Quick Guide for Importers

This page provides a quick guide on the import procedures for those who wish to import goods into Singapore.


An import refers to goods brought into customs territory from an entry point or a free trade zone (FTZ), or overseas goods brought into a free trade zone for storage and pending re-export.

To import goods into Singapore, you are required to make a declaration to Singapore Customs. Goods and Services Tax (GST) is payable on non-dutiable goods. Both GST and duty are payable for dutiable goods if these goods are imported for local consumption.

How to Import Your Goods?

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General Import Flow Chart

As an importer, you will need to first determine if duty and/or GST payment should be made when your goods enter Singapore:

  • Duty and/or GST are suspended when goods remain inside a FTZ
  • Duty and/or GST are payable if goods are released directly for local circulation
  • When goods are moved from a FTZ or entry point into a Customs licensed premises (such as zero-GST warehouses or licensed warehouses), duty and/or GST will be suspended as long as the goods are stored in the licensed premises
  • Duty and/or GST are not payable for goods granted duty exemption or GST relief or those imported under the Temporary Import Scheme under Singapore Customs or the relevant Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) schemes:

To account for the entry of your goods, please follow the steps below to obtain the relevant import permits and authorisation (if the goods are subject to control) from the relevant Competent Authorities.