Customs


Cargo operations at Chinese airports hit break-point; freight rates slump

Airfreight demand out of China was lower than expected this week but it started to drop soon after the Golden Week holidays. It was a terrifying time for forwarders before the China holidays and soon after. Empty freighters, canceled charter contracts, missed flights and stricter PPE quality inspections also saw a reduction in demand for shipping PPE. Demand for air freight was lower than expected due to shippers holding...

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China: Customs to crack the whip with rogue exporters

China has warned of stringent action against manufacturers who export defective and counterfeit medical products, including confiscation of the illegal income and punishment, to ensure the overall quality of its foreign trade, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday. The GAC will impose fines of more than 50 percent but less than three times the value of the goods on exporters who violate the rules, the administration said...

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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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New EU Customs Regulation Ends VAT Exemption for under €22 Parcels

Following an amendment to Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 on EU customs rules, from 1 January 2021 it will be possible to declare goods up to €150 with a simplified customs declaration. The existing VAT exemption for goods up to 22 € will thus be abolished – the popular shipments from China with the label “Gift, 10$” will then be a thing of the past. Although all imports into the EU will...

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Forwarders and hauliers now have the clarity needed for post-Brexit Customs changes

Forwarders and hauliers now have enough clarity to start preparing for a post-Brexit business landscape, according Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Customs clearance solutions provider Agency Sector Management (ASM). There is limited time to implement the systems needed to tackle trade friction following the UK Government’s announcement this week that import controls would be brought in on European Union (EU) goods at the border from 31st December.“We now know there...

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Customs department rolls-out machine-based clearance of imported goods

In a bid to crack into the top 50 position in Trading Across Borders as part of the World Bank’s ease of doing business, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has introduced machine-based automated clearance of imported goods. The new initiative is being piloted at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Chennai Port Trust from February 6 whereby the Customs officer will be able to do...

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BOC releases PPEs for medical frontliners

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 5,000 shipments of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontliners addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis have been released from ports by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Information from the BOC Public Information Office on Friday showed that a total of 4,669 shipments of PPEs have arrived in the country from March 9 until April 2. All of these shipments have already been released. On April...

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Vietnam-China auxiliary border gates reopened to facilitate trade

Vietnam-China auxiliary border gates reopened to facilitate trade

Feb 7 2020 / VNA Auxiliary border gates between the northern province of Lang Son and China’s Guangxi province will be reopened on February 10 to facilitate border trade between the two neighbours. Lang Son (VNA) – Auxiliary border gates between the northern province of Lang Son and China’s Guangxi province will be reopened on February 10 to facilitate border trade between the two neighbours. Vice Director of the...

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