Tag: customs


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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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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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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Zelensky obliges govt to create information resource for declaring goods – decree on fight against smuggling

Zelensky obliges govt to create information resource for declaring goods – decree on fight against smuggling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree aimed at decreasing smuggling and corruption during customs declaration of goods imported to the customs territory of Ukraine. According to the decree signed on Tuesday, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the unified web portal of the executive authorities should ensure the creation of...

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Japan’s export control to further strain Korean economy

The Korean Times July 5, 2019 By Lee Kyung-min  Japan’s export control of key materials needed to produce semiconductors and displays will deal a significant blow to Asia’s fourth-largest economy, economists said Friday.  “Given that semiconductors account for about 6 percent of the country’s GDP, a 10 percent drop in the export volume could lead to a 0.6-percentage-point drop in the growth rate,” KB Securities Chief Economist Chang Jae-chul...

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China rolls out measures to facilitate customs clearance

Li Xia BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) — China has adopted 10 concrete measures to streamline customs clearance by cutting time and improving work efficiency, according to the General Administration of Customs Wednesday. Those measures are mainly targeted at further simplifying documentations, optimizing clearance processes to raise efficiency, enhancing port informatization and lowering port charges, said Hu Wei, vice minister of the administration. At present, the number of documents required...

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Non-tariff barriers hurdle for Asean community targets

The Business Times July 1, 2019 WITHOUT a stronger focus on tackling non-tariff barriers, Asean will not accomplish the objectives of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) and will fail to meet the targets in the AEC Blueprint 2025, warns a June 22 report. Jointly commissioned by the European Union-Asean Business Council (EU-ABC) and the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean BAC), the report examines non-tariff barriers in the region’s automotive,...

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Cambodia launches National Single Window

Chea Vannak / Khmer Tim July 1, 2019 Aun Pornmoniroth, The Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Cambodia last week launched the National Single Window (NSW) aiming to facilitate import and export activities. According to a statement dated June 25, NSW is a facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised information and documents with a single entry point to fulfill all import, export,...

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