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Ang Mo Kio
Chao Chu Kang
697 sq km
1 Singapore dollar (SGD) = 100 cent
US$ 339 billion (2013 est.)
Mandarin (ofﬁcial), English (ofﬁcial),
Hokkien, Tamil (ofﬁcial), Cantonese,
Teochew, Malay (ofﬁcial), other
Chinese dialects, other
Chinese 74.2%, Malay 13.3%,
Indian 9.2%, other 3.3%
Source: CIA World Factbook
Number of Service Centres: 4
DHL Delivery Zone: 8
Vehicle Fleet: 253
Singapore is the fourth-largest global fnancial centre
with one of the world’s busiest ports – a key fnancial,
shipping and trade hub for the Asia-Pacifc region. Due to
strong pro-business economic and trade policies, strong rule
of law (including IP protection) and low taxation, the World
Bank has again ranked Singapore as the best place to do
business for 2014.
Singapore’s economy is one of the world’s most open with
over 30 free trade partners. While this does expose the
city-state to global downturns, Singapore experienced 4.1
per cent GDP growth in 2013 and the economy is expected
to grow by 3 to 4 per cent annually over the medium term.
Singapore’s infrastructure is highly advanced and new projects
are underway in the railway, airport and shipment port sector.
Te city-state’s economy is continuing to diversify with a
new focus on developing the creative sector.
Singapore is an especially attractive business partner for
UK companies. Te city-state was founded as a British
trading colony in 1819; English remains the business language
and Singapore’s legal system (including company law) is based
on that of the UK. Today, Singapore is Britain’s largest trade
partner in Southeast Asia. Over 1,000 UK companies have a
presence in Singapore, and 30,000 British residents live in
Since 2011, the UK-Singapore Economic and Business
Partnership has served as a platform for regular dialogues
in business, R&D and policy cooperation. Trade relations
between Singapore and the UK are expected to further
deepen once Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement with the
EU is ratifed in 2015.
Sources: The Economist, European Commission, GOV.UK, International Monetary Fund,
UKTI, World Bank
DHL Singapore Fact Sheet 2
Source: DHL, CIA World Factbook
UK to Singapore Transit Times
The times provided for dutiable shipments are based on the time expected
for Customs in Singapore to clear the shipment. This is contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Singapore (all destinations) Non-Dutiable: 4 days Dutiable: 4 days
TRADE INFORMATION ESSENTIAL CUSTOMS INFORMATION
Singapore’s General Sales Tax rate is based on 7%
of commercial invoice value for all shipments with a
Cost Insurance Freight (CIF) value exceeding SGD 400.
Import duty only applies to intoxicating liqueurs, tobacco
products, motor vehicles and petroleum products. Excise
duty applies on excisable goods, i.e. alcohol and tabacco.
Document shipments weighing over 30 kg and printed
materials with a commercial value or meant for mass
distribution must be shipped as goods.
Certain items will be subject to inspection by and/or
require approval from the following Singapore government
bodies/agencies: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA),
Health Sciences Authority (HSA), Infocomm Development
Authority (IDA), Media Development Authority (MDA)
The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of
• Chewing gum, except for medical purposes
• Chewing tobacco
• Cigarette lighters if pistol / revolver shaped
• Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
• Electronic cigarettes
• Endangered animals / plants
• Firearms, or parts of
• Precious metals & stones, including rough diamonds
• Rhinoceros horn
Exports from Singapore
US$ 442.9 billion (2013 est.)
Machinery and equipment
(including electronics and
pharmaceuticals and other
chemicals, refned petroleum
products, food and beverages.
Top Export Destinations
USA, Malaysia, Australia,
India, Germany, China, Czech
Republic, Hong Kong, UK,
Imports into Singapore
US$ 380.3 billion (2013 est.)
Machinery and equipment,
mineral fuels, chemicals,
foodstufs, consumer goods.
Top Import Origins
USA, Germany, China,
Australia, UK, Malaysia,
Taiwan, Tailand, Hong Kong,
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE SGD 400
For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and
other import fees) for shipments going to Singapore,
use the free DHL Express Trade Automation Services
(TAS) tool. tas.dhl.com TAS also provides information
on regulation compliance and trade documentation.
DHL Singapore Fact Sheet 3
Dutiable regardless of CIF. Invoice must
state bottles per shipment, alcohol
strength, brand name, bottle volume.
Wine: specify if sparkling or still.
If unprocessed: provide Convention
on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
certiﬁcate from country of origin.
Audio cassette tapes, hardback or
paperback books for non-commercial
use, journals, magazines, newspapers
Provide title list. May be inspected by
Cash letters (NI), cheques (NI):
blank/cancelled/cashier, credit cards
(NI) & credit card blanks (NI)
Not acceptable if activated and/or in
Can be shipped as documents regardless
Cologne and perfume, soil samples
& telecommunications equipment
Approval from Singapore’s AVA and
proper packaging required.
Communications equipment including
phones & modems, radar equipment
including transmitters & receivers
Subject to approval from Singapore’s
IDA. Mass distribution: importer to
provide import licence.
Cosmetics, drugs: prescription,
including oral dental chewing gums
& drugs: non-prescription
Receiver to obtain approval/import
license from Singapore’s HSA. Private
individuals: provide doctor’s prescription
for contents. Drugs/medicines: invoice
must state name, brand, quantity per
bottle, weight of each capsule, reason
for import & product composition.
Receiver to conﬁrm the item is on
Singapores MDA approved list of games.
Films, including entertainment
ﬁlms: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm, video
cassettes, DVDs & laser discs
Submit title list to Singapore’s
MDA for approval.
Films: promotional / training,
including industrial advertising
and promotion materials for
internal company use
Receiver to provide declaration to
Animal products & foodstuffs,
including grain samples
Receiver to obtain import licence/
approval from Singapore’s AVA.
For personal consumption: receiver
to provide doctor’s prescription. For
retail purposes: receiver to obtain
import licence from Singapore’s Drug
Oil products, bunker oil samples
(for analysis), coal & ﬁrewood
Flashpoint must be above 60.5°C.
Contact DHL Customer Services
Receiver to obtain import permit from
relevant government authorities prior to
shipping. Contact DHL Customer Services
Plants & plant products including
seeds & cotton seeds
Shipper to provide Phytosanitary Certiﬁcate.
Dutiable regardless of CIF but not
controlled. Invoice must state number
of packages in shipment or weight per
shipment, brand name and numbers of
sticks per package.
Toy guns / pistols / revolvers
Import controlled by Singapore’s State
Police, Arms & Explosives Licensing
Division. State ‘TOY GUNS’ on Waybill
and commercial invoice. Provide
document proof by manufacturer
conﬁrming the product is a toy
and not a replica of a real ﬁrearm.
Destination importer or receiver to obtain
licenses from Singapore’s HSA.
For military equipment and strategic
goods & technology (including
‘dual-use’ goods with both civilian
and sensitive military applications)
please contact DHL Customer Services
Valid from: 06/2014
For more information
If you need support or advice on trading
with Singapore, help is available.
Contact the DHL Express team on
0844 248 0675
DHL Customer Services is also
available on 0844 248 0844
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Contact your local UKTI
Visit www.dhlguide.co.uk for
international trade information
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to keep up to date with all the latest
developments in international trade
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