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Indian caught with 1kg gold tucked into his underwear

HYDERABAD:  For the second time in two weeks, an Indian landing in Hyderabad from Bangkok has been caught trying to smuggle in gold in his underwear. Customs officials found a man with a kilo’s worth of gold biscuits tucked into his underpants. The bars had been wrapped in several layers of carbon paper in an attempt to make the metal ... Read More »

US Customs frisk Miss Universe’s frock

NEW YORK: An integral piece of Miss Universe Australia’s kit has been given a shakedown by American Customs officers while en route to Moscow for this weekend’s contest. Miss Australia Olivia Wells was travelling with her gown, which is inspired by the Great Barrier Reef, to the competition three weeks ago when she was made to unpack the dress because ... Read More »

Vietnamese Customs department to seek relaxed law for importers

HO CHI MINH CITY: With importers repeatedly lamenting a new regulation that delays the transportation of their goods from seaports to warehouses by up to ten days, the General Customs Department will call for relevant agencies to loosen the law. The general department is scheduled to work with several ministries including public security, agriculture, industry and trade, health, and transport ... Read More »

Four vehicle smugglers arrested

LAKKI MARWAT: Four vehicle smugglers have been arrested near the Tajori town, while smuggling a non-Customs paid car. Acting on a tipoff about possible attempt of stolen and NCP vehicles’ smuggling to Punjab from Frontier Region, a police team was deployed in the area, said SDPO Naurang Liaqat Shah. “A check points was established on roads near Tajori town,” he ... Read More »

Pakistan, BD to share strengths for economic wellbeing

LAHORE: Pakistan and Bangladesh will share their respective sectoral strengths with each other for the economic wellbeing of the two countries. This was agreed at a meeting between Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Suhrab Hussain and LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari. Honorary Consul General Qazi Humayun Fareed, SAARC CCI Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, former LCCI Vice President Saeeda Nazar, ... Read More »

Customs seizes smuggled cloths worth Rs12m

KARACHI: Anti-Smuggling Organisation of Pakistan Customs has seized smuggling goods worth Rs12 million and arrested the alleged smuggler. Acting on a tipoff about smuggling of Afghan transit cloths into the city, a team of anti-smuggling unit stopped a suspicious trailer near Dubai Centre for a search, which was found to be full of smuggled cloths. The driver of the vehicle, ... Read More »

Customs for curbing cattle smuggling from Balochistan to Iran

ISLAMABAD: Customs authorities have decided to take strict action against livestock smuggling from Balochistan to Iran as the smugglers are transporting animals by simply obtaining NOCs from local administration of different districts. The Customs officials have raised the issue with the Chief Secretary of Balochistan for curbing the practice with stern administrative steps and urged him to direct the district ... Read More »

KCCI extends support to PYMA in resolving taxation issue

KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President A Abdullah Zaki has extended his full support to Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association (PYMA) for resolving a major issue pertaining to 2 per cent sales tax on commercial imports of raw material and 2 per cent value addition sales tax as these illegitimate taxes have resulted in raising the cost of ... Read More »

FPCCI President chairs D-8 FCCI meeting in Tehran

KARACHI: The President of FPCCI and President of D-8 Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (D-8 FCCI), Zubair Ahmed Malik, has chaired the first committee meeting on finalisation of D-8 FCCI Statute in Tehran. The meeting was attended by the presidents of chambers of commerce of five member countries including Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Nigeria. The meeting discussed ... Read More »

Pakistan wants trade not aid: KATI chief to US embassy official

KARACHI: Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Patron-in-Chief SM Muneer has told Senior Commercial Officer of US Embassy in Pakistan David McNeil that he has high hopes that positive results of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with President Barack Obama will come soon. Speaking at a meeting of KATI with David McNeil, Muneer said that Pakistan has suffered tremendous ... Read More »

Business community urged to avoid manufacturing, selling toy guns

KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Senior Vice President Muffasar A Malik has urged the business community to refrain from manufacturing, importing and selling toy guns as it is negatively impacting on growing minds and personalities of children. Referring to a recent letter sent by Karachi Division Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui to the Chamber, the KCCI SVP said ... Read More »

GSP-Plus status big success: APTMA

LAHORE: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab Chairman S M Tanveer has said that Pakistan has achieved first-ever milestone leading towards the GSP-Plus status for its textile and clothing industry in the EU, as the International Trade Committee of EU has approved the duty-free status for Pakistan with a majority vote. He lauded the effective and successful diplomatic initiatives ... Read More »

LCCI lauds EU’s move to grant free market access

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has welcomed EU Parliament’s International Trade Committee move to grant duty-free market access to Pakistan that would help give considerable boost to exports and create new jobs in the country. In a statement issued here, LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari, Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif Anwar ... Read More »

US Customs recovers stolen motorcycle after 46 years

OMAHA, US: California Customs authorities have recovered a 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 stolen in 1967 at the Port of Los Angeles. Donald DeVault wonders what kind of memories his Triumph motorcycle helped make in the 46 years since it was stolen, and he’s looking forward to making more of his own when it’s returned. The bike was about to be ... Read More »

Chinese Customs busts 2 smuggling rings, seizes ivory worth $98.8m

XIAMEN: Chinese Customs has smashed two smuggling rings responsible for illegally importing almost 12 tons of elephant tusks worth 603 million yuan (US$98.8 million) in the biggest smuggling case China’s Customs has cracked in recent years. In the first case, a Fujian native man surnamed Chen, coordinated a transcontinental smuggling ring between China and Africa in order to meet increasing ... Read More »

JFK Airport customs kiosks pay off in shorter wait times

NEW YORK: Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL)’s financing of automated passport-control kiosks at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport cut wait times in half a month into their use, according to US Customs and Border Protection statistics. The average wait for all time slots is now 16.6 minutes, down from 34.9 minutes in October 2012, according to agency data. ... Read More »

Ishaq Dar chairs ECC meeting

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar has chaired a meeting of Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), which has approved a proposal of Ministry of Industries for procurement of 150,000 MT of sugar from domestic sugar mills by Trading Corporation of Pakistan for supply to Utility Stores Corporation (USC). The ECC also decided to place before it a comprehensive policy ... Read More »

FBR to reorganise PRAL

ISLAMABAD: FBR is reportedly going to reorganise Pakistan Revenue Automaton Limited (PRAL) in order to monitor and evaluate performance of the organisation. Sources said that the Board of Directors’ meeting, to reconstitute PRAL and to end influence of few officials on the organisation, would be convened, after the Board in Council meeting during the current month. The method of reconstituting ... Read More »

Indian Customs confiscates Miss Asia Pacific winner’s crown of diamonds

MUMBAI: The Indian Customs officials have confiscated the crown of Miss Asia Pacific 2013 Srishti Rana, who bagged the prize in South Korea recently. The Customs officials, who say the crown is diamond-studded and hence dutiable, seized the crown at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport when the 21-year-old beauty returned from South Korea. Officials said Rana arrived at the airport, changed ... Read More »

6,000kg non-customs paid cloth, one vehicle seized

LAHORE: Model Customs Collectorate’s anti-smuggling wing has impounded 6,000kg of non-customs-paid cloth during a raid on Band Road. Sources said that the cloth was being smuggled to Shahalam Market from Peshawar, adding that the market value of the cloth is Rs3 million. They said that a case has been registered against the culprit. Meanwhile, another scout of the wing has ... Read More »