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NIRC rejects objections against FBR Union’s election

LAHORE: All complaints filed against the Federal Revenue Alliance Employees Union (FRAEU) has been rejected by the National Industrial Relation Commission of Pakistan (NIRC) as the commission has also okayed the Union’s internal election of for next three years, besides favouring amendments in the constitution of the union. FRAEU Central President Mian Abdul Qayyum has lauded the verdict and greeted ... Read More »

Customs assures garments exporters of clearing rebate claims

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has vowed to refund the garments exporters’ stuck up claims against rebate as soon as possible. Customs officials pledged this in a meeting with the delegation of Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufactures and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) at Customs House. MCC Port Qasim Collector Agha Shahid Majeed and Collector Exports Dr Wasif Memon also assured the exporters of addressing ... Read More »

PTBA urges FBR to extend deadline of filing IT returns

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) has demanded Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to extend the date of e-filing of income tax returns by December 15, 2013. In a letter sent to FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa, PTBA said that it seems impossible to file income tax returns within extended deadline as there are serious problems in FBR’s website. It said ... Read More »

Pak-India trade can be enhanced up to $10b

LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Acting President Mian Tariq Misbah has said that the trade volume between India and Pakistan can be increased up to $10 billion. He said that non-tariff barriers, difficulty in visa issuance and other problems faced by traders should be controlled to enhance trade. He said that improvement in trade between the two ... Read More »

Nepalese Customs to go online

KATHMANDU: Import and export in Nepal will take place through online system from next year as the government is working to introduce information technology (IT) based Customs procedure. Government officials said that the IT system was being adopted under the reformation of Nepal’s Customs administration, which aims to ensure trade facilitation. Nepal’s Customs administration has been characterised of being bureaucratic, ... Read More »

Thai Customs seizes 122 smuggled pangolins heading for China

BANGKOK: Thai Customs officials seize 122 live pangolins before they are smuggled out of the country for food. Thai Customs officials seized the pangolins, a scaly animal, as they were being smuggled from Indonesia and Malaysia bound for China and Vietnam. Several species of the mammal have been designated as endangered and any trade is banned by the Convention on ... Read More »

Customs seizes 60,000 litres smuggled Iranian diesel

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has seized two launches carrying smuggled Iranian diesel worth millions of rupees from the open sea. Each launch was carrying 30,000 litres of diesel and the total quantity of diesel is 60,000 litres. Both the launches have been seized along with the diesel. Read More »

Supreme Court Karachi registry to hear missing containers case on Nov 25

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Govt to expand fishing business, exports: Michael

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael has said that the government is evolving a fresh fisheries policy with a clear view to augment export of the country’s key seafood products especially tuna and shrimp species. Being the chief guest at a seminar on Promoting Rights Based Approaches for Fishermen, jointly organised by WWF-Pakistan and Marine Fisheries Department ... Read More »

FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa is due in Karachi on Sunday evening

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Karachi business community suggests railway track for ATT

KARACHI: Prominent figures from Karachi’s business community including former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), and former Chairman of Sindh Board of Investment (BoI) have suggested that all cargo coming under Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) should be dispatched to Afghanistan through freight trains. Former Sindh BoI chairman Muhammad Zubair said that previously Pakistan Railways was pushed back ... Read More »

Apex court orders to book FTO, NAB chairman in NICL case

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered to register case against Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) Abdul Rauf Chaudhry and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry for creating hurdles in probe into the NICL case. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry concluded the hearing of the case last week and had saved the verdict in ... Read More »

Police again ‘confiscate’ containers to block roads

KARACHI: Police and law enforcement agencies have once again ‘confiscated’ containers and heavy vehicles from the transporters to block the main roads in the backdrop of countrywide protests against the Rawalpindi incident. The confiscation of containers and other heavy vehicles causing troubles to the importers, exporters and transporters, and also halted trade activities in the country. In Karachi, the roads ... Read More »

Protests against Customs House attack halt Nato supplies, trade activities

LANDI KOTAL: The activities of Customs clearance remained suspended on Friday in protest against the suicide attack on Torkham Customs House in Landi Kotal. Sources said that Nato supplies including Pak-Afghan transit and other trade activities have been suspended in protest against Thursday’s suicide blast in Khyber Agency. At least two people were killed and 25 injured in attack at ... Read More »

Dar urged to stop FBR’s raids on paint industry

LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has urged Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to stop intelligence units of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) from conducting raids at paint manufacturing units, which are creating unrest and harassment among the business community. LCCI Acting President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif were talking to a 50-member large delegation of ... Read More »

Five captive Customs officials recovered from Jiwani, Inspector Jamal still missing: Sources

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Pakistani held at UK airport with heroin

LEEDS, UK: A Pakistani air steward who was arrested after 2.5kg of heroin was found inside his luggage at the Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA), was charged and remanded into custody by a magistrates’ court. Syed Shahrukh Shah, who arrived on a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight from Islamabad, was arrested by UK Border Force officials and was charged with ... Read More »

Australia-US customs to share intelligence

SYDNEY: Australia will boost its intelligence sharing with the United States customs and border protection service, despite the recent high-profile leaks of Australian intelligence activities by US agencies. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the Australian and US customs and border protection agencies have agreed to a formal strategic partnership from 2014, which will see two Australian officers posted to the ... Read More »

US Customs seizes ‘priceless’ ancient Korean seals

CALIFORNIA: US customs agents have seized a horde of “priceless” ancient Korean artefacts, brought to California by US a serviceman deployed in the Korean War six decades ago. The nine seals of the Korean Empire and Joseon Dynasty were recovered in San Diego, after a local man approached a Washington-based antiques dealer seeking to have them valued. The dealer alerted ... Read More »

Customs Houses to remain open on Nov 23

ISLAMABAD: All the Model Customs Collectorates will remain open and observe normal working hours on Nov 23 (Saturday) in order to facilitate the trade and industry in getting their cargo cleared for imports/exports and payment of duty and taxes. The Chief Collectors may kindly coordinate with management of the State Bank of Pakistan and National Bank of Pakistan to provide ... Read More »