Prime mover found with duty-unpaid cigarettes (Source : ICA).

Duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden within modified compartment of prime mover

On 4 November 2016 at about 10pm, an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer at the Jurong Scanning Station directed a Singapore-registered prime mover, driven by a male Chinese national, for further inspection as the officer had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the 40-footer container although the driver claimed that it was empty. 

During the course of the inspection, the officers found 4,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden within a modified compartment of the container .

The 31-year-old driver and the container with the duty-unpaid cigarettes were handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigations.

According to ICA, the potential duty and Goods and Services Tax of the duty-unpaid cigarettes amounted to about S$429,900 and S$40,070 respectively.

Modified compartment within the container (Source : ICA).
Modified compartment within the container (Source : ICA).
Duty-unpaid cigarettes found in the modified compartment (Source : ICA).
Duty-unpaid cigarettes found in the modified compartment (Source : ICA).
Total duty-unpaid cigarettes seized (Source : ICA).
Total duty-unpaid cigarettes seized (Source : ICA).

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