Corona Virus spread feared in container terminals, Custom officers, terminal staff tests positive

KARACHI: Corona virus (COVID 19) is spreading in container terminals at Karachi as the custom officials posted and terminal staff is contracting the life threatening virus.  According to confirmed reports six Custom officials including three senior officers at Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) have been tested COVID 19 positive while… Continue reading

Container terminals announce five additional free storage days

KARACHI: Several container terminals have announced extension in import demurrage free period by five additional days, as the aggressive spread of COVID- 19 and lock down in various parts of the country slowed down deliveries. Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT), in order to further support the trade due to lock… Continue reading

Container terminals ordered to stop charging $5 container scanning fee

KARACHI: The Ministry of Maritime Affairs has advised Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to ensure discontinuation of charging of container scanning charges of $5/container by private container terminals. Private container terminals at the KPT and PQA are levying scanning charges of $5 on each and every… Continue reading

Serious irregularities prevail at Pakistan Customs; container terminals found involved in frauds

KARACHI: Al-Hamd Container Terminal has become the base of operations for unscrupulous elements as now smuggling/clandestine clearance of auto parts, mobile phones and liquor is being carried out through the container terminal and with the connivance of terminal staff. MCC Appraisement West recently lodged FIRs against certain importers and officials… Continue reading

FBR takes notice of unhealthy and unlawful working conditions at container terminals

KARACHI: Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has taken notice of a letter sent to him complaining about the immoral and inhumane behavior of senior customs officers towards appraising officers posted at container terminals. A letter bearing signatures of General Secretary Pakistan Customs Officers Association Raja Waseem and Senior Vice… Continue reading

Container terminals invest to facilitate new SOLAS convention compliance

KARACHI: All the container terminals in Karachi have initiated service to weigh laden export containers as the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention takes effect on July 1, 2016. From July 01 2016, every laden export container will be required to have its weight verified before it is… Continue reading

Customs investigate replacement of containerized cargo at terminals

KARACHI: The Customs has initiated investigations on the reports that cargo is being replaced from the containers lying at the terminals wherein, low value goods are replaced with high value or in some cases banned goods. The authorities have information that un-manifested consignments are lying at the terminals. According to… Continue reading

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