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Registration


Overview
Activation of Customs Account
Application to be a Declaring Agent
Application for Inter-Bank GIRO Account
Security in the form of Banker’s Guarantee or Insurance Bond
Registration of Claimants for Duty/GST Exemption on Goods Other than Used Personal and Household Effects
Terms and Conditions for Registration


Overview

Section 143(ha) of the Customs Act and Regulation 37 of the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations requires the following registrations with Singapore Customs.




Activation of Custom Account

First, a company has to be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) before activating its Unique Entity Number (UEN), which is the standard identification number of an entity. On successful registration with ACRA, the company would be ready to activate its Customs Account with Singapore Customs.

If your company is a business entity registered with ACRA, the registration number is your UEN.

If your company is a non-business entity, your UEN is the number issued by the UEN Issuance Agency.

Click here to obtain more information on UEN as well as to find out which are the UEN Issuance Agencies.




Application to be a Declaring Agent

Before a company can submit a permit declaration, the company has to register as a Declaring Agent and apply for a TradeNet® User ID for the staff here.

After the activation of the Customs Account and application for a Declaring Agent Account, a company that wishes to submit permit declarations for itself and/or for others (i.e. to be a Declaring agent) can either:

(i) Submit permit declarations via TradeNet® Front-end software by purchasing the software from an approved software vendor. For a list of approved software vendor, please click here; or

(ii) Submit permit declarations via the Government Front-End module. To access the Government Front-end module, please click here.




Application for Inter-Bank GIRO Account

If a company wishes to pay duties, Goods & Services Taxes (GST) or other miscellaneous fees to Singapore Customs directly, it must maintain an Inter-Bank GIRO (IBG) account with Singapore Customs. The IBG application form can be downloaded from here.

Please submit the duly completed originally signed IBG application form by post or hand to:

Head
Procedures & Systems
Singapore Customs
55 Newton Road
#07-02 Revenue House
Singapore 307987

The banks usually take about 3 to 4 weeks to approve the application. Upon approval, SC will inform you via fax or email based on the contact details that you have provided at the Activation of Customs Account. Companies are encouraged to update their particulars whenever there are any changes.




Security in the form of Banker’s Guarantee or Insurance Bond


Traders, or the appointed forwarding agents of the traders, are required to furnish security for transactions involving dutiable goods. Security may be needed for the faithful and incorrupt conduct of their agents or employees.

Security is also required for the operation of licensed warehouses, licensed factory warehouses, and approved yards for Class II cargoes, petroleum refineries and installations, release of goods pending classification, for repairs, conversion or exhibitions.

The security furnished shall be in the form of a bank/finance company guarantee or insurance bond. You can obtain the "Banker's Guarantee/Insurance Bond (permits)" form here and "Banker's Guarantee/Insurance Bond (Licensed Premises)" form here. For more information, please refer here




Registration of Claimants for Duty/GST Exemption on Goods Other than Used Personal and Household Effects

An entity who wishes to apply for industrial duty exemption and other duty exemption or GST relief, other than application for GST and/or duty exemption for used personal and household effects, is required to efile its application.


For information on Customs Circulars relating to registration matters, please click at the following:

Circular No.19/2010  (Waiver of security amount of $2,000 and below)

Circular No.10/2010  (Responsibilities of DA and Declarants)

Circular No. 32/2003  (Revision of Bank Guarantee/Insurance Bond Requirements)

Circular No. 44/2002  (Insurance Bond as Security)

Circular No. 8/2000 (Inter-bank GIRO scheme)


For details on the registration procedure and other information, please refer to the sections below: 


Terms and Conditions for Registration 

S/N

Old Terms & Conditions

New Changes

1

Registration of Importers, Exporters, Common Carriers and Other Persons

Terms and Conditions for Declaring Entities

2

Product Specific Terms for the use of Tradenet®

Terms and Conditions for Declaring Agents

3

Terms and Conditions for Declarants



Terms and Conditions for Declaring Entities

Please click here.


Terms and Conditions for Declaring Agents

Please click here.


Terms and Conditions for Declarants

Please click here.


More Information

Please click here for information relating to the Registration for Singapore Brokers in Arms.

Please click here for information on Security Requirements & Procedure.

Please click here for information relating to the Registration for a Manufacturer.




Frequently Asked Questions

For FAQs on customs matters, click here.


Customs Circulars

For Circulars on customs matters, click here.


E-Learning Courseware

For e-learning to the ‘Guide to Customs Procedures’, click here.



Last reviewed on 15 April 2014
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