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S. Africa Customs seizes rhino horn worth R3m at OR Tambo

Rhinoceros horns are displayed in Hong Kong's Customs and Excise Department Offices on November 15, 2011. Hong Kong Customs on November 14, 2011, seized 33 unmanifested rhinoceros horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets, worth about 17.4 million HKD (2.23 Million USD), inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Cape Town, South Africa.    AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM

JOHANNESBURG: Rhino horn worth R3m has been confiscated at the OR Tambo International Airport, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said. The two horns, weighing more than 10kg, were seized at the airport on Wednesday, said SA Revenue Services spokesperson, Sandile Memela. “Customs officials found the horn in a shipment of taxidermy that had been profiled for examination at a ... Read More »

Ireland police seize €25k cash, €30k of fake goods


DUBLIN: Gardai seized €30,000 worth of counterfeit clothing and €25,000 in cash during planned raids in the capital. Stock picture The operation took place on Monday and the Crumlin man who is suspected of being behind the operation was not arrested, but sources said that he may face future prosecution. Gardai said the bust was part of Operation Thor and ... Read More »

Drugs seized amid more than 60 arrests in Harrisburg: AG


HARRISBURG: Undercover agents purchased and seized heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and prescription pills in Harrisburg, leading to more than 60 arrests in a month-long investigation by local law-enforcement. The Mobile Street Crimes Unit and Harrisburg police recently wrapped up a 30-day drug investigation, according to a Wednesday news release from Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Sixty-three people “were ... Read More »

India authorities nab 4 people for smuggling meth worth Rs 5cr


CHENNAI: Narcotics Control Bureau officers on Tuesday nabbed four people and seized 5.15kg of narcotic drug methamphetamine at Koyambedu. The consignment, meant for a Malaysia-based drug cartel, is worth around 5 crore in the international market. Acting on a tip, NCB sleuths nabbed K Bala, 23, at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and found in his baggage the narcotic, also ... Read More »

US border agents foil human smuggling attempt

SONOITA, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  A U.S. Border Patrol patrol searches for undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers on February 26, 2013 near Sonoita, Arizona. The Federal government has increased the Border Patrol presence in Arizona, from some 1,300 agents in the year 2000 ro 4,400 in 2012. The apprehension of undocumented immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico has declined during that time from 600,016 in 2000 to 123,000 in 2012.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

GULFPORT: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Border Patrol agents from the New Orleans sector recently interrupted a human smuggling attempt near Gulfport. On Nov. 15, agents arrested 41-year-old Roberto Esquivel-Alonso, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the U.S., for transporting illegal aliens. He was arraigned Dec. 18. According to court records, agents stopped two SUVs traveling together ... Read More »

Excise duty revenues in Bulgaria up 12% in 2015: customs boss


SOFIA: “There is 12% increase in the revenues from excise duty in 2015,” National Customs Agency Director Vanyo Tanov said speaking at a closing press conference for 2015, FOCUS News Agency reporter said. In his words, the revenues collected by the National Customs Agency have reached record-high levels for the past seven years. “The excise duty revenues reach the record-breaking ... Read More »

Bangladesh Customs arrests 2 Malaysians for smuggling 6 kg of gold

Customs arrests  Malaysians with gold

DHAKA: Customs officials have arrested two Malaysians with six kilograms of gold at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Its Assistant Commissioner Shahiduzzaman Sarker said they have identified the duo as Chankok Wai, 24, and Chen Sim Sapp, 58. He said the two arrived in Dhaka in a Malaysian Airlines flight which landed at 9:30pm on Wednesday. Six gold bars, approximately ... Read More »

KRA to roll out Sh1.2b customs system after winning court case

KRA customs system

NAIROBI: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will roll out the controversial Sh1.2 billion customs system early next year after it won a court case challenging it in Nairobi. In a judgement delivered on Tuesday, the High Court sitting in Nairobi dismissed a suit challenging the award of a tender for the development of a new Customs Management System (iCMS), which ... Read More »

Nigeria Customs collects N1.2bn revenue in Sokoto

Nigeria Customs collects N1.2bn revenue in Sokoto

ABUJA: The Nigeria Customs Service Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Command, has recorded significant growth in revenue generation to the tune of N1, 238,308,516 in 2015. It also recorded about 170 different seizures of used vehicles, second hand clothes, narcotics, drugs, rice, mosquito coil and other sundry goods worth about N100 million. Speaking with newsmen in Sokoto Wednesday, the Acting Area Controller Mohammed Abdulrahman ... Read More »

EAEC Customs Service begins banning Ukrainian exports to Russia


MOSCOW: Customs offices of the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) started to implement the presidents’ instructions on organizing community of close cooperation on banning the export of Ukrainian goods to the Russian Federation from the territory of other countries of the EAEC, Russian First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexey Likhachev said Wednesday. “It is important that the presidents [of the ... Read More »

EEU may discuss cutting customs duties on Iranian agricultural products


TEHRAN: According to Shuvalov, Putin proposed to his partners from the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to decrease customs duties on agricultural goods imported from Iran. “That’s why this [issue] will be thoroughly worked out within the framework of the Eurasian [Economic] Commission, in January. We hope that our colleagues from the council [of the EEC] will consider the issue soon,” ... Read More »

Malaysia inflation rate at 2.6% in Nov, higher than forecast


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s annual inflation rate in November was 2.6 per cent, government data showed. The change in the consumer price index (CPI) in November from a year earlier was higher than the 2.3 per cent median forecast by economists in a Reuters poll, and slightly above the 2.5 per cent pace in October. The government said the November rate ... Read More »

India govt asks customs to protect seized gold, valuables


NEW DELHI: Citing instances of theft of gold and high-value goods from strong rooms, the Ministry of Finance has asked officers to stop these incidents and also guard the valuables seized from smugglers against rodents and insects. The move assumes significance as gold worth crores of rupees seized from smugglers has been mysteriously disappearing from highly-secured customs vaults at the ... Read More »

Philippines Customs revenue collections down in November

fall in revenue

MANILA: Last month’s holidays due to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings pulled down the Bureau of Customs’ revenue collections for the fourth month in a row. According to preliminary figures, Customs collected P29.1 billion in October, 27.4-percent below its P40-billion target for the month and down 6.9 percent from last year. Data could still be slightly revised once final ... Read More »

Kenya scraps fee for drying maize


NAIROBI: New Agriculture CS Willy Bett directed the National Cereals and Produce Board to waive maize drying charges for farmers in the Rift Valley. He said the government has set aside Sh150 million to cater for the drying costs for farmers delivering maize to the NCPB. Bett was on a tour of the NCPB depot in Eldoret town. He was ... Read More »

Ireland property prices fall in 2015


DUBLIN: Residential property prices fell at their sharpest rate in nearly a year last month with the decline in Dublin put at 1.3 per cent. Despite the declines, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show prices remain up on the same period last year. Nationally, prices of both houses and apartments fell 0.5 per cent in November, ... Read More »

Canada’s GDP unchanged in October


OTTAWA: Canada’s economic output was unchanged in October after shrinking in September, Statistics Canada reported. The data agency says gross domestic product expanded in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, as well as in the public sector, but that growth was offset by declines in manufacturing, utilities and retail trade. Oil and gas expanded after an especially bad month ... Read More »

Nepal cosmetic industry decreases by conflict


KATHMANDU: Sales and production of beauty products have been affected by the ongoing Tarai unrest and India’s unofficial trade blockade. Imports from India and China, the major sources of beauty products for Nepal, are down; and domestic production has come to a halt due to shortages of raw materials and fuel. Local manufacturers said that they had not been able ... Read More »

Indian gold imports likely to touch 1,000 tonne this year, up 11%


NEW DELHI: Buoyed by sharp fall in gold prices globally, India is likely to see a jump of 11 per cent in imports of the metal to 1,000 tonnes this year, says a trade body. According to the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation, the world’s second-biggest gold consumer had imported around 900 tonnes in 2014. “Gold import is ... Read More »

Huawei smartphone shipments top 100 mln in 2015

Huawei 2

BEIJING: Chinese tech-giant Huawei said its smartphone shipments have topped 100 million this year, breaking the record among domestic players and making it the world’s third biggest mobile brand following Samsung and Apple. The market share of Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies Company has risen to 9 per cent globally and surpassed 15 per cent in China, leading for six consecutive months, ... Read More »