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14 Customs officers arrested at Bulgaria’s Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint


SOFIA: 14 customs officers detained at Bulgaria’s Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint were released from custody by the Specialised Criminal Court late on Wednesday evening. The court also set bail on the defendants accused of involvement in a crime group which took bribes. The prosecution had requested they were all imposed restraining orders of arrest. Bail was set at BGN 20,000 ... Read More »

Nigerian Customs chief warns officers against taking hard drugs

Nigerian Navy to partner with Customs on maritime security

ABUJA: Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), has warned officers and men against taking hard drugs and receiving kick-back by undervaluing goods. Hameed, who spoke in Bauchi while addressing officers of Zone D and Bauchi State command, said: “If any one of you is into hard drugs and not yet caught, he should stop it or ... Read More »

Customs officer faces Court accused of theft


ABACO: A Department of Customs officer in Abaco was charged with stealing by reason of employment and forgery in the Marsh Harbour Magistrate’s Court on December 9. Jessel Cash, 42, a grade one customs officer, who resides at Central Pines, Abaco, appeared before Magistrate Ancella Williams-Evans. She was charged with falsification of an account, stealing by reason of employment, forgery ... Read More »

SL Customs on strike at Bandaranaike Int’l Airport


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Customs officials who took part in a strike this morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport has called of the strike. Earlier it was reported that, SriLankan flights to London, Beijing, Singapore and Lahore had been delayed due to this trade union action. However, SriLankan airlines has informed that the steps would be taken to make sure the ... Read More »

Singapore Customs seizes worth S$1.3m llegal ivory, pangolin scales


SINGAPORE: An illegal shipment of elephant tusks and pangolin scales – worth an estimated S$1.3 million – was seized by Singapore authorities last week. The air shipment from Lagos, Nigeria was bound for Vientiane, Laos via Singapore when it was intercepted at the Changi Airfreight Centre last Saturday (Dec 12), the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and Singapore ... Read More »

Kenya Revenue Authority upgrading new customs software


NAIROBI: The Kenya Revenue Authority will install a new customs software early next year to replace the faulty Simba system. Trademark East Africa (TMEA) CEO Frank Matsaert said the new system will be put up in the first quarter of 2016. KRA has been working with TMEA to upgrade the current system at a cost of Sh1 billion. The news ... Read More »

New Customs office to open at Appleton International Airport


GREENVILLE: It’s been 4 years in the works, but the new U.S. Customs Office puts the “international” in the recently re-named Appleton International Airport. Soon the office will be doing just what the sign inside the door says, ‘welcoming’ people into the United States. “This facility will allow passengers to arrive from an international port direct into Appleton for the ... Read More »

HK Customs seizes HK$52m worth cigarettes during raid  

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HONG KONG: Untaxed European Union-made cigarettes worth HK$52 million have been confiscated in Hong Kong during a joint operation between British and Hong Kong customs officials while en route to Greece, a senior official said this afternoon. The consignment was the city’s largest seizure of dutiable cigarettes over the past few years, according to Superintendent Cecilia Yeung Kai-fei of the ... Read More »

Ukraine imports to Russia faces customs tax


MOSCOW: The Russian presidential decree to suspend the implementation of the Commonwealth of Independent States free trade deal in regard to Ukraine means introduction of customs duties in the most favorable regime, Russian First Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Likhachev said Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree suspending the free trade zone with Ukraine ... Read More »

UAE Customs launches ‘Tam’ electronic clearing system 


DUBAI: Authorities in the UAE collect four per cent customs duty from traders. This will be now transferred to the countries of final destination by the country’s customs authority. The UAE’s Federal Customs Authority has implemented an electronic clearing system nicknamed ‘Tam’ under which levies collected at ports in the country will be transferred to other members in the GCC ... Read More »

Hamilton man sentenced 2 yrs jail in illegal drugs shipment  


HAMILTON: A 22-year-old Hamilton man has been sentenced to two years and seven months’ imprisonment for importing and possessing drugs. This is Customs’ eighth conviction under Operation Ruckus, which dismantled a drug syndicate importing methamphetamine precursors. Hayden Bacon was convicted on four charges including possessing pseudoephedrine (Contac NT), importing a psychoactive substance, and importing and supplying ecstasy (MDMA). Operation Ruckus ... Read More »

Nigerian man arrested at Karachi airport in cocaine smuggling case


KARACHI: Pakistan Customs on Wednesday seized more than one kilogram of cocaine from a Nigerian national at Karachi airport. Officials of the Customs Preventive Staff arrested the suspect upon reaching Karachi airport from Lagos via Dubai through Emirates Airlines’ flight EK-602. A spokesperson for Pakistan Customs, Qamar Thallo said the man was arrested upon the directives of deputy collector customs. ... Read More »

Saudi Customs foils attempt to smuggle 1.622 kg heroine at airport


RIYADH: The custom officials at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah have foiled an attempt to smuggle cocaine into Saudi Arabia. According to the Arabic daily Alyaum, they screened the smuggler and discovered capsules containing 1.622 kilograms of cocaine in his stomach. King Abdulaziz International Airport Customs acting director-general Said Al-Ghamdi said the smuggler looked dubious and unsettled when ... Read More »

Cigarette smuggler sentenced to 5 yrs jail


SINGAPORE: A key member of a contraband cigarette smuggling syndicate has been sentenced to five years in jail for his involvement in two smuggling cases, Singapore Customs said in a news release on Friday (Dec 18). Ibrahim Saleh, 45, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two charges. Another two charges were taken into consideration in the sentencing, the release said. In ... Read More »

Indian steel industry alleges undervaluation in import of HR coils


NEW DELHI: Industry body Indian Steel Association (ISA) has approached the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) alleging undervaluation in import of 35,000 tonnes of steel products originating from South Korea. In a letter to CBEC chairman Najib Shah in October, ISA has alleged that during this time, import consignment of hot rolled (HR) steel coils to the tune ... Read More »

66 drug-addicted Customs officers to go


ABUJA: The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), on Thursday said 66 officers found to be hooked on hard drugs would be eased out. Ali disclosed this while addressing officers and men of the Plateau/Benue Area Command of the service in Jos. He said: “We are now operating zero tolerance on the issue of drugs because ... Read More »

HK Customs seizes 53 000 sticks of illicit cigarettes in two vehicles

illegal cigarettes seized in West Yorkshire

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs detected two suspected cases of distributing illicit cigarettes at public housing estates. A total of about 53 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes were seized and three persons were arrested. Customs officers conducted anti-illicit cigaretteoperations in Sau Mau Ping and Tseung Kwan O yesterday and separately intercepted two vehicles suspected of distributing illicit cigarettes to ... Read More »

Indian Customs foils attempt to smuggle drugs at airport


NEW DELHI: The Customs Department scored a major success Wednesday when it foiled an attempt by an Indian National to smuggle in 5.8kgs of methamphetamine worth RM1.1 million at the KL International Airport. Its director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said the 39-year-old man was nabbed at 7.40pm, shortly after he arrived at KLIA from Bengaluru, India with his baggage. “Checks ... Read More »

Chennai Customs officials come under scanner


CHENNAI: A CBI team, consisting of 12 members, today raided the airport here in connection with alleged irregularities over smuggled gold that has been seized and not levying the correct duty on goods brought in by passengers. According to sources, the CBI sleuths raided the Customs and airlines offices at the international terminal. The raid, which begun around 1 am ... Read More »

Customs seizes worth $9m meth hidden in coffee table


WELLINGTON: Fifteen packets of the drug, worth around $9 million, were carefully concealed to try to avoid detection in a table destined for a Wellington address. Customs Investigations Manager, Maurice O’Brien says the detection in a joint investigation code-named Operation Cairn saw methamphetamine removed from the drug supply chain. Inquiries by Customs and Police are continuing but no arrests have ... Read More »