The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Singapore, Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Singapore, Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Singapore, the following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Passport (original or copy with photograph)
  • Residence Visa
  • Residence Permit
  • Copy of letter applying for Residence Permit/Employment Pass
  • Copy of acknowledgment card from Immigration
  • Proof of Employment (letter from Customer’s employer to Director of Customs and Excise, stating employee’s designation and anticipated stay in Singapore)
  • Inventory (two legible copies) detailing contents of cartons
  • Customs Declaration signed by customer, stating goods have been owned and used by customer for at least six months
  • Contact information (address and telephone) of customer

When shipping goods overseas to Singapore, the following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • Household goods and personal effects must arrive within six months of Customer
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free if possessions have been used for at least six months abroad, are for the continued use of the owner for at least three months, and Customer is to reside in Singapore for more than 12 months
  • All shipments 100% inspected, each carton opened
  • Only one AIR and one SURFACE shipment allowed

When shipping goods overseas to Singapore, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • New furniture subject to duty (supply invoices)
  • Only one of each major electrical item allowed duty-free
  • Refrigerators
  • Antiques are duty-free, but require a detailed inventory and a certificate of antiquity (age)
  • Prescription drugs (valid prescription must be provided)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products (highly discouraged)
    • Alcoholic beverages are subject to very high duties
    • Document exact number of bottles and type of alcoholic beverages
    • Load in container for easy access
  • Book and magazine publications examined randomly
  • Video tapes, laser discs, cassettes and films are highly discouraged, and if imported are subject to censorship (Screening charges are for the Customer’s account)
    • Provide a list of the name of the video films
    • Videos that are exempt from censorship are children’s cartoon videos in their original packaging and personal recordings of family events.
  • Certain types of stuffed birds, animals and agricultural products require an import license

When shipping goods overseas to Singapore, the following items are prohibited, but not limited to,  from entry into the country:

  • Narcotics, non-branded drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Chewing gum
  • Guns (including toy guns), weapons, ammunition and firecrackers – violation punishable by death
  • The following weapons may be imported, but require permission from the authorities: Swords and knives, spear guns, blow pipes and bows and arrows
  • Pornographic or politically controversial materials
  • Hand-held radio transmitting devices
  • All live and stuffed animals on the Endangered Species List
  • Counterfeit currency, toy coins and toy currency notes
  • Plants and vegetable products
  • Radio transmitters
  • Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Singapore, the following documents and regulations will apply:

  • Autos and motorcycles subject to very high duty and registration fees – import highly discouraged
  • Must be registered in Customer’s name for his continued use and not for re-sale
  • Boats duty-free, but must be for the owner’s use and not for re-sale
  • Left-hand drive vehicles are prohibited
  • Vehicles more than three years old cannot be imported
  • Dismantled vehicles are not permitted
  • Documents Required:
    • Certificate of Compliance from Exhaust Emission Control Standard required for ALL vehicles new or used
    • Original Commercial Invoice
    • Insurance Papers
    • Vehicle Registration Certificate
    • Owner’s Passport
    • Inward Declaration Permit
    • Customs duty payment receipt
    • Temporary Certificate of Entitlement
    • Manufacturers letter confirming date automobile was manufactured

If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Singapore or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions on documentation.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.