Three contraband cigarette syndicates were disrupted in 2014. More than 57,000 packets of contraband cigarettes were seized from these operations.
Adopting a Whole-of-Government approach, Singapore Customs worked closely with other law enforcement agencies to disrupt the supply of contraband cigarettes. For example, a joint operation with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on 11 January 2014 resulted in the uncovering of 149,990 packets of contraband cigarettes concealed in specially constructed hollow spaces beneath stacks of board partitions. This was the largest seizure of contraband cigarettes in 2014.
Packets of contraband cigarettes concealed in specially constructed hollow spaces beneath the stacks of board partitions.
23,862 CIGARETTE OFFENDERS CAUGHT IN 2014
In 2014, 23,862 offenders were caught for cigarette-related offences, and among them, 5,893 contraband cigarette buyers were caught inland for smoking/possessing contraband cigarettes (see Table 2). While there was a drop in the number of offenders caught compared to 2013, the figures remained high, suggesting that the demand for contraband cigarettes remains strong.
REVENUE FROM DUTY-PAID CIGARETTES CONTINUES TO RISE
Revenue from the sale of duty-paid cigarettes maintained an upward trend, with $1.1 billion collected in 2014 (see Diagram 3).
WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE COMMUNITY TO STAMP OUT
Singapore Customs officers conducted talks and road shows at schools, foreign worker dormitories and the heartlands.
Singapore Customs continued its public education and engagement effort through various anti-contraband cigarette outreach programmes. In 2014, more than 250 anti-contraband cigarette talks and road shows were held at schools, foreign worker dormitories and in the heartlands, to raise public awareness on contraband cigarette activities.
Through these outreach programmes, members of the public are informed about the consequences of being involved in contraband cigarette activities and their role in keeping the community free of such illegal activities.