Singapore Customs, a department under the Ministry of Finance, is the lead agency for trade facilitation and revenue enforcement.
Reconstituted on 1 April 2003 to bring together revenue collection and enforcement, trade documentation, trade facilitation and security functions under one agency, Singapore Customs upholds customs and trade laws to build trust in Singapore’s external trading system, facilitate trade, and protect revenue.
We facilitate Singapore’s external trade, through collaboration with government agencies and businesses, robust regulations and effective enforcement.
We play a proactive role in balancing the intricate requirements of trade facilitation, security, and regulatory compliance to strengthen Singapore’s position as a global trade hub trusted by foreign trading partners and businesses operating in Singapore.
Our Vision, Mission and Core Values
A leading Customs that advances Singapore’s economy.
We protect revenue, and make trade easy, fair and secure.
We are upright and fair. We are incorruptible, trustworthy, and do not show favouritism.
We pledge to be the best we can be. We strive for excellence, take ownership and deliver what we promise.
We do the right things despite risk and danger. We encourage different views and ideas, dare to change, and are not afraid to fail.
We anticipate changing needs and act promptly. We keep ahead of changing realities, take quick and decisive actions, and continuously learn and adapt.
We work together to achieve Singapore Customs’ goals. We care for one another, share knowledge and put aside personal interests.
||Creation of British Government Monopolies Department by British colonial administration during the Straits Settlement period to control opium and spirits revenue.
||Reliance on duty revenue results in name change to Excise Department in 1935, then to Department of Customs and Excise (CED) in 1938.
||Singapore’s first Free Trade Zones are established.
||CED becomes a member of the Customs Cooperation Council (now known as World Customs Organisation).
||Launch of TradeNet, the world’s first nationwide electronic data interchange system for paperless clearance of trade documentation.
||CED’s role in trade facilitation grows in importance. Represented Singapore in negotiations within organisations such as ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and World Trade Organisation.
||With the introduction of Goods & Services Tax, all but four items (tobacco, intoxicating liquor, petroleum and motor vehicles) were removed from the dutiable goods list.
||CED is reconstituted as Singapore Customs, with trade facilitation and revenue enforcement roles.
||Singapore Customs launches TradeXchange, an IT platform that connects the trade and logistics community. Secure Trade Partnership, Singapore’s national supply chain security programme, is launched.
||100th anniversary of Singapore Customs.
||Launch of TradeFIRST, Singapore Customs’ one-stop trade facilitation framework.
||Opening of Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station, Singapore Customs’ first inspection station to identify and target high-risk export containers for x-ray scanning and inspection.
||Opening of Brani Export Inspection Station, Singapore Custom’s second inspection station, equipped with technology that makes efficient and accurate non-intrusive checks of containers possible.
||Launch of Networked Trade Platform (NTP), a one stop trade and logistics ecosystem which supports digitalisation efforts and connects players across the trade value chain – in Singapore and abroad.
||Opening of the new Customs Operation Command building situated at Bulim Drive, equipped with modern facilities which caters to Singapore Customs’ current and future operational needs.