08 Feb '18, 3pm

S'poreans, it's illegal to bring bak kwa back from Johor Bahru

As Chinese New Year looms and bak kwa prices soar, bargain hunters in Singapore are going across the Causeway for cheaper alternatives. And if you didn’t know, it is illegal. Advertisement Buying bak kwa back considered smuggling Two motorists were caught attempting to smuggle bak kwa into Singapore via the Woodlands checkpoint over the past two days. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Thursday, Feb. 8 that in both cases, the packets of bak kwa were concealed in pastry or cookie packaging. The attempt to hide the bak kwa is because the smugglers know it is not allowed. Controlled item The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is conducting further investigations. Singaporeans are reminded that bak kwa is a controlled item subjected to travellers’ allowance from approved countries. There are currently only 21 AVA-approved countries, incl...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/02/buy-bak-kwa-from-jb-illegal/

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