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Thai Customs Department Eases Certificate of Origin Submission Requirements

On April 16, 2020, the director general of the Thai Customs Department issued Notification No. 81/2563, which introduces new customs measures intended to facilitate the operations of importers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new notification replaces and expands on a previous one (Notification No. 47/2563), issued in March 2020, which allowed importers of goods from China to submit photocopies of certificates of origin in certain circumstances, rather than originals,...

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Abdul Latif is new customs DG

PETALING JAYA: The government has announced the appointment of Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir as the new customs director-general. He replaces Paddy Abd Halim who retired after 37 years in public service. In a statement, Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Zuki Ali said Abdul Latif’s appointment would take effect from today. The 59-year-old joined the customs department in 1985. Prior to his promotion, he served as deputy director-general (enforcement...

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Thai Fruit Reaches China via Cross-Border Train for First Time

According to Nanning Customs, a train carrying 196.99 tons of Thai mangosteens valued at 3.447 million Chinese yuan ($486,700) and 34.56 tons of Thai durians valued at 933,000 yuan ($132,000) reached Pingxiang Railway Port in Guangxi province on May 21. This marks the first time that Thai fruit has entered China via the new cross-border rail service. Following inspection and quarantine, the fruits were rapidly distributed onward to various cities throughout China....

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Customs ramps up modernization projects to complement shift to ‘new normal’

The Customs bureau said on May 6, Wednesday, that it “will implement more Information and Communications Technology projects that will speed up trade, strengthen border security and protect government revenues” as the country grapples against the pandemic. The bureau bared that preparations to improve various ICT projects under its modernization goal are underway. Currently, the bureau is working on the stabilization of the E2M system, which will be replaced...

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CEVA launches Southeast Asia rail-truck service as alternative to air

Logistics firm CEVA has launched a truck-rail-truck operation between China and Southeast Asia in response to airfreight capacity shortages in the region. CEVA said China and the Southeast Asia region are facing flight suspensions and reductions, space limits and operational restrictions in addition to long waits at border crossings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It pointed out that the China-Vietnam road border crossing point between Pingxiang and Lang Son...

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Solutions should prioritize maintaining industrial production: ministry

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade said that the most important priority at present was to maintain the operation of domestic industrial enterprises during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic has caused a lot of difficulties for enterprises in Việt Nam, especially industrial enterprises. If an enterprise is closed due the pandemic, its workers lose their jobs and it has negative impacts on other businesses in the supply...

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Medical equipment, PPEs exempted from import duty, sales tax

KUALA LUMPUR (March 24): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has exempted import duty and sales tax for the purchase of medical and laboratory equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and disposable products by any parties donating to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to help address COVID-19. The Royal Malaysian Customs Department, in a statement today, said this was agreed upon by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz...

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ABF signs MOU with Singapore

On 20 March 2020, Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner Michael Outram countersigned a Memorandum of Understanding on Trade Facilitation with the Singapore Government. Singapore’s Ho Chee Pong, Director-General Singapore Customs and Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive Officer, the Infocomm Media Development Authority have also signed the Memorandum of Understanding. “This MOU will support Australia’s efforts to make trade digital, seamless and secure,” Commissioner Outram said. The MOU will allow...

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Michael Chong urges Customs to release face masks stuck at airport

PETALING JAYA: MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong (pic) has urged the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to release the 10,000 face masks that are currently being held up. Chong said he was frustrated that the face masks donated by two parties that he knew were still stuck at the airport. “The stocks arrived at 7.31am last Friday (March 20) but Customs has not cleared...

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Economic Watch: Trade recovers on China-Vietnam border

NANNING, March 18 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of flat-bed and container trucks queued along a border bridge in Dongxing, a city in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, waiting for customs clearance, a scene that signifies the recovery of trade on the China-Vietnam border from the COVID-19 epidemic. Pham Van Tan, a 31-year-old Vietnamese, was driving a truck loaded with about 20 tonnes of dragon fruit produced in Vietnam’s Da...

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