Chattogram Custom House (CCH) is going to auction 211 lots of various unclaimed goods on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Business Standard, CCH auction branch's Deputy Commissioner Foysal Bin Rahman said, "The CCH holds an auction every month. Accordingly, the next auction will be held at CCH auction branch and Dhaka VAT Commissionerate office simultaneously on 7 October."
"The CCH has finalised all necessary procedures to put up 211 catalogues for auction. Forty-three chemical goods for which tenders were not floated at the previous auction have been included in the lots for the next auction," he said.
He added that 60 lots of chemical goods, textiles, vehicles, onions, garlic, and electronic products – including 26 lots which remained stored at the P-shed of Chattogram Port – will be up for auction.
The volume of goods eligible for the upcoming auction is higher than at any other time, Faysal Bin Rahman said.
Morshedul Alam, manager of KM Corporation which was assigned to arrange the auction, said there will be tender boxes in the offices of the revenue officer (administration) of the CCH, office of the deputy commissioner and joint commissioner (headquarters) plus Customs Excise and VAT Commissionerate (Dhaka South), for those who want to participate in the auction.
Bidders can submit tenders as per catalogs until 2 pm on Wednesday. At 2:30pm, all tender boxes will be opened simultaneously.
CCH sources said the importers have 30 days to take delivery of their containers after unloading them from ships. For many reasons, importers do not always take delivery of the containers and some products are seized because of false declarations.
If an importer does not take delivery of the containers by the deadline, the customs department notifies them. And if the importer does not take delivery of their goods within 15 days from the notice, the customs authorities may put it up for auction.
The products which are seized because of false declarations can also be auctioned, but products that have expired or are prohibited are normally destroyed.