Customs Procedure – Beacon at Bangsar http://beaconatbangsar.com/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 22:47:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://beaconatbangsar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Customs Procedure – Beacon at Bangsar http://beaconatbangsar.com/ 32 32 GST on printing and packaging simplified; BMPA’s intervention on the e-Way is bearing fruit https://beaconatbangsar.com/gst-on-printing-and-packaging-simplified-bmpas-intervention-on-the-e-way-is-bearing-fruit/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 11:48:45 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/gst-on-printing-and-packaging-simplified-bmpas-intervention-on-the-e-way-is-bearing-fruit/ Packaging converters, printers and publishers could line up for tax plate simplification and electronic invoice generation following recommendation from 45th GST Council meeting held on September 16, 2021 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Under the new system, cartons, boxes, bags, paper packaging containers, various paper items such as cards, catalogs, printed matter (chapter 49 of the tariff) and other related items, as of October 1, 2021, will attract 18% GST instead of the 12% previously levied. Likewise, major changes concerning the tariffs and the extent of the exemption of services concerning the services of printing and reproduction of recorded media whose content is supplied by the publisher (to put it on par with the printing color images from film or digital media) will now be charged at 18% instead of 12% previously.

Reacting to the news, the printing and packaging industry responded to the GST Council’s tweak with a terse “good”, saying “no confusion over classification.” Everything is 18% uniform now. Tushar Dhote, Director of Dhote Offset Technokrafts, said, “At least the confusion over HSN code and pricing will finally go away. I know of small printers who charged an 18% flat rate on any printed material, especially printers, who only do labor-intensive jobs.

However, things are not that simple. Last time around, the overall effect was around 4.95%, an editor said. “It was a waste to get used to it.” Another said that that extra 6% more … can only be helped if the books are taxed. “Right now the components are taxable, but the end product is not taxed. “

In addition, in a notice to taxpayers regarding the generation of an electronic invoice when the primary supply is the provision of services, the GST Council amending Rule 138 of the CGST Rules, 2017, which, among other things, stated: “Information to be provided before the start of the movement of goods and the generation of an electronic waybill.” (1) Any registered person who moves goods with a consignment value greater than fifty thousand rupees…. Thus, an electronic waybill must be generated for the movement of goods “indicates that from 1 October 2021,” when the main supply is purely a service and does not involve any movement of goods, the waybill electronic is not required. to generate.

However, in cases where, alongside the main provision of the service, the movement of certain goods is also involved, electronic invoices may be generated. Such situations may arise in cases of providing services such as printing services, works contract services, catering services, pandal or shamiana services, etc. In such cases, electronic invoices can be generated by entering the details of the HSN code of the goods, as well as the SAC (Service Accounting Code) of the relevant departments.

This problem of the GSTN on the generation of the electronic invoice has been a problem since March 17, 2021, when a change was made to the system for generating the electronic invoice, in which no electronic invoice could be generated only for the code SAC and at least one HSN code had to be mentioned to validate and generate the e-way bill.

“Companies in the printing industry who take orders for the supply of their products under the SAC code were a lot affected – wondering about the process to be adopted to generate the electronic invoice as they could not mention the HSN code in the E-way Invoice (since the products must be supplied under the SAC in accordance with the clarifications of the Council). Nor can they take the risk of providing what is essentially the “commodity” without generating the “Way Bill”. The same caused a lot of confusion in the industry and there was no clarity on the process to be adopted to resolve this issue, ”said Iqbal Kherodawala, President of BMPA.

A solution had to be found, and it could only come through appropriate procedural changes that could be issued by the Central Council for Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBITC) and the GSTN. Kherodawala said, “The members of the BMPA management committee were completely struck by this issue. Print buyers were also fully invested in this new complex.

Kherodawala set up a sub-committee made up of Faheem Agboatwala, Mehul Desai and Saubhagyanidhi Seksaria to highlight the concerns and challenges facing the industry at CBITC. In addition, the BMPA also sought the expert advice and support of Senior Counsel Shailesh Sheth of SPS Legal to represent the case before the CBITC.

The new advice on the generation of ISF is the result of the BMPA’s intervention in this file, said Seksaria, a member of the subcommittee, the association formed to tackle the problem. “With more coordination and communication, and in an interlude of less than six months, the result is relief with an appropriate directive now at hand,” Seksaria concluded.




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Watchdog demands more COVID-19 testing at US-Mexico border https://beaconatbangsar.com/watchdog-demands-more-covid-19-testing-at-us-mexico-border/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:04:06 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/watchdog-demands-more-covid-19-testing-at-us-mexico-border/

A recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) calls on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve COVID-19 detection and prevention measures at the US-Mexico border amid record arrivals of migrants .

“Without more stringent COVID-19 prevention measures, DHS puts its workforce, support staff, communities and migrants at increased risk of contracting the virus,” the report said.

Between March and May of this year, investigators reviewed DHS’s COVID-19 guidelines and found several issues with the agency’s efforts to prevent the spread of the virus among migrants held at border detention centers.

The review showed that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the DHS sub-agencies responsible for detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border, is unable to maintain large numbers of migrants at a good distance from each other.

Currently, there is no federal requirement for COVID-19 testing of migrants at the southwest border, but DHS says it has followed guidelines from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

According to the report, CBP “does not conduct COVID-19 testing for migrants who enter CBP detention and is not required to do so. Instead, CBP relies on the systems of local public health to test symptomatic individuals “.

FILE – A United States Customs and Border Protection officer reviews documents for migrants waiting to cross to the United States to begin asylum proceedings in Tijuana, Mexico, July 5, 2021.

Are migrants at the border tested?

Not initially when he was taken into custody in the United States. However, for migrants who are transferred or released from CBP custody in the United States, the agency says it is coordinating with other federal, state and local partners to test them for COVID-19.

The OIG report notes, however, that the agency is required to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and other health issues before a migrant is transferred or released.

“According to CBP policy and guidelines, once detained, migrants must undergo a health examination to identify any potential medical problems or whether an individual may have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, chills, cough or shortness of breath, ”the report says.

If a migrant in detention is suspected of having COVID-19, CBP procedure requires officials to contact the local public health department and then transfer the individual to a hospital for testing. But the OIG report noted that this is not always “operationally feasible, especially during an influx of migrants to the southwest border.”

What is happening on the ground?

In August, Pete Saenz, a mayor of the US border town of Laredo, Texas, told local media that CBP does not test migrants before they are released. Instead, shelters such as the Holding Institute in Laredo and Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley administered tests after migrants were released from federal detention.

Saenz said the city is coordinating with the federal government, nonprofits and other local city governments to donate masks and provide additional hygienic resources.

FILE - People line up to enter the United States at the transit port of San Ysidro on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja Caifornia state on August 20, 2021.

FILE – People line up to enter the United States at the transit port of San Ysidro on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja Caifornia state on August 20, 2021.

“The reason we don’t do testing is that once you test, there is an obligation,” Saenz said. “If they are positive, we are told to quarantine [them]. We don’t have the infrastructure for that.

What was DHS’s response?

The Inspector General’s office recommended that DHS “reassess its COVID-19 response framework to identify areas for improvement” and urged all agencies involved to coordinate with the DHS chief medical officer to increase resources and ensure operational security.

DHS accepted the recommendations and said the agency “will continue to implement improvement actions based on active monitoring and impact analysis of mitigation efforts.”

Jim H. Crumpacker, director of the department’s GAO-OIG liaison office, wrote in a letter included in the report saying that “DHS is committed to the well-being of the communities in which we serve, of our workforce. work and the people we care for. and custody. ”

Has the report had an impact on the political debate?

For months, Republican lawmakers have argued that the overcrowded and chaotic situation on the US-Mexico border poses a threat to the health of the United States during the pandemic.

In August, a group of House Republicans wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asking for more details on COVID-19 guidelines at the border. Lawmakers cited information from a whistleblower that migrants were being released in the country without a health check, a situation they said could lead to “widespread COVID-19 infections and deaths.”

For its part, the Biden administration has relied on a public health policy inherited from the Trump administration to deny asylum claims made by most migrants other than unaccompanied minors and families with young children. .

On Thursday, a federal judge ordered an end to the deportation of migrant families. The decision would go into effect on September 30.


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Over 10,000 migrants, mostly Haitians, living in makeshift camps under the Texas Bridge https://beaconatbangsar.com/over-10000-migrants-mostly-haitians-living-in-makeshift-camps-under-the-texas-bridge/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:45:29 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/over-10000-migrants-mostly-haitians-living-in-makeshift-camps-under-the-texas-bridge/

CBP officers not only patrol our borders, but are also there to provide humanitarian assistance. Source – US Customs & Border Protection

In what is described as an “unprecedented” humanitarian event, thousands of migrants converged under the bridge that connects Del Rio in Texas and Ciudad Acuña in Mexico, creating a makeshift camp with few basic services in the intense heat during the last border emergency to which Joe Biden.

According to Reuters, the mayor of Del Rio, Bruno Lozano, said that by early evening, 10,503 migrants were under the Del Rio international bridge, up from 8,200 in the morning. This number may have increased overnight.

The migrants are mostly Haitians, with Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans also present. “The border patrol is currently so overwhelmed by the influx of migrants to the Del Rio area,” Lozano said.

Many Haitian migrants did not come directly from the island nation, but lived in South America and were brought to Del Rio along a common smuggling route used by a Mexican cartel, DHS said.

“We have around 2,000 to 3,000 in detention at any one time,” Lozano added, explaining that many below bridge “are not in detention, they are just waiting to be detained to continue their custody process.”

“The border patrol is overwhelmed,” Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez told the Texas Tribune. “They just can’t process them fast enough, so there’s a backlog of these people under the bridge. They are not being held, they are just gathered there waiting their turn to be treated.

Humanitarian challenge for the Biden administration

Migrants arriving at the makeshift treatment center below the bridge are given emergency supplies such as water and infant formula and treated before being taken to a border patrol post or guard duty. immigration and customs.

This procedure still takes a long time. The migrants showed Reuters tickets with numbers they had received from the US Border Patrol. Some people have waited up to five days for treatment. And, in order to feed their families, the migrants cross the Rio Grande back to Mexico to buy food.

Ernesto, a 31-year-old Haitian migrant, returned to Mexico on Thursday to purchase water and food – for the fourth time, he said, since arriving in the United States on Monday morning. Ernesto, who declined to give his last name to protect his identity, said he and his 3-year-old daughter were not fed at the camp, where migrants scramble for shade.

In a statement, the border patrol said it was increasing numbers at Del Rio to facilitate a “safe, humane and orderly process.” Drinking water, towels and portable toilets have been provided, the statement added, while the migrants wait to be transported to the facilities.

With the recent earthquake in Haiti and political unrest in the country, the Biden administration granted temporary protection status to Haitians already living in the United States in May – but this does not apply to migrants crossing the border. South.

In fact, the ICE has started deporting Haitians back to their country, angering advocates who say more should have a chance of asylum in the United States due to the upheaval in the country, according to NBC News.


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Budget 2022: Representatives Target $ 60 Oil Benchmark and Examine Fuel Subsidy Spending https://beaconatbangsar.com/budget-2022-representatives-target-60-oil-benchmark-and-examine-fuel-subsidy-spending/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 18:32:07 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/budget-2022-representatives-target-60-oil-benchmark-and-examine-fuel-subsidy-spending/

The House of Representatives leadership on Thursday affirmed its position in favor of an upward revision of the proposed benchmark for oil from $ 56 per barrel to $ 60 per barrel in fiscal 2022.

Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, who conveyed the House’s position in Abuja, during the weekly legislative briefing, also unveiled plans to review fuel subsidy spending implemented unilaterally by the executive without ownership.

According to him, “the findings of the committee that would take center stage when we resume, one of which was inconsistent data between agencies like Customs, PPPRA, NNPC and all the others, especially on issues such as, what exactly is the amount of crude oil produced per day, what is the level of our consumption of PMS per day.

“These things are necessary because the House is determined to close the areas of financial leakage so that the federal government has enough to look after the well-being of citizens.”

While expressing his serious concern at the low level of revenue payment by ministries, departments and agencies (MDA), he assured that plans are underway to revise the establishment laws, in order to block leaks, adding that many agencies only recycle budgets, while some agencies use their internally generated revenues in blatant disregard of the provisions of the Constitution.

“We also observed that some MDAs did not pay enough into the Federation account, that they underpaid and that there were agencies that did not pay at all because their establishment laws did not give them the permission to pay.

“We need to change some of these settlement laws, due to the impact of COVID the government is looking for money from the left, right and center and if there are any leaks that have been encouraged by settlement laws, this law will be reviewed for possible amendment.

“It is also important to note that what was considered to be the total disposable income for 2022 was the sum of $ 7.26 trillion and that around 3.16 trillion naira will come from oil-related sources.

“The expenditure framework is 13.9 trillion naira, capital spending is only 26%. This worries me because of the maintenance of the provision for subsidies, which is a drain for this government. The House believes that capital expenditures should be increased from what they are to what they should be. Insufficient payments into the federation account due to the effect of COVID, the government is looking for money from everywhere.

“One of the questions on the front of the stage of the National Assembly is to review the elements around the oil subsidy with the aim of filling the gaps of the leaks in this country”, he assured.

Responding to worrying questions about the huge budget deficit incurred by the country so far and the new borrowing plans proposed by the current administration, the House spokesman assured that the House would not approve the new one. projected loan only when details of where the loan is provided.

While providing an update on the ongoing legislative review of the 2021 Election Bill, the Hon. Kalu revealed that the National Assembly will announce the Conference Commission on Election Law, to pass the bill before December for presidential assent.

“We are determined to revise the constitution, we have urged Nigerians to believe us and we are determined to close these loopholes.

“We assure Nigerians not to worry, for the management of legislative procedures, there is a procedure, which is the Conference Committee.

“Many have observed that Article 58 (2) in the House of Representatives and 58 (3) in the Senate have a little variation, but we tell Nigerians not to worry, when there are problems, the committee sits and crosses the east. The National Assembly is busy appointing the deputy who will be announced shortly. We want to assure the Nigerians, that before the Christmas holidays, the electoral bill will be sent to Mr. President, we know that we cannot enter the 2023 election season without having this particular legal framework.

“We ask the Finance Committee to stand back during the holidays. The committee met to review the various assumptions and parameters of the MTEF, as many analyzes have taken place and some conclusions have been made, some with which we are in tandem, some with which we need clarification.

“We discovered that the MTEF was based on forecasts from the World Bank. The price of crude oil would average $ 60 per barrel, another assumption was that our oil production would be 1.88 million barrels per day and the currencies would go to N 410.15 for 2022/2023/2024 ,” he said.

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Budget 2020: Representatives Target $ 60 Oil Benchmark and Examine Fuel Subsidy Spending https://beaconatbangsar.com/budget-2020-representatives-target-60-oil-benchmark-and-examine-fuel-subsidy-spending/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 18:32:07 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/budget-2020-representatives-target-60-oil-benchmark-and-examine-fuel-subsidy-spending/

The House of Representatives leadership on Thursday affirmed its position in favor of an upward revision of the proposed benchmark for oil from $ 56 per barrel to $ 60 per barrel in fiscal 2020.

Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, who conveyed the House’s position in Abuja, during the weekly legislative briefing, also unveiled plans to review fuel subsidy spending implemented unilaterally by the executive without ownership.

According to him, “the findings of the committee that would take center stage when we resume, one of which was inconsistent data between agencies like Customs, PPPRA, NNPC and all the others, especially on issues such as, what exactly is the amount of crude oil produced per day, what is the level of our consumption of PMS per day.

“These things are necessary because the House is determined to close the areas of financial leakage so that the federal government has enough to look after the well-being of citizens.”

While expressing his serious concern at the low level of revenue payment by ministries, departments and agencies (MDA), he assured that plans are underway to revise the establishment laws, in order to block leaks, adding that many agencies only recycle budgets, while some agencies use their internally generated revenues in blatant disregard of the provisions of the Constitution.

“We also observed that some MDAs did not pay enough into the Federation account, that they underpaid and that there were agencies that did not pay at all because their establishment laws did not give them the permission to pay.

“We need to change some of these settlement laws, due to the impact of COVID the government is looking for money from the left, right and center and if there are any leaks that have been encouraged by settlement laws, this law will be reviewed for possible amendment.

“It is also important to note that what was considered to be the total disposable income for 2022 was the sum of $ 7.26 trillion and that around 3.16 trillion naira will come from oil-related sources.

“The expenditure framework is 13.9 trillion naira, capital spending is only 26%. This worries me because of the maintenance of the provision for subsidies, which is a drain for this government. The House believes that capital expenditures should be increased from what they are to what they should be. Insufficient payments into the federation account due to the effect of COVID, the government is looking for money from everywhere.

“One of the questions on the front of the stage of the National Assembly is to review the elements around the oil subsidy with the aim of filling the gaps of the leaks in this country”, he assured.

Responding to worrying questions about the huge budget deficit incurred by the country so far and the new borrowing plans proposed by the current administration, the House spokesman assured that the House would not approve the new one. projected loan only when details of where the loan is provided.

While providing an update on the ongoing legislative review of the 2021 Election Bill, the Hon. Kalu revealed that the National Assembly will announce the Conference Commission on Election Law, to pass the bill before December for presidential assent.

“We are determined to revise the constitution, we have urged Nigerians to believe us and we are determined to close these loopholes.

“We assure Nigerians not to worry, for the management of legislative procedures, there is a procedure, which is the Conference Committee.

“Many have observed that Article 58 (2) in the House of Representatives and 58 (3) in the Senate have a little variation, but we tell Nigerians not to worry, when there are problems, the committee sits and crosses the east. The National Assembly is busy appointing the deputy who will be announced shortly. We want to assure the Nigerians, that before the Christmas holidays, the electoral bill will be sent to Mr. President, we know that we cannot enter the 2023 election season without having this particular legal framework.

“We ask the Finance Committee to stand back during the holidays. The committee met to review the various assumptions and parameters of the MTEF, as many analyzes have taken place and some conclusions have been made, some with which we are in tandem, some with which we need clarification.

“We discovered that the MTEF was based on forecasts from the World Bank. The price of crude oil would average $ 60 per barrel, another assumption was that our oil production would be 1.88 million barrels per day and the currencies would go to N 410.15 for 2022/2023/2024 ,” he said.

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4-year moratorium for AGR contributions, 100% FDI, rationalization of BGs, KYC standards https://beaconatbangsar.com/4-year-moratorium-for-agr-contributions-100-fdi-rationalization-of-bgs-kyc-standards/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:57:27 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/4-year-moratorium-for-agr-contributions-100-fdi-rationalization-of-bgs-kyc-standards/

Granting significant relief to telecom service operators, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced a moratorium or postponement of up to four years in annual dues payments resulting from the Adjusted Gross Income (AGR) judgment or adjudication. spectrum payments. The Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to bring nine structural reforms and five procedural reforms as well as relief measures for the telecommunications sector. The Firm also decided to streamline the Know Your Customer (KYC) procedure for subscribers. The Cabinet also decided to authorize 100% of foreign direct investment (FDI) automatically to encourage investment in the telecommunications sector. The package is expected to stimulate the proliferation of 4G, inject liquidity and create an environment conducive to investment in 5G networks.

The Cabinet approved measures to meet the liquidity needs of all telecommunications service providers (TSPs). It includes a moratorium or deferral of up to four years in annual payments of contributions arising from the AGR judgment, however, by protecting the net present value (NPV) of the amounts owed protected. “Moratorium or deferral on payments due for spectrum purchased in past auctions, excluding the 2021 auction, up to four years with NPV protected at the interest rate stipulated in the respective auctions,” states he in a press release.

The Union Cabinet also offered TSPs the option of paying the amount of interest arising from the moratorium on equity payments.

For the option to convert the amount due on the deferred payment into equity at the end of the moratorium or deferral period, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) will finalize the guidelines.

“This will be applicable to all TSPs and will provide relief by facilitating liquidity and cash flow. It will also help various banks with substantial exposure to the telecommunications sector, ”the government said.

The Firm also decided to introduce Know Your Customer (KYC) reforms, allowing app-based auto-KYC and lowering the e-KYC rate to Re1. In a tweet, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, says a telecommunications subscriber can change their plan from prepaid to postpaid and vice versa without undergoing a new one. KYC.

Here are the structural reforms announced by the Union cabinet …

1. Rationalization of adjusted gross income-AGR: Non-telecom revenues will be prospectively excluded from the definition of the AGR.

2. Streamlined Bank Guarantees (BG): Considerable reduction in BG requirements (80%) compared to license fees (LF) and other similar levies. No requirement for multiple BGs in different Licensed Service Area (LSA) regions of the country. Instead, a BG will suffice.

3. Rationalized interest rates / Penalties eliminated: As of October 1, 2021, late payment of License Fee (LF) / Spectrum Usage Fee (SUC) will result in a lending rate interest rate based on the marginal cost of funds (MCLR) of the State Bank of India (SBI) grossed up 2% instead. MCLR plus 4%; interest compounded annually instead of monthly; penalty and interest on penalties eliminated.

4. For auctions held now, no BG will be required to guarantee installment payments. The industry has matured and the past practice of BG is no longer required.

5. Spectrum duration: In future auctions, the spectrum duration has been reduced from 20 to 30 years.

6. Abandonment of the specter will be authorized after 10 years for frequencies acquired in future auctions.

7. No spectrum usage fees (SUC) for spectrum acquired in future spectrum auctions.

8. Spectrum sharing encouraged- additional 0.5% SUC for the sharing of the deleted spectrum.

9. TO encourage investment, 100% automatic foreign direct investment (FDI) authorized in the telecommunications sector. All guarantees will apply.

Here are the procedural reforms announced by the Union cabinet …

1. Corrected auction calendar – Spectrum auctions are normally held in the last quarter of each financial year.

2. Ease of doing business promoted – the onerous licensing requirement under the 1953 Customs Notification for wireless equipment has been removed and replaced by self-declaration.

3. Know Your Customers (KYC) reforms: Auto-KYC (app based) allowed. E-KYC rate revised to one rupee. Switching from prepaid to postpaid and vice versa will not require a new KYC.

4. Paper customer acquisition forms (CAF) will be replaced by digital data storage. Almost 300-400 crore of paper CAF in various TSP warehouses will not be needed. The CAF warehouse audit will not be necessary.

5. SACFA authorization for telecommunications towers is relaxed. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will accept the data on a portal based on self-reporting. Portals of other agencies (such as civil aviation) will be linked to the DoT portal.


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Government cuts tariffs on edible oils to check prices during holiday season https://beaconatbangsar.com/government-cuts-tariffs-on-edible-oils-to-check-prices-during-holiday-season/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 15:54:03 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/government-cuts-tariffs-on-edible-oils-to-check-prices-during-holiday-season/

New Delhi: In order to ensure the availability of edible oil to consumers at fair prices, the central government further reduced the standard tariff rate on crude palm oil, crude soybean oil and soybean oil. 2.5% crude sunflower and on refined palm oils, refined soybean oil and 32.5% refined sunflower oil from 11.09.2021.

Agri-cess for crude palm oil has been increased from 17.5% to 20%. The government, Vide Notification No. 43/2021-Customs, dated September 10, 2021 has rescinded the Government of India’s notification to the Department of Revenue No. 34/2021-Customs, dated September 29 June, 2021, except for things done or omitted to do before this cancellation, which means that the last import duty (wef 11.09.2021) is suspended until new orders.

It can be noted that the international prices and therefore the domestic prices of edible oils were high in 2021-22, which is a source of serious concern from the point of view of inflation and consumers. Import duties on edible oils are one of the important factors that have affected the landed cost of edible oils and hence domestic prices.

In order to mitigate the rise in these prices, the Indian government had taken a series of measures between February 2021 and August 2021. Some of them included-

1. Rationalization of import duties

The government, in Customs Notification 34/2021, dated June 29, 2021, reduced the standard rate of duty on crude palm oil to 10% from 06.30.2021 and will be in effect until September 30, 2021.

2. The government, in accordance with the notification n ° 10 / 2015-2020 of the DGFT of June 30, 2021, modified the policy of importing refined palm oils from “restricted” to “free” with immediate effect and for a period until 31.12.2021. .

In addition, refined palm oils are not permitted in any port in Kerala.

3. The government, in Customs Notification No. 40/2021 of August 19, 2021, reduced the standard duty rate on crude soybean oil and crude sunflower oil to 7.5% and oil refined soybean and 37.5% sunflower oil with effect from 20.08.2021. This was done through Amendments to Government of India Notification, Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No. 34/2021-Cutoms, dated June 29, 2021.

4. Facilitation at various ports by customs, FSSAI, PP&Q, DFPD and DoCA

5. To expedite the clearance of imported edible oil shipments delayed due to COVID-19, a committee is in place, consisting of the Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI), Plant Quarantine of D / o Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, D / o Food and Public Distribution, D / o Consumer Affairs and Customs which examines consignments of imported edible oils on a weekly basis and also informs the Interministerial Committee for Agricultural Products chaired by the Secretary (Food).

The standard operating procedure for faster customs clearance of edible oil import consignments has been prepared. The average residence time for customs clearance of consignments has fallen to 3.4 days for edible oils.

According to the latest notification, the previous and current import duties are shown below:

The tariff reductions already made amount to approximately Rs. 3500 crore in a full year. With the current / most recent reduced import duty valued at Rs 1,100 crore in a full year, the total direct value of the benefits that should be passed on to consumers, in terms of rights waived by the government, is of 4,600 crore rupees.


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Create stickier retail safety and security training https://beaconatbangsar.com/create-stickier-retail-safety-and-security-training/ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 15:06:56 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/create-stickier-retail-safety-and-security-training/

The effectiveness of a retailer’s training is tested daily on how staff handle conflict with customers, the form they use to lift heavy boxes or if they click on an unfamiliar attachment to a customer. E-mail. There is no guarantee that associates will always remember their training – or that they will comply 100% with the guidelines – but are there ways to improve your chances?

Kroger tries to do this by offering shorter, more frequent instructions and injecting some fun into them, hoping that translates into better engagement. The program, Fresh Start, uses a platform from training company Axonify, which allows associates to access personalized training through an app. Through gamification, instruction is tailored to an associate’s needs and knowledge gaps and takes just five minutes per shift.

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Senchal Murphy, senior director of training and integration at Kroger, said Kroger’s goal is to “deliver a more personalized digital experience for associates through focused, small-scale training that enables them to learn. and grow in a fun and engaging way ”. On-demand and role-specific training and resources are complemented by training in leadership and career development and on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Carol Leaman, co-founder and CEO of Axonify, said the platform enables companies to move “from a one-stop training approach to a continuous, personalized model focused on providing associates with the knowledge they need to succeed in their roles. current and future “.

Kroger’s new training initiative is a key part of a larger investment in frontline workers, which the company says is designed to help them “feel more informed and connected to the goals of the organization. and to create an environment where they can flourish and progress ”.

Principles of education

Training is a critical part of creating engaged employees, and experts say that no matter how it is delivered, through technology or in person, content needs to be developed with one truth in mind. obvious but often forgotten that LP staff and retail associates are not. t children.

Training children and adults are two very different disciplines, according to training experts. Safety presentations may sometimes want to follow the principles of child rearing – when teaching a completely new concept to LP staff, for example – but it is usually smarter to employ andragogy, which refers to the methods and principles used in adult education. Compare the differences between the methods in five main ways:

  1. Must know. In the traditional educational model, the teacher decides what the learner needs to know and the learner usually believes it. In the adult world, learners are more critical and ask, “Why do I need to know?
  2. Self concept. In the traditional educational model, the knowledge and experience of the teacher is the source of success. Equally important when teaching adults is that the learners do not come to the training as a “blank page”.
  3. To live. First-time learners come with fewer barriers to the learning process, but in adult education, workers’ past school experience colors their approach to their current training. A security guard who has had difficulty in school may approach security training with apprehension by following traditional pedagogy.
  4. Ready to learn. With children, teachers can tell students what to learn. With adults, learners need to recognize that learning is to their advantage.
  5. Motivation. External motivation is successful with young learners, but internal motivation is usually the only way to get adults to learn to their fullest potential.

Best practices of training experts

The differences were often pointed out at a conference on best practices in safety education, training and communication. A keynote speaker said workers have a “knowledge backpack” that needs to be adapted. Another described it as “baggage” with less enthusiasm. Whatever name you give it, training loss prevention staff (or general associates on safety issues) requires an appreciation of what workers bring with them when training.

The training experts made several suggestions. The main one was to make the existing knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of workers the very foundation of any training program developed by a retailer. “Use your audience to guide your training” was the mantra of the conference.

Any organization that trains adult workers must go beyond the teacher-student dynamic in training presentations, and this always applies when the information is “for their own good” or is an explanation of strict rules, have warned the training experts.

Security issues often leave no room for debate: a security policy is a security policy, after all. Nonetheless, safety education cannot simply be a list of dos and don’ts in traditional education mode. Even then, adults will disconnect unless the training follows the principles of adult education.

Concrete example: training on violence at work. Managers could give store associates a 30-minute lecture on what to look for, what to do in an emergency, and recite the policies and procedures to follow, then test at the end to see if they’ve held up. Lesson. But following this model of education – one based solely on telling workers what they need to know – has inherent problems. Experts say it would be more meaningful to also get associates to share their own experiences, develop role-play exercises, and explain how each safety procedure will make them safer in the workplace.

Put into practice

How can a retailer better align training programs with the principles of adult education in order to improve the effectiveness of training? Here are the suggestions for six presentations by safety training researchers at the Best Practices Conference:

  • Create a “need to know” and make the training seem applicable and not theoretical. Adults have little patience for “learning to learn”. Show workers every step of the way in the training process how the information you provide them applies to them in their day-to-day jobs and how it can affect them. In teaching cybersecurity awareness, for example, retail horror stories of how information security breaches led to layoffs might help workers see the connection.
  • Demonstrate respect for knowledge workers and incorporate their diversity of knowledge into training. For example, during the LP Agent Refresher Training in Stores on Managing Shoplifting Incidents, have the agents share their own experiences and then develop solutions as a group to manage them in the best possible way.
  • Respect the fact that some staff may not have had positive school experiences. Announcing that learning will be judged during post-training testing may delay learning for officers or staff who have had problems at school. Instead, training should have multiple means of assessing whether employees understand the material, through games, role plays, oral questions, or other means.
  • Incorporate new technology. Training doesn’t need bells and whistles to be effective, trainers say, but training should reflect new tools as they become available. It’s not uncommon for training programs to be put on autopilot, resulting in the same sexual harassment video playing for decades, experts warn.
  • Reflect cultural and demographic changes. Compared to ten years ago, today’s employees speak differently, react to different images and have different cultural references. Any security training requires an occasional update to reflect these changes in order to remain meaningful.
  • Take the time to learn about your target audiences. What are their personal beliefs? What are the barriers to behavior change? Then target your security awareness activities with these standards and beliefs in mind.
  • Don’t train by thinking about employee “actions” alone. You can get positive results with training focused on changing worker actions, but those improvements are usually “springy,” the experts said. For example, berating employees for not wearing ID badges can lift compliance, but it’s often temporary. Training can instill a more permanent change when it is designed to affect the work habits and culture of workers. When security is anchored in this way, ID badge compliance can improve continuously rather than decline after an accent program ends.
  • Use logical arguments whenever possible. Security teams can try to affect unwanted behavior, such as allowing piggybacking in restricted areas, in a variety of ways, including corruption, threats, or emotional calls. But the logical arguments have proven to be more robust over time in research studies, according to experts. If workers accept the logic of a certain behavior, they will be more likely to display it in six months. Coercing workers with rewards or the threat of punishment and bad behavior is likely to return in time.


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Entry ban for vehicles from the Transdniestrian region of Moldova without a neutral sample license plate comes into force https://beaconatbangsar.com/entry-ban-for-vehicles-from-the-transdniestrian-region-of-moldova-without-a-neutral-sample-license-plate-comes-into-force/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 11:21:00 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/entry-ban-for-vehicles-from-the-transdniestrian-region-of-moldova-without-a-neutral-sample-license-plate-comes-into-force/

Since September 1, Ukraine has banned the entry of cars from the Transnistria region of Moldova that do not have neutral license plates.

The press service of the Interior Ministry said in a statement, the Ukrainian news agency reports.

In accordance with the instructions of the Cabinet of Ministers and the note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from September 1, only vehicles from the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova that will have license plates of an approved sample and So-called neutral plates, will be allowed to participate in international traffic, with other vehicles registered in accordance with the legislation of Moldova.

The national border guard service clarified all questions of interaction with the units of the national customs service concerning the procedure for refusing passage of these vehicles and the units of the national police on the procedure to be followed in the event of detection of such vehicles in controlled border areas.

Information on these changes through the apparatus of border representatives has been communicated to the Moldovan side.

The procedure for accounting, registration and declaration of vehicles transported across the state border is governed by the customs legislation of Ukraine.

As the Ukrainian News Agency reported earlier, on March 16 Deputy Head of President’s Office Ihor Zhovkva discussed the issue of a peaceful settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict with the Special Representative of the President of the Organization. for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Thomas Mayr. -Harting.

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Confusion over Royal Caribbean procedure for consecutive cruises https://beaconatbangsar.com/confusion-over-royal-caribbean-procedure-for-consecutive-cruises/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 12:29:19 +0000 https://beaconatbangsar.com/confusion-over-royal-caribbean-procedure-for-consecutive-cruises/

Royal Caribbean was quick to return from an email sent to guests this week. The email said the cruise line has a new policy in place that requires all guests on consecutive cruises to pack all of their items and leave the ship between their cruises. Just hours after the cruise line sent the email, a new email was sent stating that it was an error.

The cruise line sent out the new procedure to guests this week, which comes as the cruise line has actively reviewed and renewed its onboard policies for vaccinations, back-to-back cruises, and onboard and ashore testing since Bahamas and the US Virgin Islands changed their entry requirements.

Royal Caribbean apologizes

Royal Caribbean was quick to respond to the backlash the company received on various online and social media. In a reaction, the company said the following:

On our last consecutive update, we provided incorrect information and apologize for the confusion. We had informed all consecutive guests that they had to pack their bags and bring them to the terminal between departures. This is a mistake. You don’t need to pack your bags and bring them to the terminal. Below is corrected consecutive testing information in bold and some additional details for our consecutive cruisers.

The new policy sent by the company will likely be received in a much more positive light, as customers are not required to pack and leave the ship with them between cruises. In addition, the tests will be carried out on board the ship and not in the terminal. This means that passengers only need to leave the ship for customs and immigration and check in for their new cruise:

Passengers on consecutive cruises must present proof of complete COVID 19 vaccination and must pass a COVID 19 test producing negative results between each navigation. This test will be administered on board at no cost to the guest.

The regular back-to-back process will take place on the day of the rotation, meaning back-to-back guests will disembark (leaving their luggage on board) and check-in for the next cruise will take place.

If you do consecutive cruises on different ships within 3 days, we will organize a free pre-cruise COVID-19 test on the last day of your navigation. Just let customer service on board a few days before you disembark and they will organize the free test for you.

Below is our original article that describes the original email that was sent to consecutive guests. This information is no longer current.

Pack your bags and wait

Consecutive cruises have long been a popular option for guests who want to stay on a cruise ship for a little longer. As many ships have alternative routes, staying on board for a second cruise to explore new ports of call comes at a cost.

In a normal situation, guests who stay for a consecutive trip can simply keep their personal effects on the ship and even in the cabin if they are booked in the same cabin for the next trip. A new policy that has been emailed to Royal Caribbean customers who have booked on consecutive cruises changes this:

Between two consecutive crossings, passengers must undergo additional tests in the terminal. Passengers will be required to disembark the ship with their luggage, undergo tests and, once they receive their negative test result, will be greeted on board during their check-in.

This then means that the cruise line requires all consecutive passengers to pack all their bags, disembark from the ship, undergo tests, wait for the test result and return on board for an assigned boarding hour. He is all the difference with Carnival Cruise Line, which only requires passengers to leave the ship to go through customs and immigration procedures.

The procedure is also not in accordance with the protocol established by the CDC in CSO manual. This indicates that cruise ship operators should collect samples for SARS-CoV-2 viral testing unless passengers are fully vaccinated or have recovery documentation within the last 90 days for boarded passengers, disembarked passengers if the trip lasts longer than four nights, and passengers on consecutive crossings before the vessel sailing on the next voyage. That being said, the new procedure that cruise lines have in place to test all guests before departure is also not something the CDC is demanding.

Why did Royal implement this policy?

Cruise lines have come under increased surveillance of late for COVID-19 outbreaks aboard their ships. Royal Caribbean may take the opportunity to implement additional cleaning on board ships.

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Guests from Royal Caribbean (Photo credit: Eric Glenn / Shutterstock.com)

By instructing guests to leave the ship, guest cabins and passenger areas around the ship can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, ensuring that any residue from a previous cruise is removed from the ship as much as possible. And, by asking guests to be tested ashore and wait for results ashore, all cases will belong to the next trip and can be marked as found cases before a trip begins.

Also Read: 13 Royal Caribbean Ships Resumed As Mariner of the Seas Restarts From Port Canaveral

Whatever the reason, it is evident that Royal Caribbean is taking no chances to ensure that COVID stays away from its ships. The line has now implemented a 100% vaccination mandate on all of its vessels worldwide.

The only exception is for those under 12 and those whose medical conditions prevent vaccination, provided they do not take a consecutive cruise. Consecutive cruises are only available to passengers with all members of the traveling party having been fully vaccinated.

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