Court orders 80 million sticks of ciggies impounded
KLANG: A Singapore-based importer was fined RM1,000 by the Sessions Court here Tuesday for failing to declare RM8mil worth of cigarettes in Port Klang.
Sessions judge Suzana Hussin also ordered the 80 million sticks of cigarettes to be impounded.
Duty on the cigarettes, which were in eight containers, amounted to more than RM25mil.
Ong Hin Lee (pic), the company director representing ACL Group Pte Ltd, pleaded guilty to failing to declare a total of 7,996 master cases of cigarettes within the one-month time frame, which is an offence under Regulation 21(1)(a) of the Free Zone Regulations 1991.
The offence took place at the inspection area of Klang Container Terminal in Northport, Port Klang, on Feb 17.
The prosecution was conducted under Regulation 33 of the Free Zone Regulations 1991, which provides for six-month jail sentence, a fine or both and the confiscation of goods upon conviction.
Customs Department prosecution officer Muhammad Sobirin Mohd Seman prosecuted while the company was not represented.
According to facts of the case, a team of enforcement officers from the Selangor Customs Department inspected the master cases of Golden Leaf and Farstar cigarettes at about 11am on Feb 17.
Further investigation revealed that the China- and Taiwan-made cigarettes that arrived at the port on Oct 14 last year were not properly declared on the FZ1 form within the stipulated time frame.