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Singaporean Customs Tax & Importation Regulations

What can I ship to Singapore from the U.S.

Here's a quick reference to guide you on shipping internationally from the U.S. to Singapore

When shopping in the U.S. to Singapore keep in mind that shipping laws and regulations vary based on U.S. Export Regulations, carrier regulations, international shipping regulations, and Singaporean customs and import regulations.

Keep in mind, this is not a complete list of goods subject to import prohibitions and restrictions to Singapore. For a complete list, please visit the Singapore Customs site. Or connect with us here.

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These are goods and commodities that are strictly prohibited or forbidden to be exported from the U.S. to any destination country or territory, and prohibited or forbidden to be imported into Singapore.

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These are items with restrictions or allowed to be exported from the U.S. to Singapore but only under certain conditions and must abide by specific mandates.

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Items with restrictions or allowed under certain conditions

  • ​Gold (other than jewelry)

  • Mineral Products

  • Viagra

  • 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

Restricted Items
Prohibited Items
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Strictly Forbidden or Prohibited Items in Singapore

  • Activated Credit/Debit/ATM Card

  • Air Guns

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • All fish and fish product - canned or fresh in any type of packaging from an establishment company name: Zhangjiang Shiyu Aquatic Products Co. Ltd., CHINA (Establishments number CN4400/02213) and ready-to-eat fish products - canned or fresh in any type of packaging from Amand Charles Ets SA, FRANCE or Charles Amand Ets SA, FRANCE.

  • Animal fur(real)

  • Animal products

  • Animal skins

  • Animals, fish, birds (live)

  • Books: hardback/paperback non-comm

  • Bullion (of any precious metal)

  • Bunker oil sample (for analysis)

  • Cash (current legal tender)

  • Cashlike negotiable instruments

  • Chewing gum (oral dental and medicated gum accepted)

  • Chewing Tobacco

  • Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape

  • Cigarette Lighters shaped as pistols, revolvers, controlled drugs and psychotropic substances

  • Cigarettes, cigars and e-cigar

  • Coal & firewood

  • Cologne and Perfume, Haz and Non-Haz

  • Communications equipment

  • Communistic Material

  • Compact discs

  • Controlled or psychotropic substances

  • Cosmetics

  • Cotton seeds

  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats

  • Dangerous Goods: Class 1 (Explosives), Class 7 (Radio actives)

  • Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription

  • Electro-shockers (tasers)

  • Electronic Cigarettes

  • Electronic games

  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products

  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products

  • Explosives and weapons

  • Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm

  • Films: entertainment

  • Films: promotional, training

  • Firearms (complete), ammunition

  • Firearms, parts of

  • Firecrackers

  • Flick/Spring Knives

  • Foodstuffs

  • Grain samples

  • Health Supplements (a)

  • Horns of Rhinoceros (powder and waste)

  • Human remains, including ashes

  • Hunting trophies, animal part/remain

  • Illegal goods (counterfeit, narcotic)

  • Imitation explos. devices, ammunition

  • Imitation Tobacco

  • Imitation(replica) firearms, weapons

  • Ivory

  • Laser discs

  • Lighters (all types)

  • Liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets

  • Logs and timber products from Liberia such as woodchips, poles, posts, fence pickets, sheets, flooring, molding, pallets, tool handles, barrels, crates, tableware/kitchenware, shutters, blinds, cases/boxes/chests for jewelry and silverware, clothes hangers, clothespins, toothpicks, etc.

  • Loose (semi) precious stones

  • Magazines, periodicals, journals

  • Meat from the UK (canned meats are accepted).

  • Medical samples

  • Medicinal Cannabis

  • Military equipment

  • Mineral Products

  • Newspapers

  • Obscene articles (publications, video tapes, discs and software)

  • Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software

  • Oil products

  • Perishables

  • Phones/modems

  • Plant products

  • Plants

  • Pornography

  • Precious Metals & Stones

  • Radar equipment

  • Radioactives

  • Ready to eat meat products from Malaysia.

  • Replica Ammunition

  • Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes

  • Reproduction of copyrighted publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes

  • Seditious and treasonable materials

  • Seditious and Treasonable Materials

  • Seeds

  • Soil samples

  • Tapes, audio cassettes, video cassettes

  • Telecommunications equipment

  • Toys

  • Traveller's Cheques

  • Used car parts and engines, only acceptable if all steps have been taken to nullify hazardous residues

  • Worked Rhinoceros Horns

Regulations By Carrier

Carrier Shipping Regulations from the U.S. to Singapore

Carriers have different lists of prohibitions and restrictions per country on destination. You can find the links to our Carrier Partners below:

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