Inter-Gateway Haulage and Barge Scheme

What are these?

The Inter-Gateway Barge (IGB) Scheme allows port operators to declare simplified permits for the inter-gateway movement of containers between different Free Trade Zones via barges.

The Inter-Gateway Haulage (IGH) Scheme allows port operators to declare simplified permits for the inter-gateway movement of containers between different Free Trade Zones via road.

How to Qualify?

To qualify for the IGH or IGB Schemes, the company must:

  • Be Goods and Services Tax (GST)-registered with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
  • Have a valid Customs Account
  • Have good compliance records with Singapore Customs
  • Undergo TradeFIRST assessment and attain the minimum “Enhanced” Band

Key Responsibilities of an IGB Operator

  • Ensure no dutiable or controlled goods are moved under the IGB Scheme
  • If controlled goods are moved under the IGB Scheme, the port operator must obtain prior approval from the respective Competent Authorities that a TradeNet permit is not required. The port operator must also notify Singapore Customs of such approval before the movement of containers
  • Update Singapore Customs and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on the appointed barge operators handling the IGB containers 
  • Take full responsibility and accountability for all movement of containers
  • Ensure the shipper’s seals remain intact during the movement of containers. If there is any tampering detected, the port operator must investigate and report to Singapore Customs

Key Responsibilities of an IGH Operator

  • Ensure  there is no movement of dutiable or controlled goods under the IGH Scheme
  • If controlled goods are moved under the IGH Scheme, the port operator must obtain prior approval from the respective Competent Authorities that a TradeNet permit is not required. The port operator must also notify Singapore Customs of such approval before moving the containers
  • Provide and maintain a system at the approved Container Gates to capture the relevant details  required by Singapore Customs
  • Ensure containers are moved via routes approved by Singapore Customs
  • Ensure containers are moved from one Container Gate to another within the approved threshold time. If the threshold time is violated, the port operator must alert the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the second Gate and ensure the driver reports to ICA at the checkpoints. These discrepancies must be captured in an incident report and be submitted to Singapore Customs and ICA every fortnight
  • Update Singapore Customs and ICA on the appointed hauliers handling the IGH containers 
  • Take full responsibility and accountability for all movements of containers
  • Ensure the shipper’s seals remain intact during the movement of containers. If there is  any tampering detected, the port operator must investigate and report to Singapore Customs

How to Apply?

To apply for the IGB or IGH Scheme, please follow these steps:

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
  • Proposed route for movement of containers between Container Gates
  • Other relevant  documents

Step 3: Write to customs_schemes@customs.gov.sg, and attach the checklist and supporting documents.

Singapore Customs reserves the right to impose a Banker’s Guarantee or insurance bond, if required.

Once the application is received, 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)      What goods can be transported under the IGH and IGB Schemes?

Only non-controlled and non-dutiable goods are allowed to be moved under the IGH and IGB Schemes.

However, if you wish to move controlled goods, you must obtain prior approval from the respective Competent Authorities that a TradeNet permit is not required. You must also notify Singapore Customs of such approval before the movement of containers with controlled goods.

2)      How do I check if the goods are controlled or dutiable?

Please click here for the list of dutiable items.

For controlled items, you may check using this search engine. If a product is controlled, the "Import", "Export" and "Transhipment" columns of the search results will indicate the Competent Authorities controlling the product.  More details on handling of controlled goods here.

3)      What is the threshold time for the movement of containers from one Container Gate to the other?

Singapore Customs will assess the proposed route and advise accordingly on the threshold time.

4)      In the event of a violation of the threshold movement time, what details must be included in the incident report to be submitted to Singapore Customs and ICA?

The report must capture details such as the drivers’ names, the ICA officer whom the driver reported to, the arrival and exit times at the two Gates, the prime mover vehicle number, and the reason for the delay.  A template of the report will be provided.