Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)

With effect from 5 Sep 1999, any person who intends to import, export or tranship any controlled substances shall declare through TradeNet or to CNB for approval 14 days before the effective date of import, export or transhipment.

With effect from 26 May 2008, the declarations to CNB shall be submitted through the PATROL (Permit Administration and Control) System, a web-based online permit application system. With the roll-out of PATROL, the manual process of permit applications via faxes has been ceased on 23 May 2008. Subsequently, you must ensure that you take up the permit application through TradeNet when CNB approves your on-line declaration.

Upon online approval, CNB will issue you a CNB Licence No. where you should declare it in the "Licence No." field of the permit application when declaring through TradeNet.

When you prepare your permit applications through TradeNet, you are advised to take note and provide information of the following fields:

  1. Licence No. - if you have obtained the CNB Licence No, you must declare this No. in the "Licence No." field.
  2. Description of Goods - you must declare the correct HS code and complete description of the chemical name for the substances that you are going to trade in.
  3. Description of packaging - you must declare the packaging clearly under the "Remarks" field. E.g. 100 drums of 225 kg each.
  4. Purpose and usage of goods - you must declare the purpose and usage clearly in the "Remarks" field.
  5. Date of permit application - you must ensure that you declare through TradeNet before the controlled substances arrive in/depart from/tranship at Singapore. Your application may be delayed or rejected if you do not comply with CNB's requirements.
  6. Supplier's name - you must declare the supplier's name in the "Supplier Name" field for imports.
  7. Consignee's name - you must declare the consignee' s name in this field for exports.

When submitting your permit application through PATROL System, you have to attach all relevant supporting documents, such as sale agreement, invoice and purchase order to CNB in the system. All other documents such as shipping documents and Bill of Lading are also be attached to the permit application as and when they are available.

Importation of Food Products Containing Poppy Seeds

Poppy seeds are classified as prohibited goods by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Any company or person who wishes to import them or any foodstuff that contain the substance (regardless of the amount or purpose) must submit the Inward Declaration Form which can also be downloaded from here together with a certificate from the exporting country or the country of origin of the poppy seeds.

The importer must send a sample of the seeds or related product to the Health Sciences Authority located at 11 Outram Road, Singapore 169078 for analysis.

If the sample is in the form of seeds, it is to be sent to the Division Director, Illicit Drugs Division, Applied Sciences Group, Health Sciences Authority (HSA) (Attn: Dr Angeline Yap).

If the sample is in the form of food products, it is to be sent to the Division Director, Food Safety Division, Applied Sciences Group, HSA (Attn: Ms Joanne Chan).

The HSA report must be submitted to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). In the event HSA certifies that the poppy seeds are cleared of any controlled substances, ie no traces of morphine detected, CNB will endorse and approve the Inward Declaration Form. With the endorsement by CNB, Singapore Customs will allow the poppy seeds to be imported into Singapore. If the poppy seeds are found to contain traces of controlled substances, the approval for importation will not be given.