CHATTOGRAM: Chattogram Customs House introduced e-auction system to make the auctioning process more simple, transparent and modern on Tuesday.
National Board of Revenue (NBR) Member (VAT Policy) Md Masud Sadiq inaugurated the new system along with an awareness training programme on e-payment at the conference room of Chattogram Customs House.Talking to the journalists after the programme, the NBR Member Masud said the e-auction and e-payment systems are the processes for an end to the fraudulence being carried out in different ways.
The e-auction was launched at the Chattogram Customs House after the Benapole Customs House, he said.
“Problems may appear during works, but we will have to proceed overcoming the barriers,” said the NBR official.
Regarding the fraudulence through opening fake website of Commerce Ministry, Masud said the fraudsters are adopting new tactics to dodge eyes of the authority, but the skilled officials remain alert to check them.
“We are staying behind the target of revenue collection at the Customs House as the coronavirus hampered the trade and commerce across the globe,” he observed. “We hope to proceed toward achieving the target as the country started getting the economic pace,” he said.
Regarding services to the businesspeople, Masud said some problems appear sometimes for different reasons.They are working for digitisation of the process to accelerate the customs activities, added the member.
Chattogram Customs Additional Commissioner Dr Abu Nur Rashed Ahmed, Joint Commissioner Md Tafsir Uddin Bhuiyan, Muhammad Mahbub Hasan, Mohammad Tofael Ahmed, Mohammad Bappi Shahriar, C&F Agent Association President AKM Akter Hossain, Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association Director Abdullah Jahir, BGMEA Director Anjan Shekhar Das and Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association Director Khairul Alam Sujan attended the programme among others.
Mentionable, 16 lots of different goods, which have not been taken by the importers for various reasons, will be auctioned off through the new system.
The goods include fabric, cotton, date, ginger, garlic and scrap imported in different periods.
The intended bidders will have to submit their necessary documents through the websites of Chattogram Customs House and NBR, said the sources.
Customs officials said the intended individuals usually remain reluctant to come to Chattogram from other parts of the country for dropping the tender.