SINGAPORE: From March 1, cigarettes sold in Singapore which do not bear the new Singapore Duty—Paid Cigarette (SDPC) mark will be deemed duty—unpaid and illegal.
The new SDPC mark features a series of vertical bars around the cigarette stick.
The Singapore Customs said this allows enforcement officers and the public to easily differentiate duty—paid cigarettes from duty—unpaid or contraband cigarettes.
This measure will also enhance the effectiveness of the anti—contraband cigarette operations that Singapore Customs conducts across the island to curb the selling, buying and possession of contraband cigarettes.
To give manufacturers and retailers sufficient time to phase in the new SDPC mark, cigarettes bearing the new SDPC mark were allowed to be sold from 1 December 2012.
Travellers who bring in cigarettes from overseas for their own consumption are required to declare them at the Customs Red Channel for payment of duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
And they are advised to keep the receipt issued by Singapore Customs as proof of payment of duty and GST.
Those who buy, sell, deliver, store, keep, possess or deal with duty—unpaid goods face stiff penalties.
They could be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty evaded and jailed for up to six years.
Members of the public with information on smuggling activities or evasion of Customs duty or GST should contact Singapore Customs on its hotline 1800—2330000 or email email@example.com.
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