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U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosts border security professional exchange

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WASHINGTON: United States Customs and Border Protection hosted a Border Security Professional Exchange with CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) member states and regional partners focused on issues of mutual concern related to border management throughout the Caribbean.  The three-day exchange was funded by the United States Department of State under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The exchange was designed ... Read More »

U.S. GDP rose 0.7% in first quarter

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WASHINGTON:  The U.S. economy’s output grew at the slowest pace in three years during the first quarter, underscoring the challenges facing the Trump administration as it seeks to rev up economic growth. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the U.S., rose 0.7%, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, in January through March, the Commerce ... Read More »

CBP officers at El Paso Port seize cocaine and more

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EL PASO: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 38 pounds of cocaine Wednesday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $1,216,000. The seizure was made Wednesday evening at the Paso Del Norte crossing when a 2004 Dodge Dart Frontier with an adult male driver entered ... Read More »

U.S. Customs needs pilots

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WASHINGTON: With the airlines currently hiring hundreds of pilots each month, the next decade is shaping up to be incredible for experienced aviators searching for a cockpit job. Many think only of an airline career. But not every young pilot is thrilled at the idea of spending 30 years cruising at FL350 for hours on end, despite the chance to ... Read More »

US Customs and Border Protection agents seize more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana near the Rio Grande City station on Tuesday, according to a news release. According to the news release, agents saw a Chevy Silverado idling with its lights off near the Rio Grande. When agents approached the truck, the driver drove towards the south end of the ... Read More »

US tax cuts to hit Israeli tax collection hard

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WASHINGTON: Tax experts warn that President Trump’s corporate tax cut will spark an exodus of revenue from Israel. The decision of President Donald Trump to cut the US business tax rate to 15% could have a profound impact on Israeli companies. Beneli Tax Boutique CEO Adv. Ilan Ben-Eli said, “Cutting the business tax will have a dramatic impact on the ... Read More »

Border Patrol arrests woman at drug stash house

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LOS ANGELES: U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 54-year-old woman yesterday who is linked to a significant narcotics and illicit currency seizure at a Los Angeles residence. The arrest took place during the course of a Border Patrol investigation involving a Chevrolet Malibu sedan that agents suspected was being used for cross-border narcotics smuggling. Also involved in the investigation was ... Read More »

U.S. business borrowing for equipment rises 10% in March

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WASHINGTON: Borrowing by U.S. companies to spend on capital investment rose last month, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) said on Tuesday. Companies signed up for $8.9 billion in new loans, leases and lines of credit in March, up 10 percent from a year earlier. Their borrowing rose 51 percent from February. “The central bank’s recent rate hike may, ... Read More »

USBP Border safety initiative events ongoing

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WASHINGTON: United States Border Patrol (USBP) Sectors across the Southwest border are hosting Border Safety Initiative (BSI) events to educate the public about the dangers associated with crossing the border between established ports of entry. “The BSI is a critical campaign that we stress every year. In Fiscal Year 2016 USBP rescued nearly 4000 individuals. Crossing the border illegally puts ... Read More »

First Jakarta-Los Angeles cargo route launched in Tanjung Priok

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JAKARTA: Indonesia’s main shipping gateway, Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta, launched the first ever route connecting Jakarta and Los Angeles in the United States to boost its strategic standing as an international seaport. The weekly route, which includes stops in Laem Chabang, Thailand, and Cai Cep, Vietnam, before ultimately arriving in the United States for stops in both Los ... Read More »

US Chamber of Commerce chief expects basic NAFTA deal by mid-2018

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WASHINGTON: The United States, Mexico and Canada are likely to reach a basic accord over reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the middle of next year, the head of the biggest U.S. business lobby group said on Sunday. The future of the deal binding the three nations has been in doubt since Donald Trump won the U.S. ... Read More »

Washington State relies on a rotten tax system

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WASHINGTON: An income tax would make Washington State and local governments more efficient and fair. I’m about to put a check in the mail to King County to pay the first half of my current property-tax bill. The bill is higher than it was last year, but that doesn’t bother me as much as being reminded how much this state’s ... Read More »

Indonesia, U.S eyes to reduce trade barriers, enhance bilateral cooperation

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JAKARTA: Indonesia and the United States agreed to find ways to reduce barriers to US companies operating in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, visiting US Vice President Mike Pence and Jakarta’s investment chief say. The Trump administration has put Indonesia on a list of 16 countries whose trade surpluses with the US will be put under review. A series of disputes ... Read More »

Dulles Customs agents find heroin hidden in lollipops

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport seized more than one pound of heroin from a Salvadoran man last week. The heroin concealed inside lollipops. The man, who requested entry as a courier on business, arrived on a flight from El Salvador. As a courier, he was referred for a ... Read More »

U.S. officials arrest 3 in Sask. human smuggling case

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WASHINGTON: Three arrests have been made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection stemming from human smuggling along the Saskatchewan-North Dakota border. Officials confirmed two Canadian citizens were arrested and one Nigerian. The arrests were made in the same area that the RCMP found Michelle Omoruyi with nine West Africans in her car, crossing illegally somewhere between the North Portal and ... Read More »

US customs releases photo of fake bomb found at Pearson airport

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released a photo (see above) of the fake bomb that caused significant delays at Pearson Airport. The fake Improvised Explosive Device was first discovered on Thursday, April 6. Police were called to help the CBP investigate the incident, and when the Peel police explosives unit examined the device, they determined that it ... Read More »

U.S. economy shows only modest signs of inflation pressures

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WASHINGTON: The U.S. economy expanded at a modest-to-moderate pace between mid-February and the end of March, but inflation pressures remained in check despite more difficulties in attracting and retaining workers, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. “On balance, prices rose modestly,” the U.S. central bank said in its periodic gauge of the health of the economy derived from surveying business ... Read More »

Lakeville port officers seizes $1.4m in marijuana

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested four U.S. citizens and seized more than 2,800 pounds of marijuana during two Easter weekend smuggling attempts. On Saturday, a 55-year-old man from Glendale, Arizona, traveling with a 58-year-old female passenger from Phoenix, was referred for a secondary inspection of his motorhome. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then ... Read More »

U.S. Maritime Industry stands behind Jones act ruling letter changes

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WASHINGTON: The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing interests of the domestic maritime industry, has submitted comments strongly in support of the recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) notice proposing to revoke previous letter rulings inconsistent with the proper enforcement of coastwise laws, including the Jones Act. The AMP’s comments were submitted on the last day of the open comment ... Read More »

U.S. customs officials release photo of mock IED found at Toronto airport

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WASHINGTON: U.S. customs officials have released a photo of a mock improvised explosive device that led to delays at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport when it was found in a passenger’s luggage earlier this month. United States Customs and Border Protection tweeted the photo Monday morning and praised the officers who spotted the device on April 6. The discovery of the ... Read More »