Press Release 07 Sep 2022

Singapore Customs arrests two men and seizes more than 3,700 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes

Singapore Customs arrested a Bangladeshi, 38, and a Singaporean, 24, and seized more than 3,700 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in an operation on 5 September 2022. 

Case information

Singapore Customs officers mounted an operation at an industrial building in the vicinity of Corporation Drive, where they kept watch on a unit which the two men had entered into earlier. As one of the men was exiting the unit, officers moved in to conduct a check. They uncovered 3,744 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes wrapped in black trash bags, and 288 empty green baskets that were allegedly used as cover loads for the duty-unpaid cigarettes. Both men were arrested. 

All the duty-unpaid cigarettes found were seized in the operation. The total duty and Goods and Services tax (GST) evaded amounted to about $319,730 and $25,440 respectively. Investigations are ongoing.

Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, possessing or dealing with duty-unpaid goods are serious offences under the Customs Act and the GST Act. Offenders can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years. 

Members of public with information on smuggling activities or evasion of duty or GST can call the Singapore Customs hotline on 1800-2330000 or email customs_intelligence@customs.gov.sg to report these illegal activities.


Singapore Customs
7 September 2022


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