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DEME in Singapore: Important Milestone for Tuas Terminal Project


DEME Group has just released the latest update on their Tuas Terminal Phase 1 Port Development Project in Singapore, announcing the completion of Finger Pier 2’s Quay Wall Perimeter. According to DEME, the remainder of 380 ha of land can now be reclaimed for the new terminal, also known as finger piers. When completed, the 21 deep-water berths under Phase ... Read More »

ICA seizes 6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes hidden in gaming machines


Singapore : the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) confiscated 6,000 cigarettes hidden in gaming machines at a warehouse in Tuas Avenue 3. A press release on March 13 by the ICA stated the discovery of the smuggled items hidden in 10 “Game Machines” in a 40-foot container at the warehouse. Anomalies were detected by officers studying the scanned images of ... Read More »

Man gets jail for contraband cigarettes and trying to escape from custody


SINGAPORE : A construction worker, who was arrested by Singapore Customs officers for contraband cigarettes, tried to escape from custody while in hospital for an X-ray. Hossain Md Masum, a 30-year-old Bangladeshi, dashed out of the National University Hospital (NUH) and ran across Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) while three Customs officers gave chase. Hossain climbed over a centre divider on ... Read More »

P&G puts aside $12m to grow new Singapore-based businesses


These could involve new brands, technology platforms and business models, it said yesterday. P&G – the parent company of haircare brand Pantene and cosmetics brand SK-II, among others – added that $8 million of the investment will go to a seed fund for a team of employees to work on projects and collaborate with local enterprises on business ideas. The ... Read More »

Singapore plan to adopt e-bills of lading to cut global trade costs


Singapore is planning to shift international trade to a paperless system with the implementation of e-bills of lading later this year. The aim is to cut costs for businesses and to also reduce delays for container ships during docking and unloading at ports. Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran announced the project during his ministry’s Committee of Supply ... Read More »

Singapore authorities confirm woman killed in Tuas CIQ complex accident

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JOHOR BARU: Singaporean authorities have confirmed that a woman was killed in an accident involving a factory bus at the Tuas Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex earlier today. The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA) said the woman was 35 years old, but did not reveal her nationality nor her name. ICA also said the heavy vehicle lane, which ... Read More »

100 community events and projects to be rolled out in Singapore to mark Bicentennial


SINGAPORE : The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, which has almost two centuries of history, is curating a photo exhibition which matches photographs of 100 Singaporeans with their ancestors. The exhibition, called “From Singapore to Singaporeans – Pioneers and Descendants”, is one of more than 100 ground-up events and projects to uncover stories of the Republic’s past as the ... Read More »

Singaporean man and Malaysian customs officer get into shouting match after mishearing each other


Ah, much ado about nothing. A misunderstanding that emerged from poor auditory conditions resulted in a full-blown shouting match between a Malaysian customs officer and a Singaporean man passing through the checkpoint. Believed to have taken place last Friday night at the Sultan Iskandar customs, immigration and quarantine complex in Johor Bahru (that’s the one near Woodlands), footage of the ... Read More »

Singapore foils man’s attempt to smuggle contraband cigarettes in bread loaf


SINGAPORE – A 38-year-old motorcyclist who tried to smuggle contraband cigarettes into Singapore using a hollowed-out loaf of bread was caught at Woodlands Checkpoint last Saturday (Feb 16). The Malaysian man hid five packets of contraband cigarettes in the loaf of bread, which was placed in the basket of his motorcycle, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a ... Read More »

Singapore total trade breaks $1t again after four years

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Singapore’s total merchandise trade rose 9.2% to reach $1.1t in 2018, a record it has not hit since 2014, data from Enterprise Singapore (ESG) revealed. However, the growth rate in 2018 is weaker than the rate in 2017 (11.1%) According to its 2018 review, both exports and imports grew by 7.9% and 10.6% respectively. Oil trade rose 16.8% in 2018 ... Read More »

Smaller tax-free shopping and alcohol allowances


Returning travellers have a smaller allowance on tax-exempt overseas shopping, under new rules that kicked in at midnight today. Those who spend fewer than 48 hours outside Singapore will now avoid paying the 7 per cent goods and services tax (GST) only if the total value of items bought abroad is $100 or less, down from $150. The threshold has ... Read More »

Duty-unpaid cigarettes seized from 80-year-old’s bags at Singapore Cruise Centre

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SINGAPORE: Officers at the Singapore Cruise Centre seized duty-unpaid cigarettes from two bags belonging to an 80-year-old Singaporean man. In a Facebook post , the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that a total of three cartons, 34 packets and 21 loose sticks of duty-unpaid cigarettes were concealed in assorted boxes found within the bags. The officers had detected anomalies ... Read More »

Six men arrested, more than 3,800 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized in raid


SINGAPORE: Six men were arrested and more than 3,800 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized in an operation in an industrial building in Admiralty Street on Friday (Jan 11), Singapore Customs said on Tuesday. The total duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded amounted to about S$353,2550 and S$26,040, respectively. Four men – one Indonesian and three Singaporeans – were arrested ... Read More »

Maritime Innovation Accelerator Founded in Singapore


Singapore : The “EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars”, based at EPS’ headquarters in Singapore, will be the first mentorship-driven start-up accelerator of its kind to target the maritime industry. From April 2019, EPS and Techstars will begin accepting applications from start-up organizations around the world, before selecting a shortlist of ten companies to be participants in the accelerator’s inaugural ... Read More »

Singapore still trails behind Hong Kong in economic freedom


Hong Kong beat out Singapore as the freest economy in Asia Pacific and across the globe according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2019 index of economic freedom, with a freedom score of 90.2 compared to the Lion City’s 89.4. Singapore’s overall score inched up by 0.6 points on the back of increases in scores for trade freedom and government integrity outpacing ... Read More »

LTA eyes to ban driver exclusivity arrangements


The agency hopes that the move will spur competition and improve service quality. Drivers may soon be able to drive for operators other than their own as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) proposed to prohibit driver exclusivity arrangements in an effort to enhance regulations for the point-to-point transport sector, according to an announcement. The proposal is part of LTA’s plans ... Read More »

Singapore proposes stricter rules for ride-hailing operators


SINGAPORE: Singapore is proposing to step up regulation of ride-hailing companies such as Grab and Go-Jek, bringing rules for the services in line with taxi operators in a bid to better protect the safety of commuters and drivers. The city-state’s regulators asked for public comment on the subject through Feb. 21 because of the gaps in how street-hailing and ride-hailing ... Read More »

Illegal cigarette buyer who drove into officer while fleeing raid given probation


SINGAPORE – A young man who was trying to buy contraband cigarettes lost his nerve when he was stopped by Singapore Customs officers in a raid, and drove into an officer while attempting to flee. Muhammad Irfan Rukaimi, 21, accelerated the car despite being surrounded by officers. He ended up crashing into one of them, causing the officer’s kneecap to ... Read More »

Singapore companies gearing up for hybrid cloud


Singapore enterprises are increasingly in favour of hybrid cloud as they move away from traditional datacentres, a study has found. According to Nutanix’s inaugural Enterprise cloud index, Singapore companies plan to reduce their use of traditional datacentres from 42% to 17% over the next two years. Over the same period, they are looking to increase their use of hybrid cloud ... Read More »

ICA seizes 7,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes


Singapore : A truck driver tried to smuggle almost 7,500 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes into Singapore by declaring the contraband consignment to be “rockwool”. However, the miscreant failed to pull the wool over the eyes of Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers who seized the massive haul last week. They were conducting checks on a Singapore-registered truck carrying a 20ft ... Read More »