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Saudi Arabia to increase garment import from Bangladesh

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has agreed to increase import of readymade garments (RMG), medicine and some other quality products from Bangladesh to meet its increasing domestic needs. Saudi finance minister Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf conveyed the decision to finance minister AMA Muhith at a meeting, held in Riyadh Tuesday, according to a press release, received here today (Thursday) from Bangladesh ... Read More »

Chinese entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh economic sector

DHAKA: Planning Minister A.H.M Mustafa Kamal urged the Chinese entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh, capitalising on its positive demographics, strong economic growth, and rising exports. “Bangladesh will post strong economic growth and see a bullish trend in exports through 2030. Seventy per cent people of the country are around 40 years,” he said. Considering the demographic potential, “You can ... Read More »

India asks Bangladesh to strengthen border security

DHAKA: India has asked Bangladesh to secure its own side of the international border to check citizens of that country from coming towards the border, particularly at night. Meanwhile, both the countries have agreed to work together to prevent narcotics smuggling, which has become a major cause of concern. Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told ... Read More »

India to convince Bangladesh for lifting jute exports ban

DHAKA: Taking note of the steep hike in jute price, the Indian government is likely to approach Bangladesh and ask for the withdrawal of ban on the export of raw jute from that country. Bangladesh government had on November 3 imposed a blanket ban on the outbound shipment of raw jute in order to ensure adequate supply of fibre within ... Read More »

Beirut Air Customs seizes 25kg cocaine at airport

BEIRUT: Beirut Airport customs thwarted an attempt by a Dutch national to smuggle 25 kilograms of cocaine into Lebanon.. Customs at Beirut Rafik Hariri’s International Airport detained a 29-year-old man, who was identified by his initials H.S. The cocaine was found in the passenger’s luggage. He initially traveled from Brazil to Morocco en route to Beirut. After preliminary questioning under ... Read More »

No violations in distribution of customs duties between Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan

MOSCOW: Auditing agencies have found no violations in the distribution of customs duties between Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan in 2014. The statement was made by Leonid Anfimov, Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus, during the joint session of the boards of the State Control Committee of Belarus, the Accounts Chamber of Russia, and the Budget Execution Auditing Committee ... Read More »

Senate to propose customs modernization bill

MANILA: Senators will try to pass the proposed salary hike for state workers, the Bangsamoro Basic Law and customs modernization bill before Congress goes on a Christmas break starting December 19, Senate President Franklin Drilon. “Immediately after we pass the budget, we will give the highest priority implementing law the Salary Standardization Law 4, which will now define in definite ... Read More »

7 Customs officers join frontlines after rigorous training

SAIPAN: After 14 weeks of rigorous training, seven newly certified Division of Customs officers have joined the frontlines of those who screen the islands’ seaport, airport, and postal offices. According to Customs director Jose Mafnas, there are now approximately 54 Customs officers, with the new officers under the purview of senior officers. Training coordinator Rita Santos said this is the ... Read More »

US Customs to test body cameras to reduce force   

NEW YORK: It’s the largest police force in the country with 60,000 employees, and now U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the first to conduct a massive experiment to test the use of body cameras along the United States borders. Agents have been testing different models of body cameras as part of an initiative to reduce use of force — ... Read More »

Nigerian Customs warns traders against trading banned goods  

ABUJA: The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday warned importers against trading goods banned by the Federal Government. Malam Sani Madugu, the Area Controller, Federal Operations Unit (F.O.U.) Zone `A` Ikeja, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. “We always mention those items that have been banned, but if you go to ... Read More »

Ukraine lifts import duty on electric vehicles

KIEV: A total of 233 deputies, with the required minimum of 226 votes, have voted for the adoption of draft law No. 1674 “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Customs Tariff of Ukraine” concerning the abolition of import duty on electric vehicles.” Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy Nina Yuzhanina stated, when ... Read More »

Jasper’s port operational as deepwater container port

NEW YORK: Eight years ago this month, Sonny Perdue and Mark Sanford, then-governors of Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, stood along the banks of the Savannah River and announced a joint agreement between the two states to build a deepwater container port on the South Carolina side of the river. Since then, the project has been stalled, mostly due to ... Read More »

Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill rejected for Tasmanian port development

HOBART: The Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill would have allowed foreign-flagged ships working between Australian ports for more than six months per year to pay foreign wages. The Senate’s rejection of a proposed shipping bill allowing foreign vessels greater access to Australian ports has put a $20 million port project in doubt. The amendments would have renamed the Coastal Trading (Revitalising ... Read More »

Okotoks Town Council faces Chamber Of Commerce’s Questions

OTTAWA: Okotoks Town Council was under the microscope of local businesses at Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon presenting their accomplishments and goals through the first two years since they were elected. Many questions were brought up by the business community; the main points of discussion have been items of business the Town has been working diligently to accomplish, including the ... Read More »

Nigerian Chamber holds Economic Summit with title ‘Solving Nigeria’s Current Power Challenges’

ABUJA: The Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Tuesday, 24 November held an Economic Summit featuring industry leaders of French and Nigerian corporations. The theme for the Summit was: “Solving Nigeria’s Current Power Challenges” and “Doing Business in Nigeria and France”. Among the speakers at the event were Mr. Viken Najarian, the GM Specialities of Total Nigeria Plc; Mr. ... Read More »

Columbus Area Chamber thankful for 15th edition

NEW YORK: This is the 15th edition of the Thanksgiving tradition in this column, as we review that list of things for which the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce is thankful this year. As should be the case every year, the hundreds of chamber volunteers who’ve given us their time and talent this year are top of the list for ... Read More »

Thoothukudi Port fails to curb smuggling of red sanders

THOOTHUKUDI: The mobile gamma ray scanner at the Thoothukudi Port has failed to curb smuggling of red sanders, among others. The `11-crore scanner was set up in April 2014 and when it was inaugurated, Customs officials claimed that both export and import consignments would be thoroughly scanned and illegal export/import items will be seized. But, to date, the scanner has ... Read More »

Home minister claims 300,000 raids in first six months to check smuggling

DHAKA: The law enforcing agencies have carried out 322,000 raids in the first six months this year to check smuggling, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said. During this period, 13,500 people were arrested on smuggling charges and 72,000 cases were initiated, stated the minister. Kamal released the data at the end of a meeting of the National Smuggling Prevention ... Read More »

Nigerian Customs takes action to curb rice smuggling

ABUJA: THE Association of Local Growers and Legal Importers of Rice has raised the alarm over high level of smuggling of the product into Nigeria. Chairman of the association, Alhaji Habilu Maishinkafa, noted that there were reports of hundreds of trailers coming into the country with expired rice, which he said were dangerous to the health of Nigerians. He called ... Read More »

Kazakhstan to import gold supplies from Russia, Iran

MOSCOW: Kazakhstan’s Tau-Ken Samruk expects the first gold from Russia and Iran to be delivered for refining this December, Chief Executive of the company Mazhit Turmagambetov said on Thursday. “Russians also come to us for refining because we offer an appropriate price and are ready to work on a tolling basis. We expect the first delivery from Russia and from ... Read More »