KRA Announces Mass Auction of Vehicles, How to Bid

Imported cars at the port of Mombasa await clearance.
Imported cars at the port of Mombasa await clearance.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced a mass auction of motor vehicles to be carried out at Customs Warehouse in Kilindini on Thursday, September 29. 

In a notice released on Wednesday, September 28, the authority announced that it was auctioning over 300 vehicles alongside other items considered as surplus and unserviceable. 

The vehicles include various models including Toyota Prados, Land Cruisers, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover Range, and Audi. Others include Suzuki Wagons, Subaru outbacks, Mazdas, Toyota Hilux among others. 

Cars at a yard awaiting auction.
An image of imported cars in a yard.

Aside from vehicles, other items include construction materials, food products, clothing materials, medical equipment, housing items, electrical equipment and sound systems. 

"Pursuant to the provisions of section 42 of the East African Community Customs Management Act, notice is given that unless the undermentioned goods are entered and removed from the custody of the Customs Warehouse Keeper, Kilindini within thirty (30) days of this notice, they may be sold by public auction on September 29,2022," read part of the notice. 

Interested bidders are advised to access the full list that was published in a Gazzette notice Volume CXXIV-No.172.

The list includes details regarding the vehicles such as lot number, ship name and date, date of arrival, container/chassis marks and number, container size, consignee, manifest number and bill of lading (BoL) number. 

A source privy to the information intimated to that the pricing is usually confidential and is normally unveiled on the day of the auction.

The source, however, confirmed that the sale would be subject to reasonable prices depending on the vehicle's model.

How to Bid

Interested bidders seeking to participate in the auction exercise will have to physically make an appearance at the Customs Warehouse on Thursday. 

They will then be handed a document with the prices of the vehicles and assorted items. To obtain a bidding number, one must pay a refundable deposit based on the vehicle model in form of a banker's cheque. 

The highest bidder will walk away with the vehicle or goods of their choice. 

KRA offices in Nairobi.
A file image of the reception area at KRA offices in Nairobi.