More than 13,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized by Singapore Customs after an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer at the Pasir Panjang Scanning Station directed a 20-footer container on Thursday (22 March) at about 8.30 am for inspection.
ICA stated that its officer had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the container that was declared to contain 1,600 pairs of safety shoes in 18 pallets. Instead of safety shoes, officers found 10,800 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in the container.
According to the authority, the total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to about $1,123,010 and $81,410 respectively. The seized exhibits were handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigations.
In a separate case, ICA said that an officer at Tuas Checkpoint directed a Singapore-registered tour bus for routine inspection upon arrival on 26 March at about 2.50pm, which was driven by a 57-year-old Singaporean man.
During the checks, ICA officers uncovered 2,999 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes from the modified compartments within the staircase and floorboard of the bus. The total duty and GST evaded amounted to about $294,540 and $21,410 respectively.
ICA noted that the driver, duty-unpaid cigarettes and vehicle were handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigations. The vehicle used in the commission of such offences is liable to be forfeited.