February 14, 2018
Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers intercepted two illegal attempts to bring in large quantities of bak kwa from Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint. The bak kwa (barbequed pork) was concealed in pastry. ICA announced that since Malaysia is not an approved country for the importation of meat products and the bak kwa was disposed of. According to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore’s (AVA) website, pork products brought into Singapore for personal consumption must come from a list of 21 countries that are approved by AVA. Malaysia is not on the list. ICA and AVA reminded travellers that controlled items like ‘bak kwa’ are subjected to travellers’ allowance from approved countries. These meat products must also not exceed 5kg.