Competent Authorities' Requirements for Controlled Items

All imports, exports and transhipments must be covered by the relevant permits. 

If the goods are subject to control by the relevant Competent Authority (CA), you are required to comply with the respective CA’s requirements in order to prepare a correct and complete permit application.

Before you put up a permit application for controlled items, please note these 3 steps:

Step 1: Identify the item and its corresponding CA. 


CA Control HS Code Description of goods
IMDA 84713020 Computer Notebook
IMDA 84433131 Colour 3 in 1 Printer Copier Fax Machine
- 42021110 Notebook carrying case, leather with maximum dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm

You may refer to the lists below for the Harmonized System (HS) codes of controlled items under the various CAs’ control, and the contact information of the CAs:

Step 2: Determine the category the controlled item fall under, whether it is:

  • Controlled & non-dutiable
  • Controlled & dutiable
  • Fully controlled & non-dutiable 

Step 3: Comply with the specific CA's requirements to avoid delays in processing, and obtain approval from the CA.

After submitting the permit application, you may be required to fax immediately to the CAs the relevant supporting documents with the Unique Reference Number quoted on the top right hand corner of each document.

For applications to the Controller of Undesirable Publications, the supporting documents must be attached to the permit application.