Importing of Pets for Commercial Purpose

The importation of goods, including pets, incurs Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST for the importation of pets for commercial purposes is calculated based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of the goods.

The National Parks Board (NParks) Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) regulates all importation of live pets. Importers should abide by NParks' import licence and quarantine requirements.

Procedures & Requirements

Procedures & Requirements for Import of Pets for Commercial Purposes
Scenarios Mode of entry of the pets Remarks
As manifested cargoes As part of importer’s accompanied personal baggage (both hand-carried and checked-in).
1) Import of pets By Air
 

  • For all imports where GST is payable, the CIF value (if applicable) should be included when computing the total value of the import.
  • The importer should apply for the necessary licences from NParks AVS in advance and apply for the relevant Customs permit (before the removal of the pets from NParks AVS Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine Station (CAPQ), Tuas Checkpoint or any other Customs checkpoints).

By Land or Sea

 

2) Temporary importation of pets for approved purposes with intention to export out of Singapore (for breeding, exhibition, veterinary treatment, etc.)

  • The importer should seek prior approval from NParks AVS for temporary import of the commercial pets.

  • The importer/appointed freight forwarding agent is required to submit the following information via email to customs_documentation@customs.gov.sg:
    • Purpose of importation
    • Value of the pets
    • Mode of transportation of import
    • Duration of the temporary importation period
  • The maximum period of temporary importation is 6 months, after which the pets must be re-exported.