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More than 7,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes found in lorries at Tuas Checkpoint

More than 7,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes found in lorries at Tuas Checkpoint

A total of 7,559 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes uncovered. (Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

SINGAPORE: A total of 7,559 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized at Tuas Checkpoint on Monday (Sep 28) by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

The goods were concealed in the cargo consignments of two Malaysia-registered lorries.

The first lorry was inspected at about 4am when officers noticed "anomalies" in scanned images of the vehicle. More than 5,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found hidden in a consignment of tissue rolls. 

First lorry carrying duty-unpaid cigarettes detected at Tuas Checkpoint. (Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)
Duty-unpaid cigarettes found hidden in the consignment of tissue rolls. (Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

About 10 minutes later, another lorry was directed for further checks, during which 2,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found hidden in boxes containing pineapples.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes found hidden in the consignment of pineapples. (Photo: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to about S$656,299 and S$52,981 respectively, said ICA in a news release on Thursday.

Three Malaysian men, aged 22, 25 and 41, have been handed over to the Singapore Customs for further investigations, ICA said.

Source: CNA/nh(gs)

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