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US Business Groups Encouraged by Prospect of US-China Deal

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WASHINGTON : U.S. business groups said Friday they are encouraged by China’s approval of a new law that loosens restrictions on foreign investment and said it could help smooth the way to a substantive trade agreement between the two countries. China’s ceremonial legislature passed a measure Thursday seeking to prevent Chinese officials from forcing U.S. and other foreign companies to ... Read More »

U.S. Customs Agents Seize 10 Lbs. Of Meth At Canadian Border

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PORT HURON:A Canadian citizen is awaiting charges after being busted at the U.S.-Canadian border with nearly 10 lbs. of methamphetamine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say officers at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron made the bust as Constantine Xethalis was attempting to enter the United States around 7 a.m. Wednesday. During the primary inspection Xethalis, along with ... Read More »

US-China trade tensions to hammer air cargo

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SINGAPORE: Trade tensions between the US and China will hammer air cargo this year, an industry body warned Tuesday, the latest sign the tariff slugfest is damaging the global outlook. The world’s top two economies have been locked in a trade war since last year, swapping tit-for-tat duties on goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars and sending markets into ... Read More »

Microsoft says Iran-linked hackers targeted thousands of people at over 200 businesses

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REDMOND, WASHINGTON : Microsoft has detected cyberattacks linked to Iranian hackers that targeted thousands of people at more than 200 companies over the past two years. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday that the hacking campaign stole corporate secrets and wiped data from computers. Microsoft told the Journal the cyberattacks affected oil-and-gas companies and makers of heavy ... Read More »

U.S. business inventories rise, sales drop biggest in three years

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WASHINGTON: U.S. business inventories increased in December as sales recorded their biggest drop in three years, potentially pointing to an unplanned piling up of unsold goods. The Commerce Department said on Monday that business inventories rose 0.6 percent after being unchanged in November. Inventories are a key component of gross domestic product. December’s increase was in line with economists’ expectations. ... Read More »

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Building New Facility For Migrants In El Paso

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WASHINGTON : U.S. Customs and Border Protection is building a new facility in El Paso, Texas, to help manage the ever-growing number of families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says the facility will be a centralized location where migrants can get proper medical screenings and care. But he says it is a temporary measure and the system can’t ... Read More »

Trump to end Turkey’s preferential trade treatment status

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Donald Trump has hit Turkey where it hurts again, with the US set to end Turkey’s preferential trade treatment under a programme that permitted some exports to arrive on the American market duty free. The US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) said on March 4 that both Turkey and India will no longer be included in the Generalized System of Preferences ... Read More »

Border Patrol Seizes over $1.5M worth of Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley

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EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple smuggling attempts that resulted in the seizure of over 1,900 pounds of narcotics. On Thursday, Rio Grande City agents working near Rio Grande City, Texas, observed multiple subjects walk towards a vehicle just north of the Rio Grande. As agents responded, all the subjects fled to Mexico. An inspection of the ... Read More »

China Imports First U.S. Crude Oil In Months

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A tanker capable of carrying up to 600,000 barrels of oil is discharging U.S. Eagle Ford crude oil into China’s eastern port of Qingdao on Friday, Reuters reported, quoting Refinitiv ship-tracking data and trade sources, in what would be the first Chinese import of American crude oil in months. The Aframax tanker the Kara Sea is discharging the light crude ... Read More »

WidePoint Awarded $1.6 Million Contract Expansion from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Deliver Managed Services

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US: WidePoint Corporation (NYSE American: WYY), the leading provider of Trusted Mobility Management (TM2) specializing in Telecommunications Lifecycle Management, Identity Management and Bill Presentment & Analytics solutions, has secured a new Task Order award from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) valued at more than $1.6 million. The new award is an expansion of a previously announced contract with CBP ... Read More »

China January soybean imports from U.S. nearly double vs. December: customs

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BEIJING : China’s imports of U.S. soybeans nearly doubled in January from the previous month as cargoes booked after a Sino-U.S. trade truce arrived in the world’s top oilseed importer, according to Chinese customs. China brought in 135,814 tonnes of U.S. soybeans in January, up 95 percent from 69,298 tonnes in December. But the figure was still down 99.7 percent ... Read More »

U.S. Customs Agents seize cocaine in figurines at ATL

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ATLANTA,: U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists and Officers seized three pounds of cocaine hidden inside of figurines, according to a press release. A 24-year-old female was asked to step aside for further investigation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. When looking through the woman’s luggage, specialist examined three metal decorative figurines. Specialists were able to use x-ray equipment ... Read More »

Port Report: Maersk results gain from U.S. container import binge and higher detention fees

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Maersk : saw operating profit for 2018 increase slightly despite a 26 percent jump in revenue as fuel prices continue to catch the world’s biggest container ship line by surprise. The company sees operating profit improving this year thanks to cost savings from the buyout of Hamburg Sud and the growth in smaller, but higher margin businesses. It expects its ... Read More »

Mexican national dies in Border Patrol custody after apprehension for ‘illegal reentry’

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A 45-year-old Mexican national detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection died Monday at a medical facility in McAllen, Tex., after twice seeking medical attention, the agency reported. The fatality followed the deaths in December of two migrant children in government custody, which prompted a vow from CBP to conduct health checks on all children in its “care and custody,” ... Read More »

Port Report: U.S. Southeast ports reap higher volumes, less delays as earlier projects bear fruit

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Ports of Virginia and Charleston put up strong numbers to start 2019, but regional Fed warns that slowdown could be approaching. U.S. Southeast ports are seeing record container volumes to start this year as their earlier expansion projects start paying off. The Port of Virginia reported that its container volumes for January were up 9 percent from a year ago, ... Read More »

Police Hit Smuggling Gang on High Seas, Seize 3.3 Tonnes of Cocaine

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Authorities seized more than three tonnes of cocaine and arrested 11 people off Portugal’s Atlantic coast, dismantling a drug smuggling gang that operated across international waters from a cargo vessel, police said on Friday. The seizure of the 3.3 tonnes of cocaine – thought to be worth around $148 million at European street prices – took place on the high ... Read More »

Over 300 Taken in to Custody by Border Patrol Agents in Sunland Park

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As large groups of illegal aliens continue to cross through the Lordsburg area near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry, US Border Patrol Agents from the Santa Teresa Station discover a group of over 300 illegal crossers entering at Sunland Park, New Mexico. Shortly before midnight, Border Patrol Agents working near Mt. Cristo Rey noticed a large group of 311 ... Read More »

Trump Calls for Investment in Artificial Intelligence

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence. The plan, called the American AI Initiative, follows big investment pledges from China and other countries intended to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care. The White House plan that Trump signed Monday doesn’t include ... Read More »

US Customs prepares to start building border wall

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HOUSTON The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. A photo posted by the nonprofit National Butterfly Center shows an excavator parked ... Read More »

Britain, France and Germany work around US sanctions to stay in business with Iran

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WASHINGTON : The three European parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have set up a way to work around sanctions reimposed by President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the deal last year. The mechanism, which officials say will launch in the next few months, would barter goods between Britain, Germany and France and Iran. A joint British-German-French statement ... Read More »