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Malaysia Customs launches ‘SicpaMobile 45’ to detect accuracy of info on liquor

PETALING JAYA: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) launched a high-tech gadget known as the ‘Sicpa Mobile 45’ or ‘SM 45’ specifically to detect the validity of information displayed on hard drink bottles here the other day. JKDM deputy director-general (enforcement and compliance) Datuk Matrang Suhaili said the use of the SM 45 could help his staff to check the ... Read More »

China, New Zealand Customs to enhance trade facilitation

CANBERRA: Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says New Zealand and China Customs authorities are going to establish a system to enhance trade assurance and facilitation under the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement. Ms Wagner and NZ Customs officials met with the Vice Minister of the General Administration of China Customs Mr Sun Yibiao and his delegation in Auckland today to ... Read More »

Penalty of S$673,084.80: Former Singapore Customs officer sentenced to five years

SINGAPORE: A former Singapore Customs officer sentenced to five years’ jail and ordered to pay a penalty of S$673,084.80 for corruption and abetting four Indian nationals to fraudulently claim Goods and Services Tax (GST) tourist refunds here the other day. Of the amount, S$11,400 was for corruption offences and S$661,684.80 was a penalty of three times the amount of GST ... Read More »

Hong Kong Customs seizes 92 tonnes endangered rosewood, clutches two culprits

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs officers have smashed the city’s biggest illegal wood-smuggling case in a decade, seizing some 92 tonnes of an endangered species commonly known as Honduras rosewood. The haul, revealed here the other day, was worth HK$3 million and was found in four cargo containers which arrived in the city from Guatemala via Mexico. A husband, 52, ... Read More »

Hong Kong Customs seizes 92 tonnes endangered rosewood, clutches two culprits

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs officers have smashed the city’s biggest illegal wood-smuggling case in a decade, seizing some 92 tonnes of an endangered species commonly known as Honduras rosewood. The haul, revealed here the other day, was worth HK$3 million and was found in four cargo containers which arrived in the city from Guatemala via Mexico. A husband, 52, ... Read More »

Penalty of S$673,084.80: Former Singapore Customs officer sentenced to five years

SINGAPORE: A former Singapore Customs officer sentenced to five years’ jail and ordered to pay a penalty of S$673,084.80 for corruption and abetting four Indian nationals to fraudulently claim Goods and Services Tax (GST) tourist refunds here the other day. Of the amount, S$11,400 was for corruption offences and S$661,684.80 was a penalty of three times the amount of GST ... Read More »

Kuwait Customs chief stresses steps towards pan-Arab customs union

KUWAIT CITY: General Manager of Kuwait General Administration of Customs (KGAC) Khaled Al-Saif highlighted the importance of accelerating steps towards pan-Arab customs union in order to promote integration among, and prod growth of, the Arab economies here the other day. The 33rd session of the general managers of the Arab customs departments is mulling ways to standardize the customs measures ... Read More »

Kuwait Customs ready to fight witchcraft smuggling with Saudi help

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s customs authorities have decided to seek help from Saudi counter-sorcery units to combat the smuggling of witchcraft items into the oil-rich Gulf emirate. A well-known Saudi raqi (spiritual healer) is to travel to Kuwait to train the customs officials at Nuwaisib border outlet between the two countries, on how to detect and dismantle magic work, according to ... Read More »

Border control through collaboration helps eradicate crime: Malaysia Customs DG

LABUAN: Collaboration among the enforcement agencies in border security controls has yielded tremendous success particularly in addressing maritime related criminal activities. Malaysia Royal Customs and Excise Department Director-General Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said here the other day that collaboration had reduced cost economically, enhanced risk management competency, reduced transportation cost and waiting time, enhanced service delivery and resulted in savings ... Read More »

Kuwait Customs chief stresses steps towards pan-Arab customs union

KUWAIT CITY: General Manager of Kuwait General Administration of Customs (KGAC) Khaled Al-Saif highlighted the importance of accelerating steps towards pan-Arab customs union in order to promote integration among, and prod growth of, the Arab economies here the other day. The 33rd session of the general managers of the Arab customs departments is mulling ways to standardize the customs measures ... Read More »

Kuwait Customs ready to fight witchcraft smuggling with Saudi help

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s customs authorities have decided to seek help from Saudi counter-sorcery units to combat the smuggling of witchcraft items into the oil-rich Gulf emirate. A well-known Saudi raqi (spiritual healer) is to travel to Kuwait to train the customs officials at Nuwaisib border outlet between the two countries, on how to detect and dismantle magic work, according to ... Read More »

Brunei customs fines $2000 to Malaysian for not declaring goods

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: A Malaysian man was fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to failing to declare goods to customs while transiting through Brunei here the other day. The court document states that on January 26, Wong Sie Hung, 51, a driver for a company in Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia, submitted a customs transit declaration to customs officers at the Sungai Tujoh ... Read More »

Hong Kong Customs seizes fake cosmetics goods worth $5,000, clutches two culprits

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs officers have made a seizure of fake cosmetic goods that are thought to be worth around $5,000. The Hong Kong Customs’ Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau said it raided two retail shops of a syndicate and seized about 100 items of suspected counterfeit cosmetic products; two female salespersons, aged 17 and 23, were arrested. The items ... Read More »

Border control through collaboration helps eradicate crime: Malaysia Customs DG

LABUAN: Collaboration among the enforcement agencies in border security controls has yielded tremendous success particularly in addressing maritime related criminal activities. Malaysia Royal Customs and Excise Department Director-General Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said here the other day that collaboration had reduced cost economically, enhanced risk management competency, reduced transportation cost and waiting time, enhanced service delivery and resulted in savings ... Read More »

US Savannah Airport to launch customs federal inspection services

NEW YORK: The Savannah Airport Commission instructed staff to begin looking into the possibility of building a US Customs Federal Inspection Services or FIS site at the airport for international flights, cargo and agricultural products. The move came after Canada’s Porter Airlines, which the Savannah airport had been courting for some time, announced late last year it would begin seasonal ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Customs to work 24/7 to improve trade efficiency: Finance Minister

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Customs service will work round – the –clock in order to improve the service offered to the people and improve island’s trade efficiency, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said here the other day. “In an endeavor to improve the service offered to the people of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Customs will extend their services on a round ... Read More »

Hong Kong Customs seizes fake cosmetics goods worth $5,000, clutches two culprits

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs officers have made a seizure of fake cosmetic goods that are thought to be worth around $5,000. The Hong Kong Customs’ Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau said it raided two retail shops of a syndicate and seized about 100 items of suspected counterfeit cosmetic products; two female salespersons, aged 17 and 23, were arrested. The items ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Customs to work 24/7 to improve trade efficiency: Finance Minister

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Customs service will work round – the –clock in order to improve the service offered to the people and improve island’s trade efficiency, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said here the other day. “In an endeavor to improve the service offered to the people of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Customs will extend their services on a round ... Read More »

Court allows Hong Kong Customs to confiscate illegal properties worth $112 million

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs successfully obtained a Confiscation Order under the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance from the Court of First Instance to confiscate $112 million worth of properties in Hong Kong and Singapore in connection with a suspected case of money laundering. Following investigations conducted in 2013, Hong Kong Customs unveiled a suspected case involving the laundering of ... Read More »

Court bars Kuwait Customs to collect duty on cars paid in GCC country

KUWAIT CITY: In a crucial verdict applicable to many companies, individuals and car dealers, the Partial Civil Commercial Section at the Court of First Instance chaired by Judge Sami Al- Huraiti ruled that Ministry of Finance and General Customs Department does not have the right to collect customs tariff on vehicles whose customs duties are already paid in a GCC ... Read More »