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Chinese Customs seizes smuggled coffee beverage of Starbucks

BEIJING: Tianjin Customs announced that it has cracked a series of inward smuggling of USA-made Starbucks coffee beverage, in which the smugglers declared abnormal low prices for the cargo. Till now, five of the cases are under criminal investigation, involving a value of CNY25 Million. By comparing prices among different ports, Tianjin Customs found that several firms based in Beijing ... Read More »

Jordan, Turkey sign dozen agreements to enhance ties

AMMAN: Jordan and Turkey Sunday signed about a dozen agreements and protocols to regulate and expand cooperation in a wide range of sectors, after talks between the prime ministers of the two countries. During the talks, attended by ministers and officials from the two countries. Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu discussed bilateral relations and ways ... Read More »

Hanwha, Daewoo win $20 bln Saudi residential project

RIYADH: A consortium including Korean group Hanwha Engineering & Construction has won a $20 billion project to build 100,000 homes in Saudi Arabia, said a report. The housing development plan will mark the largest ever project that a Korean builder has clinched from a foreign country, according to the Korean Herald, citing company officials. Hanwa joined the other consortium partners – ... Read More »

Ministry to launch report on ‘GSP Plus’ tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: A report on ‘GSP-Plus and Compliance with Core Labour’ will be launched on March 29 (Tuesday). The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO), will launch the report in a ceremony. Special Assistance to the Prime Minister Ashtar Ausaf Ali will be chief guest on the occasion, said a press release. ... Read More »

Colombian fruit imports jump in 2015

WASHINGTON: While Colombia may not have the buying power of North America or Europe, with a population of almost 50 million people it is still a significant market outlet for purveyors of non-tropical fruit. Colombia-shutterstock_223855105 map However, in 2015 the South American country was certainly less prospective for its key foreign fruit suppliers – Chile, the U.S. and Peru. Apple ... Read More »

Ningbo Customs busts cosmetics smuggling gang

BEIJING: Ningbo Customs announced that it has captured a cosmetics smuggling gang who smuggled Korean cosmetics inward along with smuggling charcoal outward. The Customs found the suspect, surnamed Li, not only exported charcoal to South Korea but also transported South Korean cosmetics into China. Where did he get those cosmetics? Through analysis, anti-smuggling officers suspected that the cosmetics were smuggled ... Read More »

BPPT Join Forces with Japan for Port Development

JAKARTA: The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) has established cooperation with Japan’s Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI) to address coastal degradation and port development in Indonesia. BPPT said that coastal degradation is one of the issues being faced by Indonesia, besides the issue of inter-islands logistic distribution, which include port management. Wahyu Widodo Pandoe, BPPT’s Director ... Read More »

China Customs seizes 14,824 pairs of infringing shoes worth $150k

BEIJING: The holders of trademarks “ADIDAS”, “NIKE” and “PUMA” confirmed with Xiamen Customs that 14,824 pairs of leisure shoes with aforesaid trademarks, intercepted by affiliated Dongdu Customs House, are all infringing on IPR and therefore they applied for Customs enforcement of IPR protection. It was the first infringement case seized by Dongdu Customs House since December 30 last year. Recently, ... Read More »

Qaim inaugurates farmers festival

KHAIRPUR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has inaugurated Farmers Festival and National Conference here. The event was organised by Sindh Agriculture University of Tando Jam at Khairpur College of Agriculture. The chief minister visited stalls which were set up at the farmers festival and national conference on agriculture and livestock. He appreciated the efforts of the university’s vice ... Read More »

Govt taking steps to enhance mango export: Bosan

MULTAN: The government is taking measures to improve mango export from the country, said Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan, while speaking at the “Kissan Mela” at Fort Qasim Stadium. The minister said the country exported over 120 tonne mangoes to Japan and Korea last year. The prices of mangoes are higher in these countries ... Read More »

China liquor maker Wuliangye reports profit recovery

BEIJING: Wuliangye Yibin Co. Ltd, a leading liquor producer in China, announced rebounding profitability in 2015 on Sunday thanks to rising sales following two years of sharp declines. Net profits of Wuliangye increased 5.85 percent last year to nearly 6.18 billion yuan (about US$950 million), according to an annual financial report filed to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The company’s net ... Read More »

Drunken captain runs ship aground in German port

WASHINGTON: A ship captain is facing charges of endangering naval traffic, after blocking access to the German port of Rostock while he was under the influence of alcohol, police say. The 85-metre (279ft) long cargo ship the Abis Bergen ran aground as he tried to steer it out to sea. Police said he was “absolutely unfit for duty”. The identity of ... Read More »

Customs Intelligence DG Imtiaz to hold meeting on anti-smuggling tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Directorate General of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Director General Imtiaz Ahmad Khan will preside over an important meeting on March 29, 2016 (Tuesday) to discuss ongoing anti-smuggling campaign. The meeting will be held at Customs Intelligence Headquarters, Islamabad and officials of Model Customs Collectorates and intelligence from all over the country will participate in the meeting. Representative of custom ... Read More »

Tevta students to showcase projects in Skills Show

LAHORE: Different projects and models, designed by the students of Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta), will be showcased at two-day National Skills Show 2016. TEVTA and NAVTTC are jointly organising the National Skills Show at Expo Centre Lahore, being started from tomorrow (Tuesday). A large number of enrolled youth and stakeholders of renowned organisations is participating in this ... Read More »

China industrial firms profit rise 4.8% in Jan-Feb

BEIJING: Profits at major industrial firms rose 4.8 percent year-on-year for the first two months of 2016, reversing last year’s downward trend, official data showed on Sunday. Profits at industrial companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan ($3.1 million) totaled 780.7 billion yuan during the January-February period, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The latest numbers ... Read More »

Japan Govt buys control of Yokohama, Kawasaki ports

TOKYO: Japan’s government on Friday acquired a majority 50 percent stake in the company operating the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki for 500 million yen ($4.4 million), allowing the terminal operator to jack up its capital investment. The move is part of a series of steps taken since 2010 to strengthen the international competitiveness of the country’s ports by increasing ... Read More »

Qatar Customs Authority launches disaster recovery site

DOHA: The General Authority of Customs (GAC) has launched a disaster recovery site in co-operation with the Ministry of Transport and Communications and an IT company. The site will serve as a back-up for the continuity of service under the Al Nadeeb system in case of service disruptions due to natural or other disasters, according to a statement, which notes ... Read More »

Al-Jazeera set to cut over 20% of labor force

DOHA: Qatar’s state-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera yesterday announced a fresh round of job cuts with around 500 positions being lost, most of them at the network’s Doha headquarters. On top of existing losses of 700 jobs following an announcement earlier this year that Al-Jazeera America is to close, it means the broadcaster is set to shed more than 20 percent of ... Read More »

Smuggled sugar seized in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY: A cargo vessel loaded with 1,500 sacks of sugar believed to have been smuggled from Malaysia was seized on Easter Sunday in Zamboanga City. Government authorities intercepted the sugar shipment from M/T Fatima-Radz Auna in the waters off Barangay Arena Blanco, a report from the Customs Intelligence Group (CIG) said. The CIG report said the motor launch was ... Read More »

Islamabad Customs seizes cloth, perfumes and tea worth Rs 11m

ISLAMABAD: In an ongoing anti-smuggling campaign, the Model Custom Collectorate seized textile fabric, imported perfumes and black tea worth Rs 11.310 million. Following the credible information received through Islamabad Customs Collector Arslan Subuctagaen, a team of officials under the supervision of Superintendent Zargam Dil conducted raid and intercepted a Mazda Truck bearing Registration No. LES-15-7848 near Rawat. The officials recovered ... Read More »