On July 13, Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) revealed on its social media platforms that law enforcement officers uncovered an e-cigarette smuggling case on June 30 at the Tuas checkpoint, where 11,140 disposable e-cigarettes were seized from a Malaysian-registered vehicle declared to be transporting lubricants.
The case has been handed over to the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore (HSA) for further investigation, the ICA said.
On March 28, Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) stopped a Malaysian-registered truck at Tuas Customs in a bid to smuggle 70,200 e-cigarette cartridges while carrying mineral water into the country. During an inspection of the vehicle, Customs officials discovered several hidden cartons of cigarette cartridges in the mineral water lot.
It is understood that the “TuasCheckpoint” is located in Singapore. Located just southwest of Singapore’s main island, it is one of the land entrances and exits connecting Singapore and Malaysia. The location of the station is close to many residential areas and commercial centers, is an important transportation hub between the two countries, is also one of the main land border checkpoints in Singapore, used to come to the border inspection and customs procedures.
Of note, Singapore has imposed a ban on the purchase, possession and use of e-cigarettes, which includes purchases from online and overseas. Those who violate this ban can face fines of up to S$2,000 (approximately Rs. 10,000).
In addition to this, it is also an offense to import, distribute and sell such products, and first-time offenders can be fined up to S$10,000 (approximately Rs. 54,000), imprisoned for up to six months, or both; while repeat offenders can face fines of up to S$20,000 (approximately Rs. 110,000), imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both.