SINGAPORE - The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has made one of its largest seizures in 2013, confiscating 14,400 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes with a street value of about $1.37 million.
The evaded duty and GST involved amounted to about $1.01 million and $96,000 respectively.
On Nov 13 at about 4.15pm, ICA officers at Pasir Panjang Scanning Station directed a 40-footer container for radiographic scanning. The container had also been identified by Singapore Customs for further checks.
Its consignment was declared to contain 'candle holders, pens and towels'.
However, the scanned images were found to be inconsistent with the declared goods. The container was then directed for physical inspection.
ICA officers later found the boxes of contraband cigarettes.
The case is now under investigation by the Singapore Customs.