The Straits Times
Published on Jan 30, 2013

Customs seizes largest haul of contraband cigarettes since 2009


Singapore Customs seized its largest haul of contraband cigarettes since 2009 during an operation on Jan 23.

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority officers checked on a prime-mover that was was suspected to be transporting duty-unpaid cigarettes out of Jurong Port. The vehicle was delivering consignment that had been declared as pottery. However, officers uncovered 18,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes from the wooden crates in the trailer.

Three men were arrested and investigations are ongoing.

The authorities mounted three more operations over the next two days in Bukit Panjang and Woodlands, netting a total of 21,227 cartons of contraband cigarettes in the three days. The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded exceeded $1.8 million.