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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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PM allows resumption of non-essential services

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has decided to allow non-essential service establishments, except for clubs and karaoke bars, to resume operations but they have to maintain preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made at a meeting on COVID-19 prevention and control in Hà Nội on Thursday after three weeks without new community transmission cases of COVID-19 in Việt Nam. Sports activities, football matches...

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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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Labuan Chinese Chamber appeal Customs Dept to expedite the release of containers

LABUAN, May 10 — The Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) has appealed to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to expedite the release of containers worth millions of ringgit still held up at the Labuan Liberty Wharf since February this year. Its president Datuk Wong Kii Yii said if the issue remains unresolved, all five companies which imported the containers would have to cease their business operations. According to...

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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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Malaysian authorities seize record 6 tons of African pangolin scales

On April 1, authorities seized more than 6 tons of African pangolin scales in Port Klang, Malaysia. This is the biggest shipment of pangolin scales ever to be discovered in this particular port. The exact origins of this shipment are unknown, especially since traffickers frequently change their routes. Pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world, with over 1 million animals taken from the wild and traded since...

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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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