Singapore Import Restrictions

In order to enter Singapore, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Singapore government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Singapore, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Singapore.

Singapore Import Regulations

Import regulations

Singapore requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. A Goods and Services Tax of three per cent of the total of cost, insurance, freight and customs duty applies to all goods and merchandise imported into Singapore. Senders should determine import restrictions from Singapore authorities before posting:


  • Animals and animal products
  • Drugs and medicines
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Grain
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Meat or meat products
  • Medicines
  • Newspaper, books and magazines
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Poisons
  • Parasites and insect killers
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Telecommunications and radio communications equipment
  • Weapons and weapon parts.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods require an invoice.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Singapore prohibits:

  • Cigarettes
  • Chewing gum
  • Cyclamates, sodium and calcium, items containing
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Liquor
  • Lucky charms, advertising of
  • Milk, skimmed
  • Obscene articles and publications
  • Postage stamps, fictitious or used
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Tobacco and chewing tobacco.

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.

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