Singapore

SINGAPORE – CUSTOMS INFORMATION

Imports
General Import Guidelines
Import Duties and Fees
Duties Exemption
Imports Required Documents
General Imports
Re-Export
Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return
Exports
Transiting Goods
Prohibited / Restricted Goods
Aramex Clearance Service
References

View HS Codes on Singapore’s customs official site

Imports

General Import Guidelines
The importer must have a Company Registration number from Inland Revenue Authority
The imported goods must conform to activities licensed to the importing company
Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, an Original Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, and a Packing List
HS Codes must be stated clearly on Commercial Invoice. If the HS Codes are not stated, Customs will determine proper HS Codes based on the goods based on the stated description

Import Duties and Fees
The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Singapore
Customs duties at 7% is levied on CIF value
Goods and Service Tax (GST) will be imposed on imported goods is 7%
International express or courier imports with declared value below SGD 400 are duty free
Goods with declared value of more than a SGD 400 will be treated as normal cargo goods, and will require a formal customs clearance

The following are trade agreements with Singapore that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties and GST. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
Raw materials for manufacturing in Singapore destined for companies holding industrial license
Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
Diplomatic goods

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Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Singapore. The below documents are required:
Original Waybills
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)

Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Singapore for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybills
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Singapore on temporary basis for the purposes of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties has to be made for the benefit Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybills
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More

Exports

When exporting goods from Singapore some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:

Original Commercial Invoice
Customs Declaration if goods’ value is above SGD 400 or commercial quantities
For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, chemicals, medication, and agricultural goods. For more information
click here to check if your goods require an export license
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this )

Important Notes

All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Singapore
For more information on exporting from the Singapore click here

Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Singapore can only remain in for 30 days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the following documents are needed:
Original Waybills
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)
Transit permit

Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Singapore

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:
Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
Fireworks*
Ivory and ivory products*
Furs*
Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
Bullion*
Chemical waste and nuclear waste
Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
Ammunitions*
Human remains, including ashes*
Animals, plants, food items and perishable*
Chewing gum
Electronic cigarettes

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Singapore. Some examples are shown below:

Food products, live animals and plants require approval from Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA)
Pharmaceutical products require approval from Health Products Regulation Group (HPR)
Cosmetics, hair and skin care products require approval from Cosmetic Control Unit (CCU)
Electronics and communications products require approval from Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)

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Aramex Clearance Service

Aramex offers clearance service covering the following Customs Ports:

Changi Free Trade Zone
Jurong Free Trade Zone
Keppel Free Trade Zone
Pasir Panjang Free Trade Zone
Sembawang Free Trade Zone

Aramex offers a wide range of customs clearance services (starting with Delivery Order collection up to delivery of goods). In addition, Aramex offers storage in Aramex warehouses when needed.

In key locations, Aramex employees are certified and supported by a customer service team to keep customers updated, and address all inquiries

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References

Singapore Customs
Singapore HS Codes
Customs Terminologies

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