Enforcement

Singapore Customs conducts regular checks on activities carried out by traders to ensure legitimate transfers of strategic goods and strategic goods technology.

Documentary checks and audits are conducted on past shipments. Customs officers also conduct physical examination of suspicious shipments at entry and exit points and within free trade zones.

Enforcement action is carried out based on specific intelligence and risk profiling. Singapore works closely with foreign governments to share intelligence and exchange information on strategic goods offences, in a manner consistent with our respective laws. Customs takes a serious view of strategic goods offences and will not hesitate to take enforcement actions.

You are reminded to exercise due diligence if you are involved in activities relating to the transfer or brokering of strategic goods or strategic goods technology. To ensure compliance with the Strategic Goods (Control) Act (SGCA) and its subsidiary legislations, you are advised to implement an internal compliance programme as outlined in the Strategic Trade Scheme Handbook.

Members of the public with information on illegal dealings in strategic goods and technology may contact us at 1800-2330000 or email customs_intelligence@customs.gov.sg.

Enforcement Actions

Summary of minor or technical offences that were compounded:

Year Number of cases Goods
2006
6
Tri-ethanolamine; military batteries; fans and blowers
2007
15
Aluminium round bars; tri-ethanolamine; military aircraft parts
2008
13
Flashtubes; night vision equipment; acoustic sound and
vibration detection equipment; optical equipment; aircraft
parts
2009
38
Milling machines; integrated circuits; chemicals; lenses;
communication equipment
2010
43
Integrated circuits with and without cryptographic capability;
fibrous or filamentary materials; communication equipment
2011
53
Integrated circuits with and without cryptographic capability;
lenses; communication equipment
2012
44
Integrated circuits with and without cryptographic capability;
chemicals; information security software
2013
69
Integrated circuits with and without cryptographic capability;
chemicals; information security software
2014
45

Analogue devices and amplifiers; electronic parts; valves;

integrated circuits without and with encryption technology; information security hardware; and information security software

Examples of common offences

  • Transfer of strategic goods without a valid strategic goods permit
    • Wrongly assuming that exemption from an export licence in one country means a similar exemption from export licensing requirements in Singapore
  • Making a false declaration
    • Declaring the wrong strategic goods product code
  • Breach of condition of permit or registration

Key Offences

Penalties for offences under the SGCA include seizure and forfeiture of goods, fines and imprisonment. Singapore Customs may offer to compound offences for a sum not exceeding S$10,000 per offence.

Offence Penalty Upon Conviction

Transfer of strategic goods without a valid strategic goods permit.

(Section 5 of the SGCA)

First conviction:

A fine not exceeding S$100,000 or 3 times the value of the goods or technology involved, whichever is greater, or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both.

Brokering of strategic goods without registering as a broker with Singapore Customs.

(Section 6 (1) of the SGCA)

Second or subsequent conviction:

A fine not exceeding S$200,000 or 4 times the value of the goods or technology involved, whichever is greater, or imprisonment not exceeding 3 years, or both.

Breach of condition of permit or registration.

(Section 9 of the SGCA)

A fine not exceeding S$50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, or both.

Companies which violate any regulatory requirement relating to SGCA may also be liable to enforcement actions under the Customs Act, the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act (RIEA), and the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act (CWPA).

You may view more information on prescribed offences and penalties under the Customs Act, SGCA, RIEA and CWPA.