Guide to Sending Parcels to Singapore

The city-state of Singapore has 5.7 million residents living on 63 islands that collectively could be dropped into Ottawa four-times over.
This is just one remarkable fact of a very small, very densely populated, and extremely wealthy country.

Singapore has the world's:

  • Highest percentage of millionaires
  • Second busiest port
  • Third highest GDP per capita

So, e-commerce has a bright future in Singapore with a tech-savvy population, a well-developed internet infrastructure, and a projected annual revenue growth rate of 9%.

Information for this page was retrieved primarily from Singapore Customs.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Singapore is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Apr 18, 2021
8:49 am
Sungei Kadut, SK, SG
Delivered
Apr 17, 2021
7:18 am
Simpang, SI, SG
In transit
Apr 16, 2021
9:03 pm
Sembawang, SE, SG
International Clearance
Apr 16, 2021
8:14 am
Mandai, MA, SG
In transit
Apr 16, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Apr 15, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Singapore before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Singapore

Documents Only

The following may be shipped to Singapore as document shipments if they have no monetary value, i.e. they are not for sale.

  • Advertising literature
  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Bids and proposals
  • Blueprints and drawings
  • Business cards
  • Cash letters and cheques
  • Charts and graphs
  • Computer print-outs
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Intercompany mail
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Price lists
  • Specifications sheets
  • Transparencies
  • Traveller's cheques
  • Visa applications

The following items may be shipped as documents if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Envelopes Only if blank
Forms Only if blank
Intercompany data on CD-ROM discs Only if the content has no commercial value and will not be sold; cannot be software

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Singapore

Shipping Gifts

Gifts may be shipped to Singapore from Canada exempt from GST providing:

  • The shipment's CIF value is S$400 (about $385 CAD) or less
  • The shipment does not contain alcoholic beverages or tobacco products

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift may be shipped to an individual in Singapore from an individual in Canada exempt from GST if its CIF value is S$400 (about $385 CAD) or less.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift may be shipped to a business in Singapore from a business in Canada exempt from GST if its CIF value is S$400 (about $385 CAD) or less.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A gift may be shipped to an individual in Singapore from a business in Canada exempt from GST if its CIF value is S$400 (about $385 CAD) or less.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If there are multiple gifts in one shipment, wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/import-procedures/importing-by-post-or-courier-service
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Singapore

Shipping Personal Effects

Generally, shipping used personal effects and household goods to Singapore from Canada will incur GST. However, those transferring residence to Singapore may be exempt from GST (see Moving Permanently below for details).

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students moving temporarily to Singapore and shipping their personal effects from Canada.

Non-Students

There is no information at this time regarding non-students moving temporarily to Singapore and shipping their personal effects from Canada.

Moving Permanently

Those moving to Singapore permanently may ship their personal effects to Singapore exempt from GST.

A declaration of facts (DOF) must be completed.

The following conditions must be met for the shipper to qualify for GST exemption:

  • He or she is the owner of the items and personal effects
  • The goods have been in the owner's possession, and used, for at least 3 months
  • The personal effects enter Singapore within 6 months of the owner's arrival
  • The articles are NOT to be sold or otherwise given away for a least 3 months from their arrival
  • For Singaporeans and Permanent Residents of Singapore, they must have lived in Canada for more than 6 months

NOTE:
Commercial goods, tobacco products, and alcoholic beverages cannot enter Singapore GST-free if they are part of a personal effects shipment.


Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • If moving permanently to Singapore, complete a declaration of facts (DOF)

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/import-procedures/importing-used-household-articles-and-personal-effects
https://www.tradenet.gov.sg/TN41/tds/pe/appFormPEServlet.do?action=formPrepareSTDAlone&APPLICATION_ID=TXWP

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Singapore

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Certain meats may be shipped from Canada to Singapore for personal consumption.

You May Ship

The following processed or canned meats may be shipped to Singapore from Canada:

  • Poultry
  • Mutton
  • Pork
  • Oysters - frozen or live (maximum of 5 kg)

Do Not Ship

  • Chewing gum
Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/WMFA1999-N1?DocDate=20190401&ProvIds=Sc2-&ViewType=Advance&Phrase=personal+imports&WiAl=1#Sc2-

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Singapore

Samples

Trade samples are sent abroad to solicit orders.

Samples may be shipped to Singapore from Canada exempt from customs duties and excise taxes providing:

  • They are not sold or consumed whilst in Singapore
  • They are not put to their normal use
  • They are not rented out or given away

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/CA1960?ValidDate=20191121&ProvIds=

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Singapore

Advertising Material

Advertising material may be shipped to Singapore from Canada exempt from GST and duty under Singapore's Temporary Import Scheme (TIS) providing they are re-exported within 6 months.

Advertising is aimed for events such as international conferences, conventions, trade fairs, and exhibitions. They may include items such as: Equipment, Apparel, and Accessories.

NOTE: Gifts, souvenirs, and other items given away, including brochures and pamphlets, do not qualify as advertising material.


Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme/qualifying-goods-and-purposes
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/117A-OR3?DocDate=20121001#pr4-

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Singapore

Repairs

Equipment shipped to Canada for repair, upon re-importation to Singapore, is exempt from GST providing:

  • The good returns to Singapore within 3 months of its exportation
  • The repairer provides a certificate indicating whether new parts have or have not been employed for the repair

NOTE:
If new parts were used for the repair, GST will be charged on the value of those parts

Items Under Warranty

Equipment repaired for no charge under warranty in Canada will be exempt from GST when it returns to Singapore. This applies even if new parts were used to effect the repair.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment no longer under warranty repaired in Canada is exempt from GST except on the value of new parts used to effect the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Singapore

Equipment shipped to Singapore for repair will be exempt from GST and duty, including spare parts, for a period of up to 6 months.

Returning Repaired Product to Singapore

Equipment repaired in Canada and returned to Singapore is exempt from GST providing:

  • It is returned within 3 months of its exportation from Singapore
  • The repairer provides a certificate indicating whether new parts have or have not been employed for the repair
Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Singapore or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Certificate from the Canadian repairer indicating whether new parts were or were not used for the repair

Sources:
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/117A-OR3?DocDate=20121001#pr4-

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Singapore

Temporary Imports

Goods may be temporarily imported into Singapore from Canada exempt from GST and duty for a period of up to 6 months. (Extensions of up to 3 months may be granted by Singaporean officials; an application must be made through TradeNet.)

NOTE: A security deposit is required for temporary importation.


Goods sold, disposed of, or not exported from Singapore within the time limit will incur GST and duties. Goods that qualify for temporary import include:

  • Teaching aids and scientific equipment
  • Equipment and instruments for artistic and musical performances
  • Items required for scientific testing and demonstrations
  • Items for display at conferences, conventions, and trade shows, for e.g. apparel, accessories, and equipment
  • Professional equipment required to perform a job in Singapore

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Singapore, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below. Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 6 months in Singapore

NOTES:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of temporary nature)


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme/qualifying-goods-and-purposes
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme/duration-and-extension
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme/additional-requirements-import
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/temporary-import-scheme/ata-carnet
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/117A-OR3?DocDate=20121001#pr4-

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Singapore

Permanent/Sold Goods

Goods and Service Tax (GST) is incurred on all goods imported permanently to Singapore from Canada if the value is S$400 or greater (about $385 CAD).

NOTE:
A shipment of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages of any value will incur duties and GST.

Occasional Shipper

All sold goods shipped from Canada to Singapore must be declared and will incur GST if their value is S$400 or greater (about $385 CAD).

Regular Shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Singapore we recommend using the services of a registered Singaporean customs broker.

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/overview

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Yusof Ishak
11 Bukit Batok Street 25
Singapore

Phone: 658712
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 15 Apr 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Singapore. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Singapore, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited may not enter Singapore while those deemed restricted may enter but must abide by quantity limits or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette lighters in the shape of a pistol or gun
  • Firecrackers
  • Rhinoceros horn or any of its products
  • Products of endangered wildlife
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Obscene material in any form
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Pirated or counterfeit material

Restricted Goods

Controlled goods require an import permit or authorisation form from the relevant competent authority to be brought into Singapore.

  • Health products and prescription medicines
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Nasal and oral snuff
  • Products and solutions that contain either tobacco or nicotine
  • Smokeless cigars, cigarillos, and cigarettes
  • E-cigarettes and vaporisers
  • Shishas

Sources:
https://www.imda.gov.sg/ProhibitedEquipment
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/controlled-and-prohibited-goods-for-import
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/HPA2007-S329-2016?DocDate=20190215&ViewType=Pdf&_=00010101000000

Duty & Taxes

Goods imported into Singapore fall into 1 of 2 categories: dutiable or non-dutiable.

Dutiable goods - alcoholic beverages and tobacco products - will incur duty and GST.
Non-dutiable goods incur only GST, which is 7% of the CIF value of the shipment.

CIF is the sum of the customs value, insurance, and freight costs of the shipment. (In the case of dutiable goods, the amount of duty is added to the CIF value.)

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value, you will be able to calculate the amount of GST owing by the recipient.


Thresholds

The value below which GST is not collected - the demimis value - is S$400 (about $385 CAD).

Shipments of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are not exempt from GST - a shipment of these of any value will incur GST and duty.

Currency Singapore dollar SGD
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value S$400 (about $385 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (GST) 7%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
S$400 (about $385 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports


Singapore and Canada are free trade partners under The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Therefore, most products sold between the two countries have a 0% duty.
A detailed list for tariffs can be found here.
Duties on beer, wine, spirits, tobacco, and tobacco products can be found here.


  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines0%
  • Tobacco0%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/import-procedures/
https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesses/importing-goods/import-procedures/importing-by-post-or-courier-service
https://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/cptpp-ptpgp/tariff-elimination-droits_de_douane.aspx?lang=eng
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted

Singapore Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Singapore



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How can I ship my luggage?

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How do I get a FedEx shipping estimate / FedEx quote to Singapore?

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How do I ship gifts to Singapore?

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