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).

Licence Fee

The annual licence fee varies with the type of activity, and is payable upon issuance of the licence.

Activity 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
S$43,200 Enhanced
(ii) less than 1.8 million litres
S$8,400 Standard
To distill, ferment or manufacture any other intoxicating liquors S$28,000 Enhanced
To manufacture cigarettes S$120,000
To manufacture tobacco other than cigarettes S$1,800
To bottle, blend, compound or vary intoxicating liquors in accordance with Section 66 of the Customs Act S$7,600           
To refine and treat petroleum or biodiesel blends            S$75,000
To manufacture compressed natural gas for supply to motor vehicles            S$2,600 Standard
To manufacture any other dutiable goods where the goods manufactured are subject to payment of excise duty S$30,000 Enhanced

Key Responsibilities

  • Accountability to Singapore Customs
    • Accountable for dutiable goods stored in the licensed premises and for the payment of excise duty on goods not accounted for
    • Declare relevant Customs permits through TradeNet for movement of all goods in and out of the licensed premises, and abide by the stipulated permit conditions
    • Report to Singapore Customs if there is any discrepancy  in the licensed premises by the next working day
    • Provide assistance to Singapore Customs, including but not limited to manpower and system access for the purpose of any investigation, periodic audit, stock check and supervision operation conducted by Singapore Customs
    • Comply with the Customs Act, Customs Regulations, and the licensing Terms & Conditions
  • Accountability to Other Competent Authorities
    • Obtain the necessary approvals from the relevant competent authorities
  • Inventory Control
    • Ensure inventory records and supporting documents are properly maintained and updated
  • Physical Security Control
    • Ensure adequate security measures in the licensed premises
    • Ensure all entrances and exits are secured when there is no movement of goods in the licensed premises
    • Obtain prior approval from Singapore Customs for any structural alteration to the licensed premises

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 with your application.

For further assistance, please call 6251 3027 or email customs_schemes@customs.gov.sg.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1)      Where can I find the Harmonized System (HS) codes and duty rates of dutiable goods?

You can find them here.

2)      How do I compute the excise duty payable on locally manufactured liquors?

Formula 

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 S$60 x 0.05 = S$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. More information on declaring permits can be found here.

7)      What are the specific requirements to operate a Microbrewery in Singapore?

Please refer to the Excise Factory Scheme (Microbrewery) Handbook for more information.