Malaysian Royal Customs Seize 6.51 Million Cigarettes in Attempted Tax Evasion

In a significant interception, the Royal Customs Department in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, successfully halted the smuggling of 6.51 million cigarettes aimed at tax evasion.

The triumphant announcement came from Mohammad Hafiz Ishak, the Director of the Royal Customs Department in Negeri Sembilan. He declared this seizure as the largest by the Malaysian Royal Customs Department this year, estimating the confiscated cigarettes to be worth over MYR 500,000 (approximately CNY 760,000). The suspected tax evasion in this case is estimated to be around MYR 4.35 million.

Mohammad Hafiz Ishak detailed that the two trucks involved in the operation were intercepted at different locations on the North-South Expressway between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm on November 15.

In the first truck, enforcement officers discovered 298 boxes containing 14,900 cartons of cigarettes with counterfeit tax labels. The second truck, on the other hand, carried 353 boxes with 17,650 cartons of cigarettes lacking tax labels.

He added that all the cigarettes are suspected to be in violation of the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) Order 2023, specifically listed in the first and second parts of the third schedule, which prohibits the illegal importation of goods. Following the interception, his department has seized all the cigarettes, both trucks, and the male driver, a local in his early 30s.