A 46-year-old foreigner was discovered on Wednesday to be in possession of undeclared Singapore and foreign currency totalling $31,023.
He was amongst 23 travellers who arrived at Changi Airport that day and have been hauled up for failing to declare money of greater than $20,000, or failing to pay taxes on cigarettes, liquor and different objects.
The police, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Singapore Customs stated in a joint assertion yesterday that the travellers have been caught following a seven-hour operation at Changi Airport Terminals 1 and three.
The companies added that they are going to be conducting extra operations with the easing of journey restrictions.
“All travellers are reminded that the authorities will not tolerate any illegal activities as we strive to safeguard our land, air and sea borders against crime and security threats, including smuggling activities and non-compliance with our regulations,” they stated.
The 23 travellers detained embody a 57-year-old foreigner who did not declare the $25,000 of Singapore and foreign currency he had on him.
Another 21 folks didn’t declare and pay taxes on cigarettes or tobacco merchandise, and liquor in extra of their duty-free allowance, in addition to new articles, souvenirs, items and meals objects exceeding their items and providers tax (GST) aid allowance.
The companies reminded members of the general public that they’re required to declare the bodily motion of any foreign money or bearer negotiable devices, which embody cheques, cash orders and bearer bonds, into or out of Singapore if the overall worth exceeds $20,000, or its equal in international foreign money.
Failing to take action may lead to a tremendous of as much as $50,000, a jail time period of as much as three years, or each.
Those convicted of evading any Customs or excise responsibility could be fined as much as 20 instances the quantity of responsibility and GST evaded.
• Travellers or returning Singaporeans are inspired to make an advance declaration and fee for his or her dutiable or GST items as much as three days earlier than they arrive right here at https://www.customs.gov.sg/eservices/customs-sg-web-application/