Tariffs and regulations
Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change
without notice. Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to
selling to Singapore.
Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement
(SAFTA) is a wide-ranging and comprehensive agreement, under which import
tariffs on all goods originating in Australia and Singapore were
eliminated. Under SAFTA, Australian investors and investments are treated
on the same basis as Singapore businesses (national treatment), including
in relation to the different areas of investment. Details of SAFTA benefits
are provided in the
Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement: A Business Guide.
ASEAN-Australian-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement
(AANZFTA) reduced or eliminated tariffs across one of the most economic
regions that is home to 600 million people and a combined GDP of around
AANZFTA tariff finder,
provides an easy reference for Australian exporters who want to know what
the applicable tariff rate is for their products under the AANZFTA.
For detailed information on Singapore tariffs and regulations, please see
Singapore Customs website.
Tariffs and non-tariff barriers
The country has adopted the 8-digit harmonised system (HS) code
incorporating the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature to promote
uniformity in the classification of goods and faciliate trade within ASEAN
member countries. For more details, visit
The Port of Singapore includes a duty-free zone where goods in transit may
be stored, resorted or repacked without incurring duty.
A list of controlled imports into and exports out of Singapore is available
For more details on importing into Singapore, visit
The entry of a range of consumer manufactures may be subject to acceptance
by different government statutory boards:
Electrical regulations are generally modeled on the British Standards
specifications. Increasingly, IEC standards are adopted.
All goods imported into Singapore are regulated under the Customs Act, the
Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act and the Regulation of Imports and Exports
Act. Imported goods are subject to GST and/or duty payment. A Customs
permit is required to account for the import and tax payment of the goods.
For more information on import procedures,
Product certification, labelling and packaging
Labelling should indicate:
country of origin
name and address of manufacturer
Foodstuffs (including beverages) and drugs are subject to and must comply
with specific detailed labelling requirements.
Specified metric sizes are mandatory for a number of prepacked consumer
All pre-packed food products for sale in Singapore must be labelled
according to the general labelling requirements of the
Singapore Food Regulations.
The labelling and claims for health supplements, cosmetics and medicines
should comply with the guidelines set by the
Health Sciences Authority.
Packing should be sturdy and should guard against extreme heat and high
humidity (frequently over 90 per cent) and possible brief periods of open
storage. All wooden packaging and forest produce must be certified as being
free from infestation by insects and fungi. Goods whose importation is
restricted or dutiable, should not be packed in the same package or
container as non-dutiable or unrestricted goods.
Methods of quoting and payment
Quotes should preferably be in US or Australian dollars and Cost, Insurance
and Freight (CIF) (Incoterms 1990). Secured payment terms are initially
Suppliers not wishing to reveal the commission of local agents, should
include such commission in the quotation.
Payment by letter of credit should indicate the appropriate Trade
It is recommended that you work with a freight forwarder for the import of
goods into Singapore as documentary requirements differs for different
In addition, please note that the following supporting statements must also
The person signing the certificate:
is authorised to issue on behalf of the manufacturer, producer or
grower and, if appropriate, the supplier.
has the means of knowing the statement to be correct.
The goods are the produce of manufacturer of the country named .
The goods were, if applicable, grown or produced in and consigned from
named country or countries.
If manufactured, not less than 25 per cent of the goods is the result
of either labour or the use of materials originating in the named
country or countries.
Public health requirements
The importation of the following must comply to
Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)
Pets and laboratory animals
Plants and plant products
Meat and fish
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Eggs (fresh, salted, preserved or processed)
Veterinary biologics and pathogens
Imports of controlled chemicals are subject to requirements as regulated by
National Environment Agency
Printed matter, including advertising posters and catalogues and films are
subject to inspection and approval by the
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Normal commercial practice.
Weights and measures
The metric system.