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Lankans arrested for gold smuggling

COLOMBO: Two Sri Lankans have been arrested at the Tiruchi airport with gold smuggled via Colombo. About 2.8kg of gold allegedly smuggled by three persons, who arrived in Tiruchi by a Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Colombo, was seized by Customs officials at the Tiruchi airport. An Indian newspaper reported that the seizure was made during checks conducted by the ... Read More »

Vegetable, fruit trade reaches $1.75b in first half of 2013: Dubai Customs

DUBAI: Dubai has bolstered its good standing in the fruit and vegetable trade by fostering growth in the international trade of these items. According to statistics issued by Dubai Customs, the emirate’s trade in these foodstuffs amounted to about AED 6.4b ($1.75b) in the first half of 2013, compared to AED 5.4b in the first half of 2012. This increase ... Read More »

Indonesia executes Pakistani drug smuggler

JAKARTA: The Indonesian authorities have executed a Pakistani man who was convicted of smuggling drugs into the country. Attorney General’s Office spokesman Setia Untung Arimuladi says Muhammad Abdul Hafeez was shot dead by a firing squad early Sunday in Banten province, west of Jakarta. The 44-year-old Hafeez was arrested in June 2001 upon arrival at Soekarno-Hatta airport after customs officers ... Read More »

Six Customs officials kidnapped in Jiwani

GWADAR: At least 20-35 armed persons have kidnapped six Customs officials, including inspector Manzoor Jamali. According to details, Customs officials were intercepted in Jewani area at gun point during their routine patrol and shifted to an unknown place. Reportedly, the kidnappers also took the vehicle and weapons of the officials. Other officials also included Saleem Rashid, Hassan Junaid, Yaqoob, Abdul Samad. Read More »

Goods transporters call off strike after successful talks with Ishaq Dar, Governor Sindh

KARACHI: Goods transporters have called off their prolonged strike after successful talks with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad, Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael and other high officials of Sindh Government. Shakoor Alam, senior member of United Goods Transporters Alliance, while talking to Customs Today confirmed that they have called off their strike after successful talks with ... Read More »

Achieving the tax target

Despite the difficult history of revenue collection over the last few years, the government set the ambitious target of Rs.2475 billion for the current year. The original tax collection target in the 2012-13 budget was Rs2,381 billion which was later revised downward to Rs2,191 billion. Half way through the year the target was further slashed to Rs2,050 billion and then ... Read More »

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 »

Michael bent on putting ports and shipping industry back on track

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said that forceful encroachment by different corrupt groups at Port Qasim is a matter of great concern and an Anti-Encroachment Cell has been set up to halt this illegal practice at the earliest. The cell was not fully functional before but we have now made it a powerful authority to deal with ... Read More »

‘FBR delays refund cases to show more growth, hoodwink IMF’

LAHORE: Former president Lahore Tax Bar Association (LTBA) Zahid Attiq Chaudhry said that 25 percent growth in revenue collection during first 4 months of 2013-14 was nothing but jugglery of words and the Board was delaying Rs 20billion refund cases to demonstrate the growth. Through delayed refund, FBR was hoodwinking both the government and IMF. Revenue was actually increased due ... Read More »

FBR notifies transfer of 8 PCS officers

ISLAMABAD: FBR transferred and posted 8 officers of the Pakistan Customs Service (BS-18-20) with immediate effect. According to the notification, Syed Tanveer Ahmad (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Director, Directorate of Reforms and Automation (Customs), Karachi. Amer Rashid Sheikh (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-19) has been posted as Additional Director, Directorate of Reforms and Automation (Customs), Karachi. Irfan ... Read More »

Shanghai Customs investigates 121 pythons smuggler

SHANGHAI: Shanghai Customs is investigating a passenger who brought 121 ball pythons from Hong Kong to Shanghai. The ball pythons, which are native to Africa, were discovered in an x-ray luggage check at Pudong International Airport. The passenger, a Chinese man in his 30s, didn’t declare the snakes when he took a flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai. When questioned by ... Read More »

FBR establishes more than 200 Tax Facilitation Kiosks for taxpayers’ facilitation

ISLAMABAD: FBR has established more than 200 Tax Facilitation Kiosks (KIOSKs)/Tax Facilitation Centres (TFCs) throughout the country on places like important business centres, shopping malls, offices of Traders’ Associations and important markets where maximum number of taxpayers can avail the facility. In order to facilitate the taxpayers for filing the returns of income for the tax year 2013, the knowledgeable ... 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 »

Over 200 containers ‘confiscated’ by police during Muharram

KARACHI: The city police have started confiscating containers and heavy vehicles forcibly for cordoning off the main arteries and roads owing to security reasons on 8th, 9th and 10th Muharram amid the strike called by the transporters’ bodies. According to the survey conducted by Customs Today, the Karachi Police have impounded over 200 containers to block some major roads and ... Read More »

Transporters vow to continue strike till acceptance of demands

KARACHI: The country’s poor economy is undergoing another bad period, as the strike of United Goods Transporters Association (UGTA) and its other ally bodies has entered the seventh consecutive day. The leaders of transporters’ bodies, during the demonstration at Kharadar truck stand, have vowed to continue their strike till the fulfilment of their demands. Addressing to the protesting transporters, UGTA ... 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 »