ICA freezes lorry that had 3,500 cartons of cigarettes declared as frozen food in its tracks at Tuas

A Malaysia-registered lorry was found with 3,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes at Tuas Checkpoint on early Tuesday morning (Sep 26), at around 5.30am.

The refrigerated lorry, which was driven by a 37-year-old Malaysian man and carried another 25-year-old Malaysian man, was directed for further checks by an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer.

The officer had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the lorry which was conveying a consignment declared to be frozen food, said the ICA in a Facebook post on Thursday (Sep 27).

During checks, 3,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found concealed in the consignment declared as frozen food.

According to the ICA, the total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded amounted to about $298,900 and $21,900 respectively.

The case was handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation.

The vehicle used in the commission of such offences is liable to be forfeited.

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ICA officer at Tuas checkpoint directed an arriving Malaysia-registered refrigerated lorry for further...

Posted by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Thursday, 27 September 2018