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Singapore Domestic Services No

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Country Information

Capital: Singapore City
Population: 5,353,494 est.
Language: English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: Singapore Dollar
Time Zone Operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
Singapore GMT+7 Hour

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Trade Group Member

Singapore is a party to the World Trade Organization (WTO), formerly known as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Since January 1993, Singapore has participated in the ASEAN Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) program for the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA). The program involves the application of preferential tariffs to goods of ASEAN origin as defined under the Rules of Origin for CEPT.

Singapore is a member of Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Singapore is also a signatory of the Montreal Protocol dealing with ozone depletion controls initiative.

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora provides for the seizure of shipments prohibited under this agreement and the assessment of fines.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

For specific approved ports of clearance please contact Customs & Excise Department (CED) #10-01, 55 Newhon Road, Revenue House , 5 Maxwell Road, Singapore 307897, Fax : 250 8663.

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many paperwork-handling steps and expedite the movement of international shipments. This is the FedEx Expressclear Electronic Customs Clearance System. Starting at the origin, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information which includes importers numbers, broker designation, corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting which shipments they wish to examine. By the time the plane arrives at his destination, many packages have already been cleared by Customs. As the plane is unloaded, the Expressclear system identifies packages to be examined and prints "cleared" Customs labels for all others. Cleared shipments can be transferred to trucks for immediate delivery. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process and allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained.

Document Requirements

Bill of Lading/Air Waybill: A bill of lading/ airway bill serves as the transportation authorization that allows the exporter to designate a carrier or agent to transport goods. The bill of lading/airway bill usually indicates the following information: name and address of the shipper, name and address of the consignee, port of destination, description of goods, listing of freight and other charges, numbers of bills of lading in full set, and date and signature of the carrier's official acknowledge receipt on board of goods for shipment. The information should correspond with that appearing on the invoices and packages. Freight charges must be states separately. The airway bill replaces the bill of lading on air cargo shipments. 

Certificate of Origin: A Certificate of Origin, (COO) is sometimes requested for verification / certification of the country of origin of certain commodities. There are many types of certificate of origin in use, in most cases where trade preference is not being requested a General Certificate of Origin is used. For qualifying shipments to ASEAN countries the Form D ASEAN Certificate of Origin should be used in order to qualify for trade preference (less or zero duty based on commodity shipped.

Regardless of the type of certificate of origin used, it must be certified by a recognized chamber of commerce, which usually requires one additional notarized copy for its files.

Commercial Invoice: Invoices are required for all shipments non-document commercial goods regardless of the value. Invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction.

Customs Valuation

In Singapore, valuation for Customs purposes is based on the Brussels Definition of Value (BDV). The basic principle of the BDV is that dutiable value is the normal price or import price of goods at the port or place of importation. It pre-supposes that the sale has taken place in the open market between an independent buyer and seller. Where goods are dutiable, ad valorem or specific rates may be applied. An ad valorem rate, which is the most commonly applied, is a percentage of the assessed value of the imported goods. A specific rate is a particular amount per unit of weight or other quantity. Cost, insurance, freight, (CIF) handling charges and all other charges incidental to the sale and delivery of the goods are taken into account when duty is assessed. Exporters are required to ensure that the declared values of goods for Customs purposes are correct. If the goods have been undervalued, the Customs and Excise Department will increase the values declared. Severe penalties may be imposed on traders attempting to evade duty.

Import Duties

More than 98 per cent of tariff lines (commodities) are imported duty free. Where goods are dutiable, Cost, insurance, freight, (CIF) handling and all other charges incidental to the sale and delivery of the goods are taken into account when duty is assessed. Exporters are required to ensure that the declared values of goods for Customs purposes are correct. If the goods have been undervalued, the Customs and Excise Department will increase the values declared. Severe penalties may be imposed on traders attempting to evade duty and tax. Only 2% of goods imported into Singapore in accordance with the Schedule to the Singapore Customs Duties Order are subject to Customs duty. Currently dutiable products are categorized into these 4 general groupings; liquor, tobacco, petroleum products and motor vehicles. Singapore has substantial domestic taxes and fees on motor vehicles. In addition to the duties, these charges include a certificate of entitlement, registration fee and a road tax.

Where the goods are dutiable, ad valorem or specific rates may be assessed against qualifying goods. A specific rate is a specified amount per unit of weight or other quantity such as $130 per Kg applied. An ad valorem rate is a percentage of duty based on the assessed value of the shipment. In the case of dutiable goods such as liquors, tobacco, motor vehicles and petroleum products GST, normal and excise duty may be applied to the shipment.

Please note that if the goods are dutiable, the 7% GST will be collected simultaneously with the Customs duty. GST will be applied to the total CIF value of the goods, plus normal duty, effective July 1, 2007. Please be aware that an additional fee of 1% can be levied in addition to duties and taxes to cover administrative fees incurred by the clearance agent.

Antidumping

Anti-dumping Duty is assessed on certain commodities based on the country of manufacture. Currently this type of additional duty is only being assessed on specific steel products manufactured in Malaysia and Turkey.

Excise Duties

There is no excise duty for goods imported into Singapore. 

Additional Duties

Import Taxes

All imports into Singapore are subject to Goods & Services Tax (GST) at the current rate of 5% of the CIF value of the goods. Cost, insurance, freight, (CIF) handling charges and all other charges incidental to the sale and delivery of the goods, are taken into account when GST is assessed. Exporters are required to ensure that the declared values of goods for Customs purposes are correct. If the goods have been undervalued, the Customs and Excise Department will increase the values declared. Severe penalties may be imposed on traders attempting to evade duty and tax.

Customs Fees

There are no customs fees for goods imported into Singapore. 

Exchange Controls

There are no foreign exchange controls.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Singapore has very few trade barriers. There are restrictions in a few sectors, including legal services, banking services, some telecommunications services, professional engineering services and trade in tobacco products. However, the Government is slowly allowing more freedom for market forces in the economy, as can be seen in its plan to privatize the telecommunications and public utilities industries. It has also announced that it will relax its regulations on professional engineering services. In the area of Intellectual property rights, the Singapore Government does have laws to protect against piracy and copyright infringement, but it relies on the private sector to take the lead against transgressors. In general, Singapore maintains one of the most liberal trading regimes in  the world.

Consular Fees

There are no consular fees for Singapore.

Import Clearance Process

(For exporters shipping goods to Singapore and for residents and businesses importing goods from other countries).

Singapore offers a free and fair trade policy to the world. Other than a Goods & Services Tax (GST) currently 7%, effective July 1, 2007, for imports of goods, very few goods are dutiable or under control. You may import and export goods in and out of Singapore freely. To facilitate trade, the International Enterprise Singapore (IES) has created simplified import and export procedures under which most customs clearance is done electronically. Trade documents are speedily processed through TradeNet - an electronic data interchange (EDI) system as a result most shipments when processed electronically, are released within 1-2 hours. Those shipments that require manual clearance can usually be processed via TradeNet usually within 4 hours. There are two types of entry processes used in Singapore, Formal (dutiable) and Informal (non-dutiable or duty free) entry. The type of entry that applies is determined by the commodity, value of the merchandise does not affect the type of entry that is to be used for the shipment. Informal (non-dutiable or duty free) entry is the most common type of entry used for customs clearance.

Formal (dutiable) entry is required only when those articles that are controlled commodities and require issuance of a permit or license as a condition of entry. The dutiable products are liquor, tobacco, petroleum products and motor vehicles. Singapore has substantial domestic taxes and fees on motor vehicles. In addition to the normal duties and excise duties, these charges include a certificate of entitlement, registration fee and a road tax.

Traders have to use TradeNet to submit their permit applications electronically to government bodies such as TDB, Customs & Excise Department and other competent authorities for processing and approval. If the application is approved, the permit will be issued electronically to the applicant within the time frames noted above. Once the shipment is approved and permit is authorized it is valid for:

  • One month from the date of approval for manual permits
  • One month from the date of approval for "IG" non-GST payment permits
  • 14 days for "IG" GST payment permit (unless otherwise specified to the importer within the conditions of the permit issued).

Separate applications are required for:

  • Non-dutiable, non-controlled goods
  • Non-dutiable, controlled goods (subject to one competent authority in one application)
  • Dutiable and non-dutiable goods
  • One Ocean B/L or one Master AWB (for direct consignments)
  • One House B/L or One House AWB (for consolidated shipments)
  • Different types of trade within the same consignment
  • Different countries of origin within the same consignment
  • Used personal effects and commercial goods within the same consignment

FedEx Singapore uses TradeNet for processing of all imports and exports, regardless of value.

Companies must make an inward declaration for all goods imported into Singapore. Most goods can be imported freely without licenses.

The import of a few items is prohibited:

piezo-electric lighters for stoves and ranges

pocket lighters, gas fuelled, non-refillable lighters

lighters in the shape of pistols or revolvers

toy currency notes

toy coins

flick knives, switch-blades

firecrackers

horns of rhinoceros, powder and waste of rhinoceros

worked rhinoceros horns

Health Supplements- (a) = N-Acetylcysteine, Yohimbine, Vinpocetine Dehydroepiandrosterone, Deanol and Anabolic Steroidal Substance

Generally, the import of goods which the government says pose a threat to health, security, safety and social decency are controlled. Import licenses are required for pharmaceuticals, hazardous chemicals, films, arms and ammunition. Companies that want to import controlled items into Singapore must apply for licenses from the appropriate government agencies.

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Singapore Import Prohibitions

General Prohibited ItemsThe following items are NOT allowed to be brought into Singapore:

  • Liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets
  • Cigarettes with the prefix "E" printed on the packets
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Chewing gum (oral dental and medicated gum accepted)
  • Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products
  • Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
  • Controlled or psychotropic substances
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
  • Firecrackers
  • Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software
  • Reproduction of copyrighted publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Radioactives

FedEx International Priority (FXIP) Prohibitions

  • The importation of dangerous goods as defined by IATA is currently prohibited via FedEx International Priority services.
  • Gold (other than jewelry)
  • Mineral Products
  • Communistic Materials
  • Viagra

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General Import Restrictions

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  8. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.
  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Not withstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper’s violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

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Singapore Restrictions

Green tea, green tea products, milk products, meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables from Japan requires a Certificate of Origin (COO) from the shipper.  
Medical Devices: All shippers importing medical devices into Singapore must comply with the regulatory requirements from Health Science Authority (HSA) via the TradeNet System and must provide all documentation (e.g. Importer's License, Product Registration or Authorization Approval Status) to FedEx for declaration

Shippers wishing to import medical devices must provide the following information accurately on the commercial invoice in their TradeNet declaration:

  1. Serial Number
  2. Complete Description
  3. HS Code
  4. Product Code
  5. Import License Number
  6. Importer License Number
  7. Quantity

All risk medical device products (Class A, B, C, D) imported into Singapore must be:

  1. Medical devices on the Singapore Medical Device Register (SMDR)
  2. Medical devices on the Transition List (T-List)
  3. Imported through authorization ("Special Permit") or any other approval as required by HSA.

Medical devices for personal use: If you are a Singapore customer importing a medical device for personal use, you are required to fill out the import forms issued by MDB, provide a copy of your National Registry Identity Card (NRIC) and submit these documents to the MDB for classification.


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Special Import Provisions

Dutiable goods are allowed to be imported for repair without payment of duty on condition that they are re-exported within three months of the date of importation. If the goods are not re-exported after the expiration of the given period, payment of all normal duty and GST will be required. This facility provision can also be extended to dutiable goods which are imported for trade exhibitions, fashion shows and displays and are re-exported. This would not cover those goods that are to be consumed during the exhibition.

Personal Effects

Government Sales Tax (GST) relief is available (except for controllable goods such as: liquor, tobacco products, motor vehicles, etc) for Singapore nationals and people bringing their used personal effects into the country.  Upon being notified of the arrival of said goods by the shipping agent, courier service, etc the owner will need to file electronically through the TradeNet System for GST relief.  In order to prove the transfer of residence to Singapore, they should complete a "Declaration of Facts" in the event that proof is required by Singapore Customs.

Samples

Bona fide trade samples may be imported without payment of duty if they are imported solely:

  1. for the purpose of soliciting orders for goods to be supplied from abroad; or
  2. for demonstration in Singapore to enable manufacturers in Singapore to produce such articles to fulfill orders from abroad; or
  3. by a manufacturer for the purpose of copying, testing or experimenting before he produces such articles in Singapore.

Note:
These articles require special processing and customs clearance, which are not handled under FedEx's express carrier operation commitments. Clearance delays could be experienced on entries lodged for these type shipments. Shipments of these type goods can also be consigned as ATA (Airport to Airport) shipments and designated for handling by an approved local clearance agent or forwarder. Contact your local FedEx customer service office for further assistance.

Gifts

Singapore does provide a gift allowance for imported air transport goods with a value of $400 Singapore dollars or less.  The goods will be subject to approval by Singapore Customs.  They should be items that would normally constitute a gift.  Controllable goods such as liquor, tobacco, motor vehicles, etc are not allowed gift status.  Likewise, provided that Singapore Customs allows the goods gift status, no Government Sales Tax (GST) will be applied and no GST permit will be required.


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Standards

Singapore uses the metric system. While industrial standards applied in the engineering and construction fields are basically those used by other developed countries, the Productivity and Standards Board (PSB) has developed standards for certain electrical, sanitary and building products. PSB is the national standards and certification authority.

PSB also administers the Good Manufacturing Practice Scheme and the PSB Certification Mark Scheme. They are awarded to manufacturers whose quality assurance systems and products comply with the ISO 9000 series of quality systems or the relevant Singapore standards.

Under the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations of 1991, 17 products (LPG systems, cooking ranges, electric irons, gas cookers, hair dryers, microwave ovens, televisions, video display units, video cassette recorders, table fans, high-fidelity equipment, immersion water heaters, kettles, refrigerators, rice cookers, room air-conditioners, vacuum cleaners and washing machines) which are potentially hazardous to consumers must be registered and declared safe before they can be sold in Singapore. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) mark is a compulsory stamp of approval given by PSB to ensure that consumers are safe from hazards such as fire, explosion and electrical shock when using these appliances. However, test reports issued by accredited testing laboratories and national certification bodies are recognized by PSB. A list of accredited laboratories and national certification bodies is available from PSB. U.S. suppliers of these products planning to expand sales into Singapore should check with the Consumer Protection Agency and PSB before exporting.

Similarly, telecommunications equipment imported for use in Singapore is subject to "Type-Approval" by the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore.

For the construction industry, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has introduced the Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS). CONQUAS is an objective method of rating building works. The system examines the contractor's work in three areas: structural (40 points), architectural (50 points) and external works (10 points) based on a 100-point score. The system measures the extent to which a building conforms with the contract specifications. Contractors with high CONQUAS scores are given preferential margins when they tender for public contracts.

Labeling, Marking Requirements

Labels are required on imported food, drugs, liquors, paints and solvents and must specify the country of origin. Repackaged foods must be labeled to show (in English) the appropriate designation of the food content printed in capital letters at least 1/16 inch high; whether foods are compounded,  mixed or blended; the minimum quantity stated in metric net weight or measure; the name and address of the manufacture or seller; and the country or origin.

A description (in English) of the contents of the package may be added to the face of the label provided the additional language is not contrary to, or a modification of, any statement on the label. Pictorial illustrations must not mislead about the true nature or origin of the food. Foods having defined standards must be labeled to conform to those standards and be free from added foreign substances. Packages of food described as "enriched", "fortified", "vitaminized" or in any other way which implies that the article contains added vitamins or minerals must show the quantity of vitamins or minerals added per metric unit.

Special labels are required for certain foods, medicines and goods such as edible and non-edible animal fats as well as plants and solvents. Processed foods and pharmaceuticals must be inspected and approved by the Ministry of Health. Electrical goods must be checked by the Public Utilities Board before they can be installed, while paints and solvents are the responsibility of the Chief Inspector Factories, Ministry of labor. 

 
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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

For specific approved ports of clearance please contact Customs & Excise Department (CED) #10-01, 55 Newhon Road, Revenue House , 5 Maxwell Road, Singapore 307897, Fax : 250 8663. Also contact the CED via their website http://www.customs.gov.sg/topNav/hom/ Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many paperwork-handling steps and expedite the movement of international shipments. This is the FedEx Expressclear Electronic Customs Clearance System. Starting at the origin, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information which includes importers numbers, broker designation, corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting which shipments they wish to examine. By the time the plane arrives at his destination, many packages have already been cleared by Customs. As the plane is unloaded, the Expressclear system identifies packages to be examined and prints "cleared" Customs labels for all others. Cleared shipments can be transferred to trucks for immediate delivery. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process and allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained.

Document Requirements

When goods enter or leave Singapore, companies must submit their inward or outward declarations to the Controller of Imports & Exports. Singapore has introduced an electronic trade documentation system called TradeNet to facilitate import/export documentation. The system ensures that goods moving into and out of Singapore are processed with minimum delay. Through TradeNet, subscribers can have their import and export declarations processed electronically with government agencies and local as well as overseas trading partners. Companies importing and exporting goods in Singapore need to contact the Trade Development Board (TDB) for a Central Registration Number (CRN). Items under import/export control may either require endorsement or license before they can be processed. Companies should not enter into any financial or contractual obligation before the necessary licenses or approvals are obtained.

Export Clearance Process

(For Singapore residents and businesses exporting goods to other countries).

Companies must make an outward declaration to export or re-export their goods out of Singapore. Except for selected items, there are very few controls on exports of goods from Singapore. Quantitative restrictions exist for certain textiles and garments to Canada, EU countries and the U.S. Items such as rubber, timber, granite and chlorofluorocarbons are subject to export control and licensing. Items under export control must be endorsed or licensed by the appropriate government agencies before they can be exported.


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Singapore Export Prohibitions

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General Export Restrictions

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  8. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.
  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.
Not withstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper’s violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

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Singapore Restrictions

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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Customs & Excise Department (CED)
#10-01, 55 Newton Road Revenue House Singapore 307897 Fax : 250 8663

  • Singapore Customs & Excise Department administers import and export controls, collects duty/taxes and processes import and exports into and out of Singapore.

Inland Revenue Authority Of SG (IRAS)

  • IRAS is Singapore department of revenue collection responsible for the collection of taxes.

Centre for Radiation Protection
National Blood Centre
Outram Road
Singapore 168996
Tel: 2290706

  • Radiation Protection Inspectorate controls the importation of products that are capable of emitting or creating radiation.

Media Development Authority
45 Maxwell Road , # 07/11-12
URA Centre East Wing
Singapore 069118
Tel : 1800-3722800
Fax: 2210340

  • Media Development Authority is responsible for the licensing and control of all media content into or out of Singapore.

Infocomm Development Authority of SG (IDA)
71 Science Park Drive
Singapore 118253
Tel:778 2211
Fax:778 9641

  • Infocomm Development Authority is a government service on the web provided to assist users with a information on the Internet, E-commerce etc. in Singapore. Government information on-line.

Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA)
5 Maxwell Rd. #02-00/#03-00 Tower Block, MND Complex
Singapore 069110
Tel: 62221211

  • Board of Commissions of Currency is the agency responsible for issuance and control of currency for Singapore. Working with closely with Singapore customs they issue approvals for importation of copiers capable of creating counterfeit currency.

Arms and Explosives Branch AEB)
3 Ladyhill Road
Singapore 258672
Tel: 7344163

  • Arms and Explosives Branch is the agency in charge of controlling the import and export of munitions, arms and explosives and dual use goods (goods that have both military and commercial applications).

Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)
2 Outram Road
Singapore 169036
Tel: 2276790

  • Central Narcotics Bureau is the agency in charge of keeping illicit drugs and related materials from entering Singapore.

Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
40 Scotts Road, Environment Building Singapore 228231

  • Pollution Control Departmentadministers the licensing and controls for import and export related to CFC's and related articles that are hazardous to the environment.

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