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‘Portugal becoming hub of human trafficking’

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LISBON: The reality is harsh yet it is to be accepted that Portugal is a country which is the “transition, origin and destination for human trafficking” as this reality has been affirmed by the president of the commission for the support of victims of people trafficking in a radio interview. Sister Júlia Barroso told Rádio Renascença that when the commission ... Read More »

Danish central bank cuts rate by 0.2% as euro weakens

COPENHAGEN: Denmark’s central bank cut its deposit rate further into negative territory, here the other day, as market players speculated the country could follow Switzerland’s example and remove its currency peg against the euro. Nationalbanken reduced its deposit rate, which was cut to below zero in September for the first time since 2012, to -0.2 percent from -0.05 percent here ... Read More »

Greece having optimistic expectations from Euro zone deal

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ATHENS: Despite the failure to reach an agreement, Greek can still be in a debt deal with Eurozone as Greece’s finance minister said that the talks in Brussels had produced “very good discussions”. The head of Euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said the talks had been intense and constructive. Greece wants to overhaul 30% of its bailout obligations, replacing ... Read More »

11-day ‘needless’ strike at Nigerian ports causes colossal losses

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LAGOS: Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian association Mr. Simeon Nwonu termed the strikes a s “needless”, which had been a cause of N40b loss to Apapa Ports. He said that there was no such reason for doing it. It expressed concern over the long ship waiting time experienced at the port during the strike. “For avoidance of doubt, it ... Read More »

Finland aims to harmonise VAT law among EU member states

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FINLAND: The Finnish Central Board (CBT) of Finland has declared the exchange rates as it has declared the exchanges were ‘providing services’. The commission rates were charged by exchanges therefore that were in accordance with EU VAT Directive, exempt from VAT. EU Directives, such as the VAT Directive, specify certain goals to be achieved by member states. The member states ... Read More »

Three sentenced to imprisonment for animal trafficking in Italy

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HUNGARY: Three people were arrested and later sentenced to six months imprisonment for animal trafficking, neglect, forging documents in connection with the smuggling of 22 purebred puppies from Hungary. The court in the northeastern Italian city of Udine found two Hungarian nationals and one Italian from Gorizia guilty of the charges after finance police stopped their van on a highway ... Read More »

Guyana authorities confiscates 192kg cocaine from navigation vessel

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GUYANA: The navigation vessel that arrived from Suriname has been hidden 193kg of cocaine in it. The drugs were found on the 5, 700-dwt Deltadiep in the Demerara River. The operation involved the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). Head of CANU, James Singh, said: “A check of the vessel showed ... Read More »

Two crew members killed as Libyan oil tanker bombards Greek vessel near Derna port

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GREECE: A Libyan oil tanker bombarded a Greek-operated oil tanker near a port in eastern Libya, that has led to two deaths and leaving greater threats to shipments coming from Greece which is Africa’s biggest crude reserves where violence is escalating. The Araevo, flying a Liberian flag, was struck by a rocket during an airstrike on Jan. 4 in front ... Read More »

Greece praises China for helping to expand Piraeus Port

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GREECE: At a pioneering ceremony that was held for the expansion of Pier 111, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samara have greeted each other for the expansion of Piraeus port in Greece. At a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday for the expansion of Pier III, Samaras thanked China’s trust in and commitment to Piraeus and Greece as ... Read More »

Saudi authorities charge six Filipinos for diesel smuggling

SAUDI ARAB: Six Filipino workers are charged by Saudi Arabian authorities for their involvement in diesel smuggling. All of them are charged and punished. Investigation showed one of the accused, a drilling supervisor, paid $150,000 or SR560,000 to another defendant in return for his signature. The signature would allow a boat carrying the smuggled diesel to move out of Saudi ... Read More »

Hong Kong customs detains Lithuanian for smuggling crystal meth

VICTORIA: A Lithuanian citizen has been arrested by The Medan Customs and Excise Office attempting to smuggle a total of 3.29 kilograms of Crustal Methamphetamine from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to North Sumatra. The customs office said the Lithuanian, identified as Verikas Mindaugas, was apprehended as he disembarked from a plane at the Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North ... Read More »

Faster Customs clearance with Singapore-US deal

LONDON: A deal was signed between Singapore Customs and its counterparts and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in which both agreed to improvise security standards of Trade Securing Partnership Program.    Firms here exporting goods to the United States will now enjoy faster Customs clearance at US checkpoints, under a new bilateral security deal. They agreed that firms meeting ... Read More »

Ajman delegation visits Khalifa Port building

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ABU DABHI: A delegation from Ajman, consisting of Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Nuaimi, customs inspection manager at Ajman Port, Nasser Obaid Al Suwaidi, customs tariffs manager and Khalifa Abdullah Bu Sehab, customs policies manager visited Khalifa Port’s Terminal Operations Building. During their visit, they saw the port’s cutting edge container yard operations, including its nine Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore ... Read More »

11-day ‘needless’ strike at Nigerian ports causes colossal losses

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LAGOS: Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian association Mr. Simeon Nwonu termed the strikes a s “needless”, which had been a cause of N40b loss to Apapa Ports. He said that there was no such reason for doing it. It expressed concern over the long ship waiting time experienced at the port during the strike. “For avoidance of doubt, it ... Read More »

Port of Dover embellishes British economy

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CANADA: Port of Dover flourishes as its scheme to augment junctions on the A20 has been highlighted as one of the key investment schemes by the government in unlocking Britain’s economic potential.. Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of Port of Dover said; “Today’s Government announcement is a clear vote of confidence in how the Port of Dover is investing in the ... Read More »

Belarus consistent in holding import ban on European products

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BREST: Belarus is very consistent in holding the import ban on European products and goods. The ban targets beef, pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and cheese and dairy products. Russia imposed a year long ban on food imports from countries which had leveled a range of sanctions against Moscow, including the US, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. The ban targets ... Read More »

Passengers complain of poor services at Saudi airports

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JEDDAH: Having a small number of employees in security and customs became a trouble for Saudi Customs as some passengers complained of the poor services at the airport. This is because not more people are attracted to the jobs in Airport. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) stated that the reduced number of workers in these positions obstruct its ... Read More »

Apple sells more than 210 million iPads since 2010

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BERLIN: If we compare the iPad with its rivals, the tablet computer has become one of the most successful consumer electronic products ever. Apple has sold more than 210 million iPads since the device’s 2010 debut, about double the rate of iPhone sales in its first four years. The boom has helped the electronics industry make up for the drop in sales of ... Read More »

Philippines government vows to decongest Manila’s ports by early 2015

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MANILA: Philippines customs authority has assured the de congestion of Manila Port by the start of 2015. However, they have annotated that more space is needed in order to increase accommodation capacity to gradually increase trade transactions in future. “My purview is to solve the problem and hopefully by January or February, this is all over,” Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene ... Read More »

woman thumps Chinese Customs for unfair treatment

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BEIJING: Chinese Customs, which have absolute authority to seize items and stop any illegal activity in customs, have brought the government in trouble as a woman who was having copies of her father’s memoirs accused them for unfairly detaining her. Chinese customs officials, like the ones shown here in August at the Lukou International Airport in Nanjing, have broad powers ... Read More »