherical.
For the final time, the customs home on 23 January organised an public sale for 64 a number of items when the chemical compounds have been additionally placed on public sale. With this, the chemical compounds have thus far been auctioned 27 occasions however no purchaser has proven curiosity in shopping for the rotten product.
Many of the 64 a number of merchandise had earlier been placed on public sale 5-10 occasions. That is how the Chattogram Customs Home is losing cash by arranging auctions.
A complete of 112 automobiles introduced below the Carnet facility have been auctioned 5 occasions. Most of those automobiles have been broken because of failure in a well timed sale.
After numerous processes, on 18 January this 12 months, the Chattogram Customs Home authorised the gross sales of solely three automobiles.
Carnet de Passage is a world customs facility that enables vacationers to briefly import their non-public automobiles with out paying any obligation for a restricted interval on the situation of re-exporting them on the finish of their keep.
This facility has allegedly been abused by some quarters for years.
Often, non-resident Bangladeshis, overseas vacationers, diplomats and individuals entitled to particular amenities import luxurious automobiles below the power. However customs discovered that a lot of these vehicles have been by no means re-exported as per situations.
In accordance with the folks involved, such incidents have taken place because the customs authorities organised the auctions on their very own choices with out a clearance allow from the commerce ministry. They stated that there can be no different possibility however to promote these vehicles value crores of taka as scrap.
Not solely automotive auctions, but in addition the state of affairs of standard auctions on the Chattogram Customized Home is in the same state.
Though an public sale is held at a median value of round Tk3 lakh per thirty days in ads, logistical help, manpower and different sectors, the gross sales of merchandise usually are not gaining a lot momentum.
Iqbal Hossain, the proprietor of R&H Syndicate, who usually participates in auctions on the Chattogram Customs Home, stated that every product is being auctioned 15 to twenty occasions.
“However the merchandise usually are not being bought because of the whimsical choices of the public sale committee. Due to this, bidders are shedding curiosity in taking part in auctions,” he added.
Tofail Ahmed, a joint commissioner on the Chattogram Customs Home, stated, “If there are not any bidders in an public sale of any product, we attempt to promote it by auctioning it repeatedly.”
“Additionally, because the commerce ministry has given instructions that within the case of automobiles introduced below the Carnet facility, we should put these automobiles up for public sale once more in a short while,” he added.