Smuggled failed; 70,000 cans of beer retained at Singapore Customs

February 23, 2018
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Almost 70,000 cans of duty-unpaid beer – declared as fruit punch – have been uncovered by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday (Feb 19).

In a Facebook post on Thursday, ICA stated that officers detected the 69,048 cans of duty-unpaid beer in a consignment whereas it was passing via the Pasir Panjang Scanning Station.

The unpaid duty and goods and services tax (GST) amounted to $86,580 and $20,140 respectively.

The Singapore Customs is investigating the case, the post stated.

ICA added that such a way of concealment poses a cause for concern, “as it could be utilized by individuals with the bad intent to smuggle security items into Singapore”.

Newest figures from ICA launched earlier this month confirmed a rise in contraband smuggling, with 90,327 cases in the past 12 months, or a daily average of 247 attempts.

This was up 2.6 percent from the 88,050 the past 1 year. There have been 95,677 such cases in 2015.

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