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Bangladesh police arrest human smuggling “godfather”

DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested a human trafficking “godfather” in a fresh crackdown on smugglers amid fears of a resumption of the racket that sparked a regional migrant crisis earlier this year, an officer said here the other day. Police have arrested at least 20 traffickers in the past month including alleged kingpin Dil Mohammad on the weekend in the ... Read More »

Russia’s FSKN seizes 3kg heroin worth $91,000

MOSCOW: Officers from the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) seized 3 kilograms of heroin worth 6 million rubles ($91,000) and detained a band of drug dealers here the other day, the TASS news agency reported. The drug dealers, according to FSKN spokespeople, were Uzbek and Tajik nationals. They had rented an apartment in Moscow where they packaged the drugs, which ... Read More »

China, Japan, S.Korea expanding port alert system after Tianjin explosions

BEIJING: China, Japan, and South Korea are expanding an initiative aimed at sharing information, particularly warnings of danger, following the deadly explosions that rocked Tianjin port last month. The ports of Ulsan and Pyeongtaek, in South Korea; Shaoxing and Jiaxing, in China; and Yokkaichi and Niigata, in Japan; will join the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network, bringing its membership ... Read More »

Customs Appellate Tribunal reserves verdict on Euro Duty Free license cancellation case  

ISLAMABAD: The Customs Appellate Tribunal (CAT) has reserved decision of the case regarding cancellation of license of a company, Euro Duty Free. A two-member division bench, headed by CAT Chairman, Ghulam Murtaza Bhatti and comprising another member Khalid Mehmood, heard the case. The Euro Duty Free (company) filed a petition in CAT, seeking the court to set aside customs deputy ... Read More »

Customs Intelligence seizes contraband items, vehicle worth Rs 5m

LAHORE: Customs Investigation and Intelligence has seized contraband goods, including a vehicle, Nokia smart phones and other items worth Rs 5.38 million. Sources said that on the information of Customs Intelligence Director Saud Imran and on the instructions of Additional Director Rizwan Salabat and Deputy Director Salma Afzal, the intelligence team seized 611 smart phones of Nokia brand worth Rs ... Read More »

Collector Mujtaba’s ASO team seizes smuggled items worth Rs 74m

HYDERABAD: The Customs Anti-Smuggling Organisation (ASO) Hyderabad has confiscated smuggled items worth Rs 74.31 million during July-September of the current fiscal year 2015-16, marking 64 percent growth as compared to Rs 45.1 million of the same period last year. The ASO teams, following the direction of Collector Model Customs Collectorate Hyderabad, Ahmad Mujtaba Memon, conducted various operations in Hyderabad, Sukkur ... Read More »

Collector Dr Saifuddin Junejo committed to enhancing exports

KARACHI: Collector MCC Exports Dr Saifuddin Junejo says he is raising working environment of the collectorate to help increase Pakistan’s exports. During an exclusive interview with Customs Today, the Collector said he will put up all his efforts to facilitate the exporters. “I am streamlining the working atmosphere in the collectorate which had become messed up.” “The offices of the ... Read More »

FBR Member IR Ashraf Khan to visit RTO Multan today‏

MULTAN: Member Inland Revenue (Operations) Ashraf Khan will visit Regional Tax Office Multan on (Friday) today. According to details, Ashraf Khan Member Inland Revenue (IR) operations will chair a meeting in which he will discuss significant matters of Regional Tax Office Multan. Member IR Ashraf Khan will evaluate the performance of the Regional Tax Office during the meeting. Regional Tax Office ... Read More »

Customs Adjudication issues ONO against Huma Textile on titanium dioxide import

KARACHI: The Collectorate of Customs Adjudication-II has issued an Order-in-Original against M/s Huma Textile for under-invoicing in import of titanium dioxide under SRO 638(I)/2005 dated 27.6.2005, causing loss of Rs 931,429. According to details, the Directorate of Post Clearance Audit, Customs Karachi, while scrutinizing data of importers relating of claiming of admissible/inadmissible concessions in taxes, found that the importer had ... Read More »

Judgement in 12,000 tola gold smuggling case deferred

KARACHI: The judgment in a long–drawn gold smuggling case was deferred on Thursday for the second time. The Special Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling has set September 29 for the pronouncement of the judgment. Earlier, Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi had reserved the verdict in the case and fixed August 29 for its judgment but it could not be announced on ... Read More »

FBR suspends performance allowance of Multan Customs employees

MULTAN: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has stopped performance allowance of all the employees of the Directorate of Customs and Intelligence Multan Range except three for not declaring their assets within the prescribed time. According to FBR notification, the employees of Multan Customs and intelligence will not get the performance allowance for next three months due to non-submission of assets declaration but ... Read More »

NLC, ADB to establish terminal on Pak-Afghan border to facilitate exporters

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan National Logistic Cell (NLC), with support of the Asian Developmental Bank (ADB), will establish an NLC terminal for importers and exporters over 432 kanal lands on the Pak-Afghan border. The project will cost Rs 9 billion. This was revealed by Brigadier (r) Nadeem Iqbal Raja and Lieutenant (r) Colonel Waheed Janjua while talking to Vice President All Pakistan Customs Agent ... Read More »

Customs Tribunal hears 17 cases on Thursday

LAHORE: Customs Appellate Tribunal heard 17 cases on Thursday, while all cases were adjourned for next hearings. The special divisional bench of Customs Appellate Tribunal Chairman Ghulam Murtaza Bhatti andn Member Technical Khawja Omer Mehdi heard all the cases. Special divisional bench heard Sakhi Dad versus Customs Lahore, Zainal Textile, Hikmatullah and Muhammad Wali versus Customs Lahore, two cases of ... Read More »

Collector Customs Adjudication issues show cause notice in smuggling case

ISLAMABAD: Collector, Directorate of Customs (Adjudication), Muhammad Ali Raza has issued a show cause notice to Shahbaz Amin in seizure case of smuggled goods of electronics and cloth. Sources told Customs Today that Customs Adjudication directed accused Shahbaz Amin son of Muhammad Amin, a resident of Officers Colony Rawalpindi, to attend the hearing on 30.9 2015 along with documentary evidence. Customs ... Read More »

Customs Sialkot to release Rs 600m rebate during September

SIALKOT: The Model Customs Collectorate Sialkot will release rebate amounting to Rs 600 million during September 2015 to traders. According to sources, Model Customs Collectorate rebate amounting to Rs 320 million was paid to traders during previous fiscal year of 2013-14. The rebate branch is paying rebate to exporters on the export of certain goods and their application processing is finalized ... Read More »

Customs Court hears 11 cases on Thursday

LAHORE: In the Special Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling, 11 different cases were scheduled for hearing on Thursday. No progress was made on cases and all cases were adjourned without any proceedings because no lawyer and parties appeared in the court. Hearing of the bail pleas of accused Meer Gull adjourned till next hearing. Cases scheduled for hearing on ... Read More »

FIA arrests suspects involved in human trafficking

SIALKOT: A special team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), led by inspector Mirza Khizar, raided two consultants office located at Able Plaza Sialkot and arrested four suspects involved in human trafficking. The arrested accused are identified as  Faizan, Nouman, Ali and Kashif along with dozens of passports from them. The FIA also recovered necessary foreign documents, stamps and fake bank statements ... Read More »

Excise starts crackdown against token tax defaulters

LAHORE: The Excise and Taxation Department of Punjab has started operation against token tax and unregistered vehicles throughout the province. According to sources, Director General Punjab Akram Ashraf Gondal directed all regions to carry out special crackdown against token tax defaulters. Excise teams in different regions, specially Lahore, Kasur and Nankana Sahib, seized 35 vehicles on token tax defaults and ... Read More »

NATO containers burning: Customs Appellate Tribunal reserves decision on duty claims

ISLAMABAD: Customs Appellate Tribunal (CAT) has concluded a hearing into NATO containers burning case and reserved decision after counsels of Laguardia Logistics and Customs Collector completed their arguments. The two-member division bench, headed by CAT Chairman, Ghulam Murtaza Bhatti and comprising another member Khalid Mehmood, heard the case. During the hearing of case, Laguardia Logistics’ counsel argued against the imposition and ... Read More »

Customs to launch crackdown on smugglers from October 2

KARACHI: The Customs (Enforcement) South has decided to launch a crackdown on smugglers in Sindh and Balochistan on the directions of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman. According to the sources, the Customs will take action along with police and other law enforcement agencies against smugglers. Customs (enforcement) south Officer Iqbal Nayazi said that the crackdown is likely to start from October 2. The ... Read More »