Officers detected a total of 1,250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes from the container (Source: Singapore Customs)

1,250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were discovered in a consignment declared as “iron or steel” and “packing or wrapping machines” amongst other consignments.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (28 July), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) stated that its officers detected anomalies in the scanned images of the container when it was presented for clearance at the Pasir Panjang Scanning Station on 20 July.

The officers then conducted an unstuffing operation at the importer’s premises at Tuas South Link and uncovered the duty-unpaid cigarettes.

The case was referred to the Singapore Customs for further investigation.

The duty-unpaid cigarettes, which were declared as “iron or steel” and “packing or wrapping machines”, were found amongst other consignments (Source: ICA).

Under the Customs Act, any person who fails to declare, or make an incorrect declaration of taxable goods, can be compounded up to S$5,000, or charged in Court, depending on the severity of the offence.

The ICA asserted that this method of concealment is a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill intent to smuggle security items into Singapore, adding that it will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, goods, and vehicles to safeguard Singapore’s security.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

Single unwed parents given same leave entitlement

In Acting Minister for Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Mr…

印尼民间团队联手打假新闻 比法律更见成效

邻国印度尼西亚在本周三(17日),举办全球最大规模的单日选举,逾1.92亿合资格选民在票站开站的8小时内完成投票。选举后,寻求连任的总统佐科维和前将领普拉博沃,都宣布胜选,不过正式选举结果,5月22日才揭晓。 至于民调显示,佐科维的得票超过55巴仙,稍高于对手。不过,两位候选人在选举期间可没少受假新闻影响选情,其中西爪哇的警察逮捕了三名女子,他们涉嫌在二月份谣传佐科维蝉联后,将废除呼唤穆斯林祷告的唤礼声(azan)以及禁止妇女包头巾。 三名女子据称来自普拉博沃竞选团队,不过该团队发言人安德雷(Andre Rosiade),已否认他们涉及参与上述三名女子的“抹黑”行为。 他们过去也否认雇用新闻工作者撰写“正面或负面的内容”,“尤其不实新闻”。 印尼记者:法律打假消息治标不治本 印尼媒体人沙弥多在本月13日,接受《今日报》采访时就指出,立法打击假新闻,只能算是即时的解决方案,但不会是打击网络假消息的上策,并质疑法律制裁的威慑能力有限。 “抓了一个人,就有10甚至100人准备好接手(制造假新新闻)。”他补充“法律打假治标不治本,关键是要教育人民懂得分辨假消息,并用适当手段抗衡之。” 沙弥多也是印尼民间“核查事实”(Cekfakta)组织中40多位记者之一。Cekfakta是由印尼24家媒体组成。 这批记者也获得谷歌谷歌新闻室的支援,在选举时进行即时的事实查证工作。 各领域专才协助查核数据 除了记者们的努力外,来自教育和经济界等各领域的专才和非政府组织,也团结一块为核实真相而努力。例如当某位候选人公布某项数据,他们就针对有关课题分析并查核事实或数据的真伪。…

The unbearable yoke of the cornerstone called family

by: Ravi Philemon/ In the State of the Family Report 2009, then-Minister…