What is it?
The Duty Free Shop (DFS) Scheme is designed for companies who wish to sell dutiable goods, such as liquor, at prices free of duty to travellers departing from or returning to Singapore.
The areas where duty free goods are sold must be designated and licensed by Singapore Customs as licensed premises.
How to Qualify?
To qualify for the DFS Scheme, the company must:
- Have a valid Customs Account
- Have good compliance records with Singapore Customs
- Be responsible for the security, accountability and control of the dutiable goods
- Seek prior approval from the landlord, such as Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC), to operate a duty free shop
- Obtain necessary approval from the relevant competent authorities, such as Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Health Sciences Authority (HSA)
- Undergo TradeFIRST assessment and attain at least the “Enhanced” band
An annual licence fee of S$70,000 is payable when the licence is issued.
- Ensure inventory records and supporting documents are properly maintained and updated
How to Apply?
Step 1: Complete the TradeFIRST Self-Assessment Checklist.
Step 2: Prepare these supporting documents:
- Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority BizFile Report
- Audited financial statements for the past 3 years
- One copy of the layout plan. Please indicate the intended licensed premises, entry/exit points and security features such as closed-circuit televisions and alarm systems in the layout plan. The plans must show the address affixed with the company stamp.
- Title deed or tenancy agreement
- Other relevant documents
Step 3: Apply online.
Singapore Customs reserves the right to impose a Banker’s Guarantee or insurance bond, if required. The quantum is based on the average past monthly duty of the dutiable goods stored at the duty free shop.
*Average past monthly duty means the average of the total customs and excise duties of all goods stored in the intended licensed premises on the 1st of each month during the period of 12 months (or, if the intended licensed premises has been used to store goods for a shorter period, that shorter period) before the date of the application.
Once the application is successful, we will contact you to follow up with your application.
If you require further assistance, please call 6251 3027 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) Is the DFS licence transferrable?
The licence is strictly non-transferrable. The duty free shop licensee must take full ownership and accountability of the goods stored in the duty free shop premises.
2) How do I declare Customs permits?
Customs permits can be declared through TradeNet. More information on declaring permits can be found here.