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United States to Singapore

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Singapore. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments are subject to approval from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority.
Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
Shipments of cellular telephones are subject to approval from the Infocom Development Authority.
Shipments are subject to approval from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority.
Shipments are subject to approval from the Infocom Development Authority (IDA).
Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
Importation of cosmetics is subject to the Health Science Authoritys approval and laboratory testing by its Cosmetic Control Unit for new products.
CD Roms that contain movies or music subject to approval from the Media Development Authority for objectional material.
Shipments are subject to approval from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority.
Equipment containing radiating apparatus are subject to approval from Health Sciences Authority, Center for Radiation Projection (HSA-CRP).
Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
Shipments are subject to approval from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority.
Shipments are subject to approval from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority.
Shipments are subject to approval from Arms and Explosive Department.
Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
Equipment containing radiating apparatus are subject to approval from Health Sciences Authority, Center for Radiation Projection (HSA-CRP).
Applies to all kinds of medicine, food and nutritional supplements, vitamins and dried herbs. The importation of such items are subject to the approval from Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

Shipments must contain the following information on the invoice:

  • Complete line of items and complete name for personal and company
  • Composition of the ingredient for personal and company
  • Composition of the medicine mixture for personal and company
  • Import License for company
  • HSA Approval Letter of a product for company. Note that this letter is valid for only 3 months and just for a listed product in the letter.
  • Name of the medicine and the strength of the medicine, doctors prescription and official letter from the doctor for personal
  • The shipper must provide the official Ingredient List or Supplement Facts sheet of the item that contain the content breakdown

    Shipments without the above information will be refused entry and will be returned to the export location or destroyed.

  • Shipments are subject to approval from Arms and Explosive Department.
    Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
    Subject to approval from the Media Development Authority.
    The importation of nutritional supplements are subject to the approval from Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

    Shipments must contain the following information on the invoice:

  • Complete line of items and complete name for personal and company
  • Composition of the ingredient for personal and company
  • Composition of the medicine mixture for personal and company
  • Import License for company
  • HSA Approval Letter of a product for company. Note that this letter is valid for only 3 months and just for a listed product in the letter.
  • Name of the medicine and the strength of the medicine, doctors prescription and official letter from the doctor for personal
  • The shipper must provide the official Ingredient List or Supplement Facts sheet of the item that contain the content breakdown

    Shipments without the above information will be refused entry and will be returned to the export location or destroyed.

  • Shipments of periodicals are subject to clearance by Media Development Authority.
    Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

    The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

    Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

    All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

    An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

    Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

    Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

    Shipments are subject to approval from HSA.
    Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary (AVA) is suspending import of pork and pork products from Taiwan with immediate effect.

    Import of dairy products from Taiwan must be accompanied by an official health certificate, issued by Taiwan's Veterinary Health Authority, certifying that the products have been made from double pasteurized milk, or that the pH of the products is less than 6.

    Subject to approval from Media Development Authority.
    Equipment with 2-way communication devices is subject to approval from the Infocom Development Authority (IDA).
    Subject to approval from Media Development Authority.
    Shipments are subject to approval from IDA.
    Shipments of slides are subject to approval from Media Development Authority.
    Subject to approval from Media Development Authority.
    Shipments are subject to approval from IDA.
    Shipments are subject to approval from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority.
    The importation of vitamins is subject to the approval from the Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

    Shipments must contain the following information on the invoice:

  • Complete line of items and complete name for personal and company
  • Composition of the ingredient for personal and company
  • Composition of the medicine mixture for personal and company
  • Import License for company
  • HSA Approval Letter of a product for company. Note that this letter is valid for only 3 months and just for a listed product in the letter.
  • Name of the medicine and the strength of the medicine, doctors prescription and official letter from the doctor for personal
  • The shipper must provide the official Ingredient List or Supplement Facts sheet of the item that contain the content breakdown

    Shipments without the above information will be refused entry and will be returned to the export location or destroyed.

  • Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Singapore.

    Import of Alcoholic beverages into Singapore is permitted via ISC contract service.

    Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments shall not exceed 10 liters per shipment & not exceed SGD 400, CIF value. (only for non-controlled dutiable liquor products).

    If the quantity exceeds 10 liters & SGD 400, importer must obtain an import permit from Agri-veterinary Authority Food.

    Business importer must provide import license (from Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, AVA) prior to shipments arrival. Duty and tax are applicable.

  • Volume needs to be provided either in milliliter or liter, as centiliter is not recognized in APAC
  • Type of alcohol needs to be indicated
  • Percentage of alcohol of each bottle & brand name must be provided
  • Liter of each bottle
  • Consignee name & local contact number are critical
  • Invoice must state "personal use, not for resale" for B2C shipments
  • Chewing gums with a therapeutic value such as medicinal gums and oral dental gums can be imported for local sales by traders licensed by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). The import of chewing gums not licensed by the HSA is prohibited.
    Includes the following (this is not all inclusive and only a guideline): Military Aircraft parts, Military Motor vehicles, Tanks, night vision goggles', weapons, firearms, Artillery, Ammunition, Missiles, Explosives, military training equipment and protective personnel equipment, military electronics, space systems, Nuclear Weapons, Submersible vessels.
    • The export or import of defense articles which fall under the US State Department (DDTC) or ITAR control require special care to ensure shipments are presented to US Customs at the time of exportation or importation.
    • Failure to do so may result in penalties, seizure of the shipment.
    • Shippers who fail to provide the proper documentation and export details will have shipments returned to the shipper immediately.

    UPS has compliance responsibilities under Export Administrator Regulations (EAR) and must know their customers and be aware of suspicious circumstances that may be present in an export transaction.

    State Department Controlled shipments are those shipments which require either a State Department License (SDL) or SDL Exemption, also referred to as ITAR shipments.)

    UPS (small package) State Department License (SDL) or State Department License Exemption (SDL Exemption) controlled shipments are prohibited to and from this country or territory.

    Please note that UPS Freight Forwarding can address the customer's delivery needs by transporting these restricted shipments via alternate routes that bypass China.

    Any type of narcotic is prohibited.
    Electronic Cigarettes are prohibited.
    Shipments of toy or gun replicas can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. This type of commodity is restricted by Singapore Police Arms & Explosive Branch (AEB) for their import, export and also transshipment in Singapore. Approval must be obtained from the local authority prior to import or transship via Singapore.

    The controlled items include Firearms , Air Gun, Airsoft Gun, Paintball Markers, Spear Gun, Taser or Stun Gun, Swords, All form of Fireworks including Sparklers and Pop-Pop and Pyrotechnic devices.

    Sports & hunting knives of 9 centimeters long or more and ALL military knives are subject to approval from Arms & Explosive Department.
    Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
    MOH announced on 15 June 2015 a ban on emerging tobacco products as a pre-emptive measure to protect public health against the known and potential harms of such products. The first phase of the ban, which took effect on 15 December 2015, had prohibited the following emerging tobacco products, which were not already available in Singapore:  Smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes;  Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine;  Any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used topically for application, by implant, or injected into any part of the body; and  Any solution or substance of which tobacco or nicotine is a constituent that is intended to be used with e-cigarettes. The second phase of the ban, which came into effect from 1 August 2016, bans all emerging tobacco products available in Singapore, including:  Nasal snuff;  Oral snuff, including snus; and  Gutkha, khaini and zarda.

    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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