Holy moly, smokers! Guys and girls, please take note of this! If you are a Malaysian or from any other nationalities, please do make sure that you declare your cigarettes before entering the lion’s den (Singapore) as I am pretty sure you would not want to end up paying $500 (which is roughly RM1,500) for your box of ciggies.
If you didn’t already know this, since 2009, Singapore only allows ciggies that have ‘SDPC’ (Singapore Duty-Paid Cigarette) printed on them to be ‘used’. And any of which that does not have that print is considered as an illegal item.
It was reported by Sinchew and WOB that, just yesterday, customs officers who were dressed casually carried out their special operation and within a mere two-hours, 329 contraband cigarettes were confiscated from 35 people!
One of the 35 who was caught was a Malaysian who works at a massage parlour. Apparently, as he was having his ciggie break, the man was unsuspectingly ambushed by the officers. Despite having a half-empty packet of cigarettes, which he brought in the day he came to Singapore, the man still faced the charges.
Just because you brought it into Singapore, even if it’s half-empty, you need to declare them at the customs and pay the duty fees. In an event of a spot check, smokers will just need to show the receipt that has been issued earlier to escape the fine.
So do yourselves a favour and make sure that you get all your items properly ‘verified’ before entering the country, or you could just quit smoking to save you from all that hassle…just saying…