KRA Announces Disposal of Used and New Vehicles: How to Bid

A photo of vehicles set for auction at the Port of Mombasa.
A photo of vehicles set for auction at the Port of Mombasa on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced the auction of 92 vehicles, rendered to have overstayed at the Customs Warehouse in Mombasa County.

According to the Gazette Notice published on Friday, the exercise will kick off at the Kilindini Harbour on January 31, 2024.

The vehicles made available for sale included diverse Toyota models including Noah, Probox, Harrier, Premio, Enquire and Land Cruisers.

Other models include Mazda CX-5, BMW X4, Mazda Bongo, Suzuki Swift, Subaru Forester, Jeep Grand Cheromsae, Mercedes Benz, Mazda Axela and Audi-A3.

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A file of cars parked at a yard in Mombasa, Kenya on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Lettie Auctioneers

The Authority is also looking to offload used car models including Toyota Vitz, Nissan Caravan, Mazda Axela, Audi A3, Landrover Discovery, Premio and Toyota Tacoma among others. 

A source privy to the information revealed to that the pricing is usually confidential and is unveiled on the auction date. 

He, however, confirmed that the sale is subject to reasonable prices.

How to Bid

Interested bidders will be accorded a chance to view the vehicles during the final week of January 2024 during office hours.

They will be required to submit their documents on or before January 31, 2024.

The applications will be publicly opened in the presence of all bidders who attend the auction. The highest bidder will be selected to walk away with the item of their choice. 

The auction is carried out according to Section 42 of the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004 which requires the KRA Commissioner to give a thirty-day notice before auctioning the items. 

"Where any goods that have been deposited in a Customs warehouse are not lawfully removed within thirty days after deposit, then the Commissioner shall give notice by publication in the Gazette that unless such goods are removed within thirty days from the date of notice they shall be deemed to have been abandoned to Customs for sale by public auction and may be sold in such manner as the Commissioner may deem fit," reads part of the Act. 

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