Excise Factory Scheme
What is it?
An excise factory is a designated area licensed by Singapore Customs for manufacturing and storing dutiable goods, namely liquor, tobacco, motor vehicles, compressed natural gas, petroleum and biodiesel blends. This designated area is also known as licensed premises. Excise duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be suspended if the manufactured goods are stored in the licensed premises.
Under the Excise Factory Scheme, activities such as bottling, blending, compounding, varying intoxicating liquors as well as refining and treating of petroleum or biodiesel blends are allowed.
Your company will enjoy these benefits under the Excise Factory Scheme:
- Excise duty and GST will be suspended for manufactured goods stored in the licensed premises
- Improved cash flow
How to Qualify?
To qualify for the Excise Factory Scheme, the company must:
- Be GST-registered with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
- Have a valid Customs Account
- Have good compliance records with Singapore Customs
- Be responsible for the security, accountability and control of the dutiable goods
- Undergo TradeFIRST assessment and attain the minimum band to qualify for the different activities under the scheme (Refer to “Licence Fee” section).
The annual licence fee varies with the type of activity, and is payable upon issuance of the licence.
||Annual Licence Fee
||minimum TradeFIRST Band to qualify
|To ferment or manufacture ale, beer, stout or porter, where the projected annual production volume (in the case of an application for the issue of a licence) or the past annual production volume (in the case of an application for renewal of a licence) is —
|(i) 1.8 million litres or more
|(ii) less than 1.8 million litres
|To distill, ferment or manufacture any other intoxicating liquors
|To manufacture cigarettes
|To manufacture tobacco other than cigarettes
|To bottle, blend, compound or vary intoxicating liquors in accordance with Section 66 of the Customs Act
|To refine and treat petroleum or biodiesel blends
|To manufacture compressed natural gas for supply to motor vehicles
|To manufacture any other dutiable goods where the goods manufactured are subject to payment of excise duty
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.
For new applications, the Banker’s Guarantee or Insurance Bond will be based on the projected maximum excise duty of the goods stored in the intended licensed premises.
For existing licensees, the amount will be based on the average monthly excise duty of the goods stored in the licensed premises over the last 12 months.
Once the application is successful, we will contact you to follow up on your application.
For further assistance, please email email@example.com.
Alternatively, for urgent scheme-related matters, please contact us via our hotlines (8922 0485 and 8922 5130). Our operating hours are 8am to 6pm (Mondays to Fridays, except on public holidays).
Application for Changes to Schemes for Existing Licensees
You may complete your applications for changes to schemes for existing licensees or to update records online.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Where can I find the Harmonised System (HS) codes and duty rates of dutiable goods?
Find out more about Duty Rates of Dutiable Goods and access the Harmonised System (HS) Product Code Search Engine.
2. How do I compute the excise duty payable on locally manufactured liquors?
Total excise duty = Total quantity in litres x Excise duty per litre of alcohol x % of alcoholic strength
For example, the total excise duty payable on 1,000 litres of locally manufactured stout with 5% alcoholic strength will be:
1,000 litres x $60 x 0.05 = $3,000.
3. Do I need to seek prior approval from Singapore Customs to import apparatus or power-operated machinery for the manufacture of dutiable goods?
Yes, prior approval from Singapore Customs is required before these goods are imported.
4. Is the licence subject to renewal?
Yes, the renewal of the licence is dependent on:
- Payment of the annual licence fee
- Lodgement of the Banker’s Guarantee or Insurance Bond, if applicable
- Compliance records with Singapore Customs
- Outcome of the TradeFIRST assessment
5. Is the licence transferable?
The licence is strictly non-transferable. There should be no sub-letting of the excise factory. The manufacturer is responsible for the movement of all goods in and out of the excise factory.
6. How do I declare Customs permits?
Customs permits can be declared through TradeNet.
Find out more about Permit Declaration.
7) What are the specific requirements to operate a Microbrewery in Singapore?
Please refer to the Excise Factory Scheme (Microbrewery) Handbook for more information.