The Singapore government is very particular about contraband. One of the most common contraband items here is cigarettes. Starting last March, cigarettes sold here were required to strictly follow SDPC (Singapore Duty Paid Cigarette). Customs released the SDPC which describes the cigarettes who paid duty. The cigarette should bear SDPC mark together with vertical bars around the cigarette’s body.
Customs inform that buying, selling, handing over, distributing, hoarding or possessing unpaid duty cigarettes and other tobacco related goods is an act of felony under the GST and Customs acts. The government is doing its best to control these contraband items through:
The suppression teams are in charge for the prevention of smuggling. Suppression means forceful action to put an end to something. Customs place many teams and agents around the island which patrol and inspect daily. The enforcement will continue to crack down buyers and sellers.
Public Education Programs
To complement the suppression team’s efforts, the customs also launched public education programs. These are regular road shows and talks performed to spread information about contraband cigarettes. The public education programs are delivered in such a way that regular workers, youth, and the entire community can easily understand.
There are printed materials like brochures and posters are printed to be distributed at retail stores, shipyards, factories, dormitories and many more. Brochures and posters explain the outcome of trading and consuming unpaid duty taxes.
The public is encouraged to join the cause. The smugglers should think twice when it comes to illegal activities because suppression teams and the public are there to watch.