Almost 12,000 cartons of duty for all seized in raids in industrial lever areas



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SINGAPORE: Custom officers were seized close to 12,000 cartons of duty, in the case of Tuas industrial area during several raids in November, Singapore Customs said in a media release on Wednesday (Nov 28).

In the first raid on Nov. 2, Singapore Customs officers arrested three Singaporean industrial units at Tuas South Avenue 3. The suspects were retrieving duty-unpaid slabs at the time of the raid.

A total of 2,400 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found.

11,900 cartons of duty for non seized in raids at Tuas industrial area (1)

2,400 cartons of duty unpaid cigarettes found found in concrete slabs. (Photo: Singapore Customs)

On Nov 7, customs officers raided an industrial unit at Tuas South Street 1 and found 5,431 cartons and 29 packets of duty unpaid hidden six excavator arms.

Five Malaysian men were arrested.

Singapore customs seizes over 11,900 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes

5,431 cartons and 29 packets of duty for those found in six excavator arms. (Photo: Singapore Customs)

The third place of purchase is on Nov 24, in a yard at Tuas Avenue 14. Singapore Customs officer saw four duty retrievers, which are hidden in concrete slabs and loading them onto a lorry.

The four men Indonesian, a Malaysian and two Singaporeans – were arrested and a total of 4,148 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized.

Singapore customs seizes over 11,900 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes (1)

The 4,148 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes found hidden in eight concrete slabs were being loaded onto a Lorry. (Photo: Singapore Customs)

The total duty and goods and services tax evaded amounted to about S $ 1,074,390 and S $ 78,520 respectively, Singapore Customs said.

"We advise owners and managing agents of industrial use to protect cigarette activities," said Yeo Sew Meng, Singapore Customs Assistant Director-General for Intelligence and Investigation.

"They should strengthen their access to premises and services such as persons seeking to rent the premises on a short-term basis, paying cash, and not being able to provide a credible business purpose for the rental."

Those found guilty of buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, having in possession or dealing with duty-unpaid goods will face a fine of up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded, six years' jail, or both . Vehicles used in the commission of such conditions are also liable to be forfeited.

The Singapore Customs hotline members of the public with information on such activities can call at 1800-2330000, or email [email protected] Alternatively, they can use the Customs @ SG mobile app, available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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