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Shoes to paintball guns: customs department announces auction

The Larnaca customs department will host a public auction on March 21, featuring products ranging from shoes to semi-auto paintball guns to cigarettes, it emerged on Monday.

Other goods include a carpet, printer, camera, golf clubs, perfumes, alcohol, and a range of tobacco products.

According to customs department spokesman Christos Christou available products consist solely of those seized from the local market and from the airport as “all products seized at checkpoints coming in through the occupied areas are destroyed on the spot.”

The customs department sets a preliminary and minimum selling price on the goods available for auction, while as a general rule the department is also not obligated to sell goods to the highest bidder.

Prices also include duties and taxes, as well as storage, transportation and auction costs.

Goods are also available for inspection three working days prior to the auction date, as the legislation considers that each bidder has inspected the product of their interest and is participating in the auction on their own responsibility.

A number of the available goods have been tagged as solely for export purposes. The customs department clarified that these products cannot be reimported to Cyprus.

If the department fails to sell a certain item after two successive auctions, the goods are considered to be abandoned and become property of the Republic, after which the department has the authority to either auction the goods duty and tax free, or to destroy them, while goods can also be donated to needy members of the public or to charities.

The auction will be held at 9am on March 21 at the Larnaca Customs warehouses near the Kalo Chorio roundabout. For more information Tel: 24 819256 or 24 819262

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