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Port of Stockton sees record in ship traffic

WASHINGTON: Port of Stockton officials expected 2015 to be a record year for shipping traffic, with a total of 247 ship arrivals through New Year’s Eve, compared to 230 ship arrivals in 2014, the previous all-time record. Port Director Richard Aschieris said Monday that cargo volume will be down slightly, to 3.87 million metric tons in 2015, from 2014’s 4.11 ... Read More »

US Customs seize 10,000 counterfeit toys in San Juan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers completed the seizure of 10,000 counterfeit toy dolls arriving in a shipment from China on November 12. The estimated domestic value of the shipment is $41,250. CBP’s highly trained officers inspected a container whose contents appeared to be non-compliant U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements. CBP ... Read More »

US Customs seizes $145k near St. Thomas

ST.THOMAS: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents seized $145,000 from a vessel operated by 3 US citizens. All subjects were released pending further investigation. “Our agents remain vigilant for illegal smuggling operations, as well as money laundering,” stated Johnny Morales Director of Air Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. During a maritime ... Read More »

US border agents arrest 2 men illegally entering Vermont

HIGHGATE SPRINGS: U.S. Border Patrol agents from Swanton Sector arrest two subjects on Dec. 26, as a result of a citizen reporting suspicious activity of two males in Highgate Springs, Vermont. Agents from the Swanton Border Patrol Station responded to a call from a concerned citizen reporting two suspicious men walking south on Route 7 in Highgate Springs. A Border ... Read More »

Turkish exports suffer 8.7% fall in 2015: Association

ANKARA: Turkey earned $144 billion in overseas sales in 2015, a decline of 8.7 percent when compared to the export figures of the preceding year, data from a local exporter union showed on Monday. According to results from the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), exports fell 12 percent in the final month of 2015 over December 2014. The union cited a ... Read More »

Argentine crop exports soar $2b in 3 weeks

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s crop exports surged $2 billion in the last three weeks of the year after restrictions were scrapped by the new president, according to exporter group Ciara-Cec. Farmers sold $752 million worth of grains and oil-seeds in the last three days of 2015 for an annual total of $20 billion, down 17 percent from a year earlier. Sales ... Read More »

Australia pushes to boost crocodile exports

SYDNEY: Australian officials are looking to increase the export of crocodile products in 2016, after decades of official protection to stop them being hunted to extinction have increased their numbers. Under a new Saltwater Crocodile Wildlife Trade Management Plan (WTMP), which came into effect at the start of the year, the Northern Territory’s government wants to increase the trade in ... Read More »

Taiwan iron ore imports declined 6%

TAIPEI: The trade statistics released by the Taiwan’s Directorate General of Customs for the month of October 2015 indicates sharp fall in iron ore imports by the country. Taiwan’s iron ore imports during the month totaled 1.959 Million tonnes, down by 6% when compared with the imports during the same month a year ago. The import prices averaged at $61.6 ... Read More »

China’s impacts of slowing growth on trade, agriculture in US

NEW YORK: International trade is a major factor in the American agricultural economy. A key player is China. In fact China’s impact on slowing growth on trade and agriculture is a session topic during the 2016 United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Outlook Forum. Over the last two decades, China’s economic prosperity and increased consumer demand for food has significantly ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia to cut flights, trade with Iran, ban visits

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia widened its rift with Iran, saying it would end air traffic and trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must “act like a normal country” before it would restore severed diplomatic relations. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters in an interview that Tehran was responsible for rising tensions after the kingdom executed Shi’ite Muslim ... Read More »

Italian pork imports fall as live pig intake rises

ROME: Italy imported slightly less fresh and frozen pork, year-on-year, in the first nine months 2015 but increased its intake of live pigs by more than a quarter, according to AHDB Pork. Pork imports finished 1% down for the nine-month period, at 757,200 tonnes, with the trade being dominated by supplies from Germany, which accounted for 261,700 tonnes. That was ... Read More »

India police seize 390 cartons of country-made liquor in UP

GUWAHATI: A truck carrying 390 cartons of country-made liquor allegedly smuggled in UP from Arunachal Pradesh was recovered at a railway crossing here, police said. The cartons carrying 18,720 quarters of country-made liquor smuggled from Arunachal Pradesh was yesterday seized from the truck, they said. The driver along with other persons plying in the truck ran away leaving the vehicle ... Read More »

Singapore authorities seize 3,750 contraband cigarette cartons at checkpoints

SINGAPORE: More than 3,750 cartons of contraband cigarettes were found stashed in two Malaysia-registered vehicles at Singapore’s land checkpoints in the past few days, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Last Friday, ICA officers found 2,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes among boxes of frozen vegetarian products on a Malaysia-registered lorry at Woodlands Checkpoint. The vehicle, driven by a 35-year-old ... Read More »

Tanzania: Airport beefs up security in fight against smuggling

ARUSHA: The The Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (KADCO), which operates the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) operator, has beefed up security at the facility to curb smuggling out of national trophies and minerals. It has extended security operations across the 110sq km airfield to counter growing trans-organised crime at the gateway. The move is a response to the recent seizure of ... Read More »

Hong Kong Customs seize 18kg of ivory products at airport

HONG KONG: Authorities have arrested an airline passenger on Sunday after finding 18 kilograms of ivory products in his luggage. The 25-year-old man was detained after he flew into the city from Harare, Zimbabwe via Dubai. Customs officials intercepted the man amid suspicion that he was carrying prohibited items. A search of his belongings led to the dramatic ivory seizure. ... Read More »

Nigeria: Importers lament ‘high’ tariff by customs

ABUJA: The National Association of Government Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF decried the ‘high’ tariff imposed on importers by the Nigeria Customs Service. The Chairman of NAGAFF, Segun Musa, spoke with aviation correspondents at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. Mr. Musa appealed to the Federal Government to review the policy, saying it was having an adverse effect on Nigerians involved in ... Read More »

Stage set for inauguration of Land Customs Station in Tripura

AGARTALA: A multi-facility Land Custom Station (LCS) and Immigration Centre will be inaugurated at Srimantapur in Sipahijala district bordering Bangladesh on Wednesday. Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the LCS at Srimantapur, about 45 km from the state capital, an official of Tripura Industrial Development Corporation said. Built at a cost of Rs 16 crore on ... Read More »

Ugandan police investigate reports of cocaine missing from customs

KAMPALA: Ugandan police have said they are investigating reports that nearly $4m (£2.7m) worth of cocaine seized by customs officers at the country’s main airport had disappeared from secure stores. The national police chief, Kale Kayihura, had set up “a task team to conduct an audit into the control and accountability of drug exhibits at the aviation police headquarters,” a ... Read More »

Rs270b released for development projects

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has so far released Rs270.326 billion for various ongoing and new development projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), out of total allocations of Rs 700 billion earmarked for the current fiscal year 2015-16. According to the data of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, out of these total allocations, Rs 18,692 million have been ... Read More »

Pakistan to enjoy GSP Plus till 2023

ISLAMABAD: The concessions to Pakistan given by the European Union (EU) to Pakistan under GSP Plus scheme will continue till the year 2023. According to the official sources in the Ministry of Commerce here, under the GSP Plus framework, the EU and Pakistan have engaged into a very open and constructive programme to share information on sustainable development issues such ... Read More »