13-Apr-2017 filed under Press Releases
On 12 April 2017 at about 4.30am, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers directed an arriving Malaysia-registered lorry, driven by a lone 33-year-old Malaysian man, for further checks at the Tuas Checkpoint.
2. The ICA officers had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the lorry which was conveying a consignment declared to contain ‘Ceramic Fibers’. During the course of checks, ICA officers found duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed among the consignment. The driver, duty-unpaid cigarettes and lorry were handed over to Singapore Customs for investigations. The vehicle used in the commission of such offences is liable to be forfeited.
3. The total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded amounted to about S$776,000.00 and S$57,510.00 respectively.
4. Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. The security checks are critical to our nation’s security. The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands. The same methods of concealment used by contraband smugglers may be used by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives to carry out attacks in Singapore.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
13 APRIL 2017
Lorry used in the smuggling of duty-unpaid cigarettes
Duty-unpaid cigarettes found concealed among the consignment of ‘Ceramic Fibers’
A total of 10,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized