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US Customs sued for using excessive force

TEXAS: US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is under fire for overstepping their bounds. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas has filed a lawsuit against the US Customs and Border Protection claiming the agency used excessive force. The lawsuit claims a federal officer violated a pregnant woman’s civil rights by searching her and tossing her to the ground ... Read More »

UK Customs seizes record numbers of illegal wildlife items

LONDON: More endangered animal items have been seized in the year up to April 2013 than any other year the Home office has announced. 690 items were seized in total – an increase of 181 on the previous year – including live big cats and tortoises. The Home Office also confiscated hippo teeth, ivory and an alligator skin upholstered Rolls ... Read More »

Govt urged to ban import of tomatoes

LAHORE: The government has been urged to immediately put a ban on import of tomatoes to encourage local productions as the recent hefty increase in the prices of the commodity is only because of the govt’s dependence on the neighbouring country. While expressing a grave concern over steep increase in tomato prices in just a few days, Pakistan Poultry Association ... Read More »

Jordan Customs foils smuggling bids at Queen Alia Airport

AMMAN: Jordan Customs Department (JCD) personnel at Queen Alia International Airport have foiled an attempt to smuggle 243 cellular devices at a cost of JD56,100. JCD personnel also foiled another attempt to smuggle dental tools that were seized during a baggage inspection for an arriving passenger. The two cases were referred to the JCD Prosecutor General to complete the necessary ... Read More »

Gold smuggling through Dhaka airport increases

DHAKA: A record quantity of around 450kg gold had been seized at the Dhaka airport over the last 10 months Gold smuggling through Hajarat Shahjalal International Airport has become rampant after India increased duties and taxes on the import of precious metals, customs and intelligence officials at the airport said. A record quantity of around 450kg gold had been seized ... Read More »

Russia introduces new customs rules

MOSCOW: Russian Customs introduced new rules for the passage of goods across the border with Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian State Border Service informs. “Since November 12, the customs authorities of Russia have begun the implementation of measures to ensure compliance with the transit of goods imported into the customs territory of the Customs Union,” the service reports. ... Read More »

Flying car misses Swiss customs guards

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Why the driver was going at a speed that sent him into the air isn’t yet known, but miraculously, no one was hurt when a car sailed 45 metres through the air at the Thônex-Vallard customs post – over the roof of a foreign exchange office before it landed where customs guards check passing cars. The accident occurred ... Read More »

TCP seals another deal on urea import

KARACHI: Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has sealed another deal for the import of 0.1 million tons of urea and accepted the bid of M/s Keytrade. M/s Keytrade’s bid was the lowest among three others as it offered bid of $352.80 per ton and it also deposited the bid guarantee. M/s Dreymore Fertilizer’s bid was the second lowest with $354.46 ... Read More »

All NBP branches to receive Customs duty payments in Karachi

KARACHI: Importers and Customs agents are being given facility of paying customs duty and other payment at all the designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan in Karachi. Pakistan Revenue Automation (Pvt) Limited (PRAL) is working on the process to facilitate the taxpayers and in this regard, all the NBP-designated branches will start receiving payments from the next month. Earlier, ... Read More »

Gwadar Customs officials arrest smugglers after exchange of firing

GWADAR: Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Gwadar, during an anti-smuggling operation, has arrested smugglers of Afghan transit goods. Chief Collector Enforcement South, Customs Collectorate Gwadar’s Anti-Smuggling Staff, acting on a tipoff, intercepted a couch loaded with Afghan transit smuggled goods like cigarettes and Gutka. The coach was escorted by a Toyota premio car, which opened fire on the Customs. The Customs ... Read More »

Customs foils bid to smuggle watches

RAWALPINDI: Customs officials have foiled bid to smuggle watches at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport and recovered a total of 2,300 precious wrest watches being sent to Bangkok. An official of Customs Department said that the watches were packed in a box, which was being smuggled through a private airline TG-349 in connivance with Customs and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ... Read More »

Pakistani held for smuggling rare turtles at Thai airport

BANGKOK: Thai customs have found over a thousand turtles and tortoises in airport luggage in a week, including a haul of 470 creatures as conservationists warn of “skyrocketing” smuggling for the pet trade. Officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport said a 25-year-old Pakistani man had been arrested on suspicion of wildlife trafficking after four suitcases on a flight from Lahore were found ... Read More »

Transporters block goods supplies to port; strike continues

KARACHI: Transporters are blocking goods supplies to Karachi port as their strike against extortion and trucks hijacking on highways has entered another day. Talking to the media, the transporters have warned if the government did not pay attention to their problems, they would continue their strike for an indefinite period. The protesting transporters said that they are struggling to attract ... Read More »

Foreign orders on stake due to goods transporters’ strike

FAISALABAD: Pakistan Textile Exporters Association Chairman Sheikh Ilyas Mahmood and Vice Chairman Adil Tahir have warned that export activities will completely be halted due to goods transporters’ strike. While talking to the media, they said that export orders worth billions of rupees are on stake and huge foreign orders are feared to be cancelled, which would not only result in ... Read More »

Customs seizes 2,800g heroin at Jinnah Airport

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has seized 2,800 grams of heroin at the Jinnah Airport which was concealed inside a wooden crate of crockery being couriered to Sri Lanka. A Customs official, Qamar Thalho, said that the package was intercepted by a Customs Drug Enforcement Cell team, who worked in collaboration with a prominent courier firm. The sender of the package, booked ... Read More »

FBR initiates plan to improve communication skills of FATE Wing

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has initiated a plan to strengthen skills of Facilitation and Taxpayer Education (FATE) Wing in order to improve communication strategies under the revenue mobilisation project by the World Bank. According to an official document, in this regard the consulting firms are being invited by FBR for consolidating the communication strategy of the revenue body. ... Read More »

Customs officials impound illegal shopping bags, auto spare parts

LAHORE: Model Customs Collectorate’s anti-smuggling wing has seized Rs3.5 million worth of non-customs duty paid shopping bags and auto spare parts in two different raids at Shera Kot and Shahdara. In the first raid at the Shera Kot, the wing seized Iranian-made shopping bags worth Rs2 million which were being smuggled to local market in the City. Similarly, the Customs ... Read More »

Zahoor assumes charge as Quetta MCC Collector

ISLAMABAD: Zahoor Akhtar Raja (PCS/BS-20), in pursuance of Federal Board of Revenue`s notification No. 2620-C-I/2013, dated 04-11-2013, has relinquished charge of the post of Collector, Collectorate of Customs (Adjudication-II), Karachi. He has assumed charge of the post of Collector, Model Customs Collectorate, Quetta. Read More »

FBR, IPO-Pakistan launch operation against smuggled/pirated goods

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue has launched countrywide operation against the smuggled/pirated goods in coordination with the Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan. FBR has issued instructions to all Collectors of Customs in this regard to seriously examine the concerns of IPO-Pakistan for appropriate action. According to FBR instructions to the field formations, FBR has received complaints of IPO-Pakistan on IP ... Read More »

Mumbai Customs look for diamonds, find glass in crown

MUMBAI: The ‘diamonds’ studded in Miss Asia Pacific 2013 Srishti Rana’s crown, which Customs was quick to confiscate citing unpaid duty for the gems, turned out to be pieces of glass. After the report of a valuation expert confirmed this, Customs released the crown. The Mumbai Customs had, on Tuesday, seized the crown of 21-year-old Rana, who bagged the title ... Read More »