SINGAPORE: A Singaporean was fined Thursday, Jan.14, to S $ 6,000, by default of 30 days in jail, for submitting forged documents to Singapore customs regarding two shipments of cigarettes.
Ekbal Din Shaik Dawood, 52, is the sole owner of the Turino Export Import freight forwarding company.
The company exported the two cigarette shipments from Singapore to the UK in January and February last year, stating in documents known as bills of lading (BL) that they only contained Milo powder. .
The consignments contained 1,938 cartons of cigarettes and were seized by Her Majesty’s Tax and Customs Services of the United Kingdom.
“Singapore Customs has opened an investigation and asked Turino for documents relating to the two shipments,” the agency said in a press release.
“Ekbal submitted two BLs to Singapore Customs, who said the consignments contained cigarettes and Milo powder,” he added.
“The two BLs submitted by Ekbal to Singapore Customs were found to be different from the original BLs provided by the shipping company and the booking agent, who said the shipments only contained Milo powder.”
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Further investigation revealed that Ekbal submitted the forged documents on the instructions of an unknown person who hired him to install Turino.
“By allowing the man to use Turino as the exporter of the two consignments, Ekbal had facilitated the transnational smuggling of two consignments of cigarettes from Singapore to the UK,” Singapore Customs said.
Mr. Goh Hoon Lip, Head of Singapore Customs’ Trade Investigations Division, said cracking down on such activities was essential to maintain Singapore’s status as a reputable center of international trade.
“Singapore Customs does not tolerate the use of our port and logistics facilities for transnational smuggling,” Goh said.
“Strong action will be taken against stray traders to maintain Singapore’s status as a trusted global trading center.”
For submitting forged documents to Singapore customs, Ekbal could have been fined up to S $ 10,000 – or the equivalent of the amount of duty and goods and services tax payable, depending on the amount. the highest – or jailed for up to 12 months, or both.