Wed, Aug 19, 2009
$85,000 worth of duty unpaid liquor seized

A total of 3,600 bottles of duty unpaid liquor worth S$85,000 was uncovered from a container at Pasir Panjang ports terminal early this month.

The consignment, which was declared as "Paper Shearing Machines" in all its documents, turned out to be cartons of "Gordon's London Dry Gin".

The Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA) officers immediately detained the driver of the cargo container after confirming that discrepancy between the bottle-like images showed on the scans and what had been declared.

The potential customs duty and GST payable for the contrabands amount to about S$75,600 and S$9,000 respectively.

The case has been referred to Singapore Customs for further investigations.

Upon conviction by the court, first time offenders can be fined up to 20 times the amount of duty and GST evaded. For second or subsequent convictions, offenders can be fined up to 20 times the amount of duty and GST evaded or jailed for up to two years, or to both.





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