SINGAPORE — More than 5,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were uncovered on a Malaysia-registered lorry at Tuas Checkpoint at about 2.20am last Thursday (13 August).
In a media release on Tuesday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said that officers conducting checks noticed anomalies around the exterior of the lorry, and pried open a small section of the lorry bed, revealing the hidden duty-unpaid cigarettes.
In total, they found 5,026 cartons and 10 packets of assorted cigarettes hidden underneath the lorry bed. The total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded amounted to about $429,310 and $34,760 respectively.
The lorry was conveying a consignment of precast concrete. The case was handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation, and a 47-year-old Malaysian driver has been charged in court.
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