29 smokers fined for having duty-unpaid cigarettes: Singapore Customs

29 smokers fined for having duty-unpaid cigarettes: Singapore Customs

SG Customs fines smokers Nov 29, 2018
The composition sum for a first-time offender who has up to one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes in his possession is S$500. (Photo: Singapore Customs)

SINGAPORE: A total of 29 smokers near Yew Tee Point and Jurong Point were fined on Monday (Nov 26) after they were caught with duty-unpaid cigarettes.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Singapore Customs said its officers conducted checks on smokers in the area, and issued offenders with fines ranging from S$500 to S$800.

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"Singapore Customs conducts such regular operations island-wide to suppress the demand for duty-unpaid cigarettes," it added.

A first-time offender who has up to one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes in his or her possession will be fined S$500.

Heavier penalties will apply if the offender is found with more than one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes and/or if the person is a repeat offender.

READ: Man caught twice in the same day for smoking duty-unpaid cigarettes

Earlier this month, Customs officers seized close to 12,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes during several raids in the Tuas industrial area.

On Nov 23, Immigration and Checkpoint Authority officers seized 7,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes at the Tuas Checkpoint


Source: CNA/zl(hm)

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