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Other Red Flags Indicators
Every member in the trading community plays an important role in ensuring that the strategic goods you trade in do not land in the wrong hands, and used for weapons of mass destruction purposes.

Know Your Customer

Knowing both your customer and the end-use application of your product or the strategic goods you are dealing with, ensures that your business dealings comply with Singapore law, and that they do not pose a threat to Singapore and global security.

To help you avoid becoming involved with an illegal export order or shipment, we have provided a checklist called "Alert!" to give you some warning signals to keep in mind.


If you find yourself in any of these situations, you may be dealing with an illegal strategic goods transaction.

  • You are approached by a customer whose identity is not clear.
  • The customer has little or no business background.
  • The customer or its address is similar to one of the parties listed in the UNSC sanctioned entity list.
  • The customer usually involved in military related business.
  • The customer or purchasing agent is reluctant to offer information about the end-use of the item.
  • Delivery dates are vague, or deliveries are planned for out of the way destinations.
  • The product's capabilities do not fit the buyer's line of business, such as an order for sophisticated computers for a small bakery.
  • When questioned, the buyer is evasive and especially unclear about whether the purchased product is for domestic use, for export, or for re-export.
  • The item ordered is incompatible with the technical level of the country to which it is being shipped, such as semi-conductor manufacturing equipment being shipped to a country that has no electronics industry.
  • The customer requests shipment or labelling of goods that are inconsistent with usual shipping and labelling practices.
  • The customer is willing to pay cash for a very expensive item when the terms of sale would normally call for financing
  • The shipping route is abnormal for the product and destination.
  • The customer is unfamiliar with the product's performance characteristics but still wants the product.
  • The freight forwarding firm is listed as the product's final destination.
  • The customer declined routine installation, training, or maintenance services.
  • Packaging is inconsistent with the stated method of shipment or destination.
  • Equipment is to be installed in an area under strict security control, such as an area in, or close to, military facilities, or an area where access is severely restricted.
  • Equipment is to be installed in a suspicious or unusual location.

What Do You Need To Know About Nuclear Materials

It is also important that you know about nuclear materials. Here are the kinds of information you need to have available for the authorities if you are trading in or shipping nuclear materials.

  • Is a sample of the nuclear material available to the buyer for analysis?
  • What kind of facility or factory is the item from?
  • What are the dimensions and weights of the containers the material is packaged in?
  • What safeguards are in place at the facility or factory?
  • Does the container for the nuclear material meet certified national and international standards?
  • How is the material removed from the facility or factory?
  • What are the markings on the container?
  • Is the material removed by employees of the facility or factory?
  • How much nuclear material (e.g. uranium, plutonium, or thorium) is in each container?
  • What is the seller's isotopic analysis of the material?
  • Is the technical data or information proprietary, commercially sensitive, or in the public domain?
  • If the sale involves a manufactured unit containing special nuclear material, can the seller provide:
    • detailed weight, dimensions, or technical specifications;
  • What is the material's form (i.e. metal, powder, liquid, or gas)?
    • a detailed photograph;
  • If contained in a compound or solution, what is the weight, concentration, or activity level of the nuclear materials?
    • dimensions and details of all marketing on the shipping container (if there is one); and
  • What are the radiation levels on the surface of each container?
    • details of all surface markings;
  • What are the origin and history of the item?
    • a description of how and where the items were obtained?

Last reviewed on 15 April 2014
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