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SANTOS, Brazil (Reuters) - Years of rooting out drugs at the Brazilian seaport of Santos had given customs inspector Oswaldo Dias a good nose for suspicious cargo. A shipment of second-hand backhoes, bound for Europe late last year, seemed fishy.
JAKARTA (AFP): No one was more surprised to learn that Dimas Prayitno owned a Rolls-Royce than the 21-year-old Indonesian himself, who was baffled when told he owed US$15,000 in taxes on the luxury vehicle.
(Reuters) - In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq.
TOKYO: Japan’s economy shrank at the fastest pace in almost six years in the December quarter as a sales tax hike hit consumer and business spending, raising the risk of a recession as China’s coronavirus outbreak chills global activity.
SHANGHAI/LONDON: The shipping industry tends to do badly when Chinese demand disappoints, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has done more than just damage the amount of cargo that needs to be transported. It’s also preventing many owners from making their ships commercially viable.
PETALING JAYA: Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd is expected to fork out RM10bil over a period of 25 years for its proposed expansion of container terminal facilities.
BANGKOK (The Japan News/ANN): To help Southeast Asia address a growing problem with marine pollution from plastic waste, a Japanese research group is planning to launch a full-fledged investigation into the issue in April.
Penang International Container Art fest launched with murals in padi field.
BUTTERWORTH (AFP): Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers of plastic waste to mostly wealthier nations, saying it would not be the world’s “garbage dump”.
BACK in the early 2000s, the thought of running his family’s prefabricated container business did not really cross James Yeoh Chor Guan’s mind. The UK-educated mechanical engineer was, after all, working with one of the world’s largest consultancy firms in Singapore. The perks were good and so was the prestige.