Guide to Importing Dutiable Motor Vehicles
Step 1: Applying for Singapore Customs’ Assessment of Vehicle’s Customs Value
For Individuals or Parallel Importers
For Authorised Agents
Step 2: Approval by Singapore Customs
Once the application is approved, an approval letter from Singapore Customs containing details of the vehicle, such as unit price and incoterms, will be sent to the importer.
Step 3: Payment of Duties and Goods & Services Tax (GST)
Once the approval letter is received, the importer should submit an In-Payment (Duty and GST) permit through TradeNet within 3 months from the date stated in the approval letter.
The following fields are required to be entered exactly as stated in the approval letter:
a) Country of Origin
c) Unit Price and currency code
d) Invoice No.
e) Product Code
f) CA/SC Code 1: Engine Number
g) CA/SC Code 2: Chassis Number
In addition, please declare under “CA/SC Code 3” the vehicle type – “N” for new vehicle, “U” for used vehicle or “T” for Taxi.
A declaring agent or freight forwarder can be appointed to submit the permit on the importer’s behalf.
No refund of duty and GST except for cases of overpayment or erroneous payment will be allowed once the vehicle has been removed from customs control * or a Free Trade Zone ^.
Step 4: Clearance of Motor Vehicle
Once the In-payment (Duty and GST) permit is approved, the importer may use the permit to remove the vehicle from the port or licensed warehouse.
Check with Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Importers who wish to register their imported cars for usage on public roads should check with the LTA on their registration requirements and fees.
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