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US Customs agents seize $1.3m worth of methamphetamine

CALEXICO: A Mexicali resident was detained after US Customs and Border discovered roughly $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicle at the east port. According to the case court complaint, the incident occurred when the driver of a 2002 Ford pickup, Ernesto Gonzalez Solano, was referred to secondary for closer inspection. Following x-ray scans and canine alerts to ... Read More »

20kg gold seized at Shahjalal airport in Dhaka

DHAKA: Customs officials have seized 160 gold bars weighing 20kg from a flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital. The gold was dumped in a lavatory bin of a flight of Regent Airways which landed at the airport around 5:15am, said Wazed Ali, assistant commissioner of Customs. None was arrested in this connection. The gold bars were found ... Read More »

Sri Lanka Customs on strict vigil for gold smugglers to India

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini has said that the department is keeping a close watch on passengers, especially on Chennai and Mumbai flights, moving out of the Bandaranaike International Airport. He said local authorities have arrested several such smugglers to India in the recent past. The smugglers take advantage of the comparatively low prices of gold in Sri ... Read More »

Govt urged to take action against investors for importing used cars illegally

LAHORE: Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) Director General Abdul Waheed and Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) Chairman Usman Malik have alleged that the importers of used cars are involved in illegal activities and urged the government to hold them accountable for violating the constitution of Pakistan. In a joint statement, both the traders’ leaders said that the ... Read More »

Reduce forex cap to $3,000 for travellers: Customs suggests SBP

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has urged the State Bank of Pakistan to change the regulations on taking out foreign currency abroad by an individual and has suggested the SBP to reduce it to $3,000 from $10,000 or cap an amount of $25,000 per annum to a person. According to Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive S M Tariq Huda, the passengers, ... Read More »

APTMA urges India to open its market to Pakistani goods

KARACHI: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Yasin Siddique has urged the Indian authorities to remove non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to boost bilateral trade between the two neighbouring countries. Speaking while welcoming the 15-member delegation of Indian journalists led by Mumbai Press Club President Gurbir Singh at APTMA house, Siddik said that Pakistan’s business community has welcomed the most-favoured nation ... Read More »

Customs, LEAs join hands against smugglers

KARACHI: A joint operation has been launched against illegally-constructed petrol pumps along with the Northern Bypass in order to comply with the directives of Supreme Court regarding the joint efforts against smuggled and contraband goods. This was revealed by Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive S M Tariq Huda while addressing a press conference at Custom House. Apprising the details ... Read More »

Pakistan Customs seizes smuggled goods worth Rs205m in 24 days

KARACHI: The economy of the country has borne a revenue loss of Rs20 billion due to smuggling of petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) products. This was revealed by Chief Collector Enforcement (South) Muhammad Yahya while addressing a press conference at Customs House, Karachi. Muhammad Yahya said that the Enforcement is going towards a right direction and a Rapid Deployment Force ... Read More »

No concession to randomly selected cases for audit: FBR

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue will not grant any relief, special concession or relaxation to the cases selected for audit through random computer balloting for Tax Year 2012. Sources said that the registered persons, selected for audit, should cooperate with tax officers for completion of their audit in a routine manner. FBR has no intention to give any kind of ... Read More »

Operation against drug smuggling launched

KARACHI: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has launched Operation ‘Umeed-e-Nau’ against drug trafficking activities. FC Brig Muhammad Abuzar said this while addressing a press conference here at ANF Regional Directorate, Karachi. He informed the media that ANF with the help of other law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) has conducted total 93 raids in which 57 have been conducted in Karachi. “During the raids, ... Read More »

Dubai Customs promotes The Big 5 Dubai 2013 exhibition

DUBAI: Dubai Customs has enhanced its activities to boost mega events in the city through customs facilitations offered to participants. Pre-arrangements are being carried out to ensure they benefit from the temporary admission system for their goods, under which exhibitors are relieved from paying customs duties till the events in which they are partaking end and they are to take ... Read More »

Customs warning as Sydney school kids recruited to import illegal drugs

SYDNEY: Australian Customs officials has revealed that an international crime syndicate is using Sydney high school students as drug mules, with two teenagers already facing possible charges. Officers from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service are contacting parents and principals at three schools in the city’s inner-west amid revelations students have been paid to accept packages from China. The ... Read More »

Indian woman held for smuggling 26kg gold

KERALA: A woman accused of smuggling 26 kg of gold from Dubai two months back has been detained nearby Chavakad. Arifa Faris (27) was held at Chavakad on an order by the Principal Secretary, Home Department, N Radhakrishnan. Police said the charge against her was that she had thrice smuggled 26kg of gold on behalf of Fayaz, an accused in ... Read More »

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 »

No room for corrupt officers in FBR: Bajwa

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Tariq Bajwa has warned the Customs officials that there is ‘no room’ for the corrupt officials in FBR. FBR Chairman said this while discussing different matters pertaining to revenue generation, target achievements and missing containers with the high officials during the visit to Customs House, Karachi. Tariq Bajwa asked the officials concerned to ... 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 »

FBR to present details of imported arms in SC: Yahya

KARACHI: Chief Collector (South) Enforcement Muhammad Yayha said that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected all the relevant details and record of the imported arms and ammunition for last three years in order to present it in the next hearing of missing containers case in Supreme Court, Karachi Registry on November 25 (Monday). Muhammad Yahya while Talking to Customs ... Read More »

All glitches of FBR Portal removed

ISLAMABAD: All known issues of e-filing system have been removed at FBR Portal and the taxpayers & tax consultants are making maximum use of the e-filing system. Despite public holiday today, speed of return filing was about 500 returns per hour. On Saturday, up to 7pm, 89,541 returns were received electronically by FBR that is about one third of the ... Read More »