And fined if you are unable to show proof that the pack is duty paid. And you will have to pay as much as $200 (RM460) per pack, on the spot.
Even with such strict penalty and fines, the pull of making money is still strong for some people. Like this case of a man wearing a coat and tie, trying to fool the authority:
He was well-dressed and drove a brand-new car.
The 30-year-old man, who was dressed in suit and tie, arrived at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Wednesday in his brand new Sports Utility Vehicle.
Upon checking, officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) found cartons of cigarettes hidden in the speaker box compartment in the car boot.
A total of 100 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes was found hidden in the vehicle. The man was arrested and his vehicle seized.
The case has been referred to Singapore Customs for further investigations.
If found guilty, first time offenders can be fined up to a maximum of 20 times the amount of duty evaded. Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to two years and fined. - CNA/de