Lahore Customs Agents launch strike

LAHORE: Lahore Customs Agents Association has decided to go on complete strike today at all stations in order to express solidarity with the Karachi Customs Agents Association. The decision was taken in an emergent meeting of the body.

Lahore Customs Agents Association Chairman M Amjad Chaudhry and President Agha Iftikhar said that FIRs were registered against Customs Agents in Karachi to change the facts in Afghan Transit Trade missing containers scam adding that Customs Agents are also being arrested in the case.

They said that Customs Clearing Agents handed over cargo and containers to the approved bonded carriers after fulfilling all legal requirements, adding that the carriers are duty bound to deliver all relevant documents and containers to Customs officials.

Lahore Customs Agents Association President Agha Iftikhar said that Customs officials should not use such tactics to malign the Customs agents and save the real culprits.

Pakistan can be superpower of world halal market: Malaysian Minister

LAHORE: Malaysian State Minister for Religious Affairs and Domestic Trade Haji Abdul Malik Kassim said that Pakistani Halal Products are fast gaining ground in international halal market; therefore; the government should expedite measures to start certification to give required boost to this trade that has 16 percent share in total world trade.

The Malaysian Minister was speaking at Halal Food Exporters Conference held in connection with Lahore Shopping Festival 2013 and organized by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with Punjab Government.

LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, Chairman Halal Development Agency Justice (retd) Khalilur Rehman Khan, Secretary Livestock Sajid Yousafani, Professor Nadeemul Hassan, Dr Mufti Ahsan Zafar, Syed Shaukat Ali Shirazi, Dr Sakhawat Ali, Dr R H Usmani, Prof Dr Faqir Ahmad Anjum, Dr Manzoor Ahmad Chaudhry, Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Dr Zafar Iqbal and Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Halal Food Nasib Ahamd Saifi spoke on the occasion.

Haji Abdul Malik Kassim said that Pakistan has the potential to become superpower of Halal Industry since it has all the required ingredients and potential. He said that it was a good omen that the Punjab Government had already started work on Halal certification and the Conference organized by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Collaboration with the Punjab government would go a long way in further strengthening the hands of the exporters of Halal products.


PIAF-Founders Alliance wins woman seat unopposed

LAHORE: PIAF-Founders Alliance won one seat reserved for women unopposed in LCCI elections as no other candidate filed the nomination papers against the Alliance candidate.

With this unopposed victory, the strength of the Alliance will reach 17 in the 32-member House, while the elections on remaining seats will be held on September 23 and 24 as per schedule.

According to Alliance election office, the last date for filing of nomination papers was September 4 and by that time only the Alliance candidate, Tahira Munir, filed papers therefore she would be considered winner.

Meanwhile, Lahore Township Industrial Area Association Chairman Nasrullah Mughal called on Alliance Chairman Mian Anjum Nisar and gave him an invitation for reception to PIAF-Founders Alliance in the industrial area.

Earlier, a large number of representatives of various local markets and trade associations called on Alliance leaders including Mian Anjum Nisar, Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Iftikhar Ali Malik and Malik Tahir Javaid and assured them of their full support during the upcoming LCCI elections.

Customs intelligence detains 5 busses full of illegal goods

LAHORE: Customs Intelligence and Investigation has detained five buses loaded with illegal goods worth millions of rupees.

Sources said that the busses were en route from Peshawar to Lahore when a team of Customs Intelligence nabbed the drivers of the busses and confiscated illegal foreign-made cloth, antibiotic medicines, auto parts, shampoos and miscellaneous goods worth Rs 15 million.

Sources said that the information of the illegal consignment was transmitted five days ago, however, the culprits changed the schedule for delivery of the goods. The Customs officials are further investigating the case.

Mobile imports drop in June-July

LAHORE: The mobile phone imports into the country decreased by 15.16 per cent and 34.87 per cent during the months of June and July as compared to the imports during the same period last year respectively.

According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) data, the imports of mobile phones into the country during July 2013 were recorded at $44.678 million against the imports of $52.66 million during July 2012 and $68.594 million in June 2013.

Meanwhile, the overall imports of telecom group also decreased by 9.53 per cent and 19.21 per cent during the month of July this year when compared to the imports of July 2012 and June 2013 respectively.

The telecom group imports during July 2013 stood at $102.045 million against the imports of $112.792 million in July 2012 and $$126.304 million in June this year, the data revealed.

Similarly, other apparatus of telecom group during the period under review also decreased by 4.6 per cent and 0.59 per cent as compared to the imports of July 2012 and June 2013 respectively.

The imports of other apparatus during July 2013 stood at $ 57.367 million whereas the imports during July 2012 and June 2013 were recorded at $60.133 million and $57.71 million respectively.

Exports from the country increased by 2.65 per cent during the first months of the current fiscal year (2013-14) against the exports of the same months of the last fiscal year.

It may be mentioned here that the trade deficit during the first month of the current fiscal year was recorded at Rs 1.719 billion, showing an increase of 6.07pc over the deficit of $1.621 billion recorded during the same month of the last year.

Similarly, the trade deficit during July stood at $1.719 billion against the deficit of $1.743 billion in June 2013, showing negative growth of 1.35 per cent.

PRA serves notice to KFC, OCS for ST on service recovery

LAHORE: Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) has served notice to KFC and OCS courier service for the recovery of sales tax on services.

Official sources said that both KFC and OCS have been served notices for recovery of Rs 10 million and Rs 5.0 million respectively.

Sources said that KFC and OCS have been evading tax for the last three months. However, both the business concerns have been paying taxes to the authority since it came into being.

47 candidates to vie for LCCI polls

LAHORE: A total of 47 candidates have filed their nominations for the upcoming Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) polls.

21 candidates filed papers for Corporate Class while 26 submitted nominations for Associate Class seats. LCCI Secretary General Syed Muhammad Saqlain received the nomination papers.

Final list of candidates will be issued on September 19 while polls for Corporate and Associate Class will be held on September 23 and 24 respectively.