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Nogales CBP Officers Nab Woman with Meth Load’

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 39-year-old Nogales, Arizona woman on Monday for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States. When the woman attempted to enter the U.S. through the Dennis DeConcini crossing, a CBP officer directed her to a secondary inspection area. During ... Read More »

US customs seizes nearly US$40,000 from Jamaica-bound traveller

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WASHINGTON: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency yesterday seized US$39,225 from a Jamaica-bound traveller at the Philadelphia International Airport. The CBP says the unidentified female traveller had initially reported that she possessed less than US$10,000. The agency says the woman then wrote down that she had in her possession US$20,000 after CBP officers explained the currency reporting ... Read More »

CBP officers seizes counterfeit Rocket Copters at International Falls Port of Entry

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry (POE) recently targeted a rail container destined to arrive at the Ranier POE. In early June, CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered merchandise that violated multiple laws and regulations. The merchandise consisted of 7,760 Rocket Copters. Examination of ... Read More »

CBP officers arrest driver of stolen vehicle at Peace Bridge

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge port of entry apprehended a stolen vehicle after it failed to stop at the primary inspection lane.  Officers stopped the vehicle before it exited the plaza. The driver was arrested and turned over with the stolen vehicle to the Buffalo Police Department. On Saturday, CBP officers working at the ... Read More »

Customs and Border Patrol officers seizes above $300,000 at Hidalgo Port of Entry

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WASHINGTON: Customs and Border Protection officers prevented two men from smuggling more than $300,000 into Mexico on Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team referred a white 2003 Land Rover Discovery to second inspection when it attempted to exit the United States at the Hidalgo Port of Entry. When officers searched the vehicle, they ... Read More »

US import prices slipped 0.3%, more than expected, in May

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WASHINGTON: Import prices dropped 0.3 percent in May, the steepest decline since the index dropped 0.5 percent in February 2016, the Labor Department reported Thursday. U.S. import prices were expected to fall 0.1 percent for the month of May, after rising 0.5 percent a month earlier, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. The decline this time around was driven ... Read More »

U.S. customs finds $468k worth of cocaine in passenger wheelchair

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WASHINGTON: Nearly half a million dollars worth of cocaine is found during a customs check in a passenger’s wheelchair cushion. Customs and Border Protection says the woman traveled from Saint Lucia to New York City on Tuesday. Upon arriving at JKF Airport, the passenger appeared nervous with her baggage. U.S. Customs noted the passenger’s wheelchair cushion looked “unusual,” and upon ... Read More »

US brass mill imports, exports up in April

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WASHINGTON: US imports and exports of brass mill products increased in April compared with the corresponding 2016 period, according to a report Wednesday from the Copper & Brass Fabricators Council. Imports of brass mill products in April totaled nearly 41.4 million lb compared with 39.6 million in April 2016, an increase of 4.5%. US exports edged up to about 19.9 ... Read More »

U.S. Customs officers seizes more than 53 pounds of meth at Canadian border

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 53 pounds of methamphetamine at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry on Saturday. The Field Operations officers said a man in a Hyundai Sante Fe was attempting to enter the U.S. around 11:30 a.m. The 40-year-old driver and 33-year-old passenger said they were coming to the U.S. for pleasure. But ... Read More »

U.S. wholesale inflation flat in May but still elevated, PPI shows

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WASHINGTON: Lower costs of gasoline and other fuels kept wholesale U.S. inflation in check in May, but upward pressure on prices persisted in many areas of an economy whose expansion is the third longest in modern times. The producer price index was flat last month following a sharp 0.5% increase in April, the government said Tuesday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch ... Read More »

U.S. Customs seizes combination locked travel bags as drug paraphernalia

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WASHINGTON: Skip Stone started Stashlogix in 2015 in large part to help keep marijuana out of the hands of children. Stone’s Boulder, CO-based company began importing discreet, combination-locked travel bags in which people could store their pharmaceuticals, cannabis-infused edibles, and other potentially dangerous products. His products, he tells Reason, were about “giving parents and people an option to be safe ... Read More »

U.S. shale firms more exposed to falling oil prices as hedges expire

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WASHINGTON: Cash-strapped U.S. shale firms scaled back their hedging programs in the first quarter, leaving them more vulnerable to tumbling spot market prices just after OPEC reached a landmark deal to curb global supply. The pullback in hedging was driven by rising service costs and expectations that prices would continue to rally after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ... Read More »

US Fed to raise interest rates despite sluggish economy

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WASHINGTON: For the second time this year, the US central bank appears poised to raise interest rates despite fresh signs the world’s largest economy is not in peak condition. The recent soft numbers on the economy may have weakened the case for an increase in the benchmark lending rate by the Federal Reserve, which begins a two-day meeting from tomorrow ... Read More »

US Customs launches anti-counterfeiting education campaign

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WASHINGTON: US Customs and Border Protection has launched a new campaign aimed at informing the public of the “real dangers” of counterfeit goods. The Global Intellectual Property Centre (GIPC) at the US Chamber of Commerce has supported the campaign, The Truth Behind Counterfeits, which will run at six of the busiest US international airports. According to a report from GIPC, ... Read More »

Customs seizes over 20 pounds of cocaine at Pharr bridge

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PHARR: U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $201,280 worth of cocaine Monday at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge through vehicle and canine inspections. The Office of Field Operations within the CBP conducted a second inspection on a black 2010 Jeep Compass driven by a 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Alamo, according to a press release from CBP. A physical inspection of the ... Read More »

Customs agents seizes 150 pounds of meth inside popcorn boxes

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a large amount of methamphetamine hidden inside popcorn boxes in California. The agents seized 150 pounds of meth placed inside the popcorn boxes, which were part of a massive drug haul that included a total of 388 pounds of methamphetamine, 162 pounds of cocaine, 32 pounds of heroin and 250 pounds of ... Read More »

US exports record LNG volume in May, despite low profits

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WASHINGTON: US LNG export volumes climbed to a record high in May which came in spite of exceptionally low profit margins on spot cargoes sold into consumer markets in Europe and Asia. Last month, the US exported 17 LNG cargoes carrying the liquefied equivalent of 58.3 Bcf of gas, data compiled by Platts Analytics showed. Over roughly the same period, ... Read More »

Dulles CBP officers arrest alleged Florida child molester

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Maryland man on Florida child molestation charges at Washington Dulles International Airport Monday as the man attempted to board a flight to Dubai, U.A.E. While conducting outbound enforcement, CBP officers encountered Clement Francis, 37, of Germantown, Md., who is wanted in Santa Rosa County, Fla., on charges of lewd and ... Read More »

Customs and Border Protection backs Navico in patent case

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ruled in favor of Navico in an ongoing patent dispute between that company and Garmin. The agency’s 47-page ruling addresses Garmin’s “tilted” DownVü transducer design. CBP ruled Monday that these products are not admissible into the United States. Garmin will have the opportunity to appeal the decision, but it did not comment further ... Read More »

U.S. small businesses to lobby Congress to oppose border tax

New Zealand meat, wine exports to face uncertainty on U.S border tax

WASHINGTON: About 60 small business owners and a representative from retailer Big Lots will hold meetings with members of the U.S. Congress this week in an effort to oppose a proposed ‘border adjustment tax,’ organizers said. Retailers led by large stores including Target, Best Buy and Autozone are trying to get Republicans to abandon the tax as a piece of ... Read More »