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Broker trapped by Dubai customs

DUBAI: An Asian broker tried to bribe the customs employees in order to release the banned items which were detained by the Dubai Port inspectors. The inspector told the prosecutor that he accepted a smaller sum from the Asian dealer to release a diesel shipment for him as part of a trap set by the police. He said that the ... Read More »

Qatar, Algeria sign 15 pacts on trade and customs code

DOHA:  Algeria and Qatar signed 15 agreements including a bilateral trade agreement on mutual administrative assistance of the Customs Code and a memorandum of understanding relating to several sectors such as education, higher education, communication, tourism, sports, youth and fishing. An agreement for cooperation and exchange of information between the agency Algeria Press Service (APS) and his Qatari counterpart QNA ... Read More »

Indonesia to cut short tin shipments to counter price fall

JAKARTA: The Bangka Belitung Province Governor Rustam Effendi said that the producers will meet soon to discuss cut short in the shipments process, for reversing and recovering a fall in prices of tin, which accounts for about 90 percent of country’s exports. Officials from Bangka, which accounts for about 90 percent of the country’s tin output, will meet producers soon ... Read More »

Google may kill recent update of Nexus 5

BELGIUM: Google will probably end up rolling out Android 5.0 update to stabilize the software even more. No one is coercing you to install Lollipop but at some point, you’d be sagacious to get it on board your Nexus 5. It’s Google’s finest update in years. Only time will tell what Google’s plans for the Nexus 5 are and we’ll ... Read More »

$3b export fraud: Korean Customs arrests Moneual company CEO, 13 employees

KOREA: Korean Customs Authority unveiled CEO Park Hong-Seok plus two executives and 13 mid-level employees of Moneual Company involved in submitting artificial export documents for home appliances worth more than 3.2 trillion won ($3 billion). The customs office began its initial investigation into Moneual in August when a whistle-blower reported the fraudulent activities. The issue resurfaced when the vacuum robot ... Read More »

ICTSI invests $35 million on Manila Terminal extension

PHILIPPINES:  “On completion, the entire area of Phase 1 will store 6,500 20-foot equivalent units [TEU],” ICTSI said. The full development, estimated to be completed in 20 months, will add 500,000 TEUs of yard capacity to the MICT. The new yard is part of ICTSI’s $35-million (P1.6-billion) expansion project for the MICT aimed at immediately addressing growing volumes at the ... Read More »

Jebel Ali Port declared most prolific in world

DUBAI: Jebel Ali port, Dubai is declared as the most prolific in the world according to a report piled up by the US based Journal of Commerce (JOC). “We have invested significantly in infrastructure, equipment, technology and training at Jebel Ali to ensure we can serve our customers’ efficiently”, said DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. The report was ... Read More »

Record increase of 22.6% revenue by Philippines Customs

MANILA: “It has set a new record for the highest ever single month collection in October. The agency recorded increases in its revenues for the 10th straight month”, reported The Bureau of Customs BOC expanding the collections to P34.16 billion ($759.17 million). The agency said the hike in its collections was driven by the continued growth in the volume and ... Read More »

On arrival visa facility allowed at Johor Customs Complex

JOHOR BARU: On Arrival Visa facility has been made handy for Indian and Chinese tourists at the Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at the second link in Tuas. State Domestic Trade, Tourism and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who made the announcement, said the VOA approval was implemented on Nov 1. “This is the ... Read More »

Manila customs to sue top rice importer for smuggling

MANILA: The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said that it has filed four reports against Starcraft International Trading Corp and also 12 customs brokers associated with it, for violating Section 3601 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines and Section 29 of Presidential Decree (PD) Number 4, as amended by PD No 1485. Sued were Starcraft president Jeffrey Daradal, ... Read More »

Facebook, Twitter behavioral data fraught with biases

TORONTO: Behavioral scientists use social media to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing but researchers at Canada have found that those massive data sets may be misleading. The design of social media platforms can dictate how users behave and, therefore, what behavior can be measured. Most researchers are left in the dark, though others with special ... Read More »

ATF to boost Taiwan GDP by more than $3.8 billion

TAIPEI: “Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) is expected to be implemented which means bringing a high boost in Taiwan’s gross domestic product (GDP) by more than US $3.8 billion and an improved efficiency in customs procedures lowering trading costs” said the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) The MOEA said that the ATF is expected to take effect in the second ... Read More »

Google to launch World’s Largest Interactive Billboard Ever in Times Squire

NEW YORK: There is only one Times Square, New York, the place where the world rings in the new year, and now Google is set to take over the largest electronic billboard ever installed on the iconic, neon-laced strip. This is the largest billboard on Broadway ever. The billboard, which covers an entire city block, is powered by a Mitsubishi Electric ... Read More »

Sri Lanka Customs arrests couple with Rs 59m worth illegal gold stock

COLOMBO: A couple containing Rs 60 million worth Gold stock has been detained by Sri Lankan Customs. Arrested Couple is the resident of Wattala, arrived from Singapore in a Sri Lankan Airline attempted to smuggle 11.8 kilograms gold biscuits woth Rs 59 million concealed in their baggage. According to the Customs media spokesman and director Lesley Gamini, the suspects had ... Read More »

Google makes it to track down suspected devices

TORONTO: If you see any suspicious activity, a link on top lets you quickly set up your security settings, including changing your password as well as recovery and 2-step verification settings. Whenever you get a new Android device, it will insist on you connecting it up to a Google account. Once you’ve been through a few devices it sometimes means you can ... Read More »

Getting a first taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

York Hampshire: Android 5.0 Lollipop—the largest and most ambitious release for Android yet! Android 5.0 provides a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience. Software upgrades aren’t one of them. With Lollipop, you get all the features, plus a polished design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The interface withal appears to have more of Lollipop’s shadows and animations. One ... Read More »

Remarkable rise of 6.1% in Kuwait-Dubai trade ensures advancement in customs operations

KUWAIT CITY: “The Dubai-Kuwait imports in the first six months of the year 2014 amounted to Dh.2.3 billion whereas exports hit Dh.2.4 billion, and re-exports reached Dh.5.5 billion,” announced Ahmad Mahboob Musabih, Director Dubai Customs. The announcement was made by Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs on Tuesday at the sideline of a visit of a high-level delegation from ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi Customs seizes 1,570 pills, arrests peddler at Ghuwaifat Border

ABU DHABI: Founded pills were found hidden in the fire extinguisher while five others were hidden inside a metal box in a traveler’s pocket. However this attempt was foiled by Abu Dhabi Customs officials who had the hint of this attempt previously. Morning shift inspectors at Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre had some suspicions about a passenger travelling to the UAE ... Read More »

Hong Kong Customs confiscates 4.2kg drugs

HONG KONG: About 2.4 kilo grams of Ketamine drug worth $530, 000 discovered by Hong Kong Customs at Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point. An incoming passenger aged 17 was arrested whose plastic bags contained them. Customs officers intercepted an incoming female passenger at Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point yesterday afternoon and found the suspected ketamine contained ... Read More »

Selfie stick named in Time’s Magazine best inventions

NEW YORK: The selfie stick that facilitates your capturing a selfie from an angle of your cull by situating your smart phone beyond the arms’ reach has made it to the Time magazine’s list of 25 best inventions of 2014. “If 2013 was the year in which selfie became a buzzword, then 2014 was the year selfies became a cultural ... Read More »