Quick Guide on Transhipping Goods

This page provides a quick guide on transhipment procedures for those who wish to tranship goods via Singapore.

What are the Transhipment Scenarios?

Transhipment goods refer to goods that are to be transhipped through Singapore from a place outside Singapore to a final destination vessel outside Singapore, as evidenced by its accompanying supporting documents/scenarios:

  • Incoming Through Bill of Lading, Through Air Waybill or Through Manifest which does not mention any local party as a consignee or notifying party (i.e., shipper, consignee or notifying party are all overseas parties); or
  • Incoming Bill of Lading, Air Waybill or Manifest which mentions an overseas party as the shipper, and where the consignee or notifying party is a local shipping agent, Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC), air cargo agent or freight forwarder arranging for the transhipment of goods through Singapore on behalf of the overseas party; or
  • Incoming Bill of Lading, Air Waybill or Manifest which mentions a local party as shipper, and where the consignee or notifying party is an overseas party or a local shipping agent, NVOCC, air cargo or freight forwarder.

The table below provides a summary of the transhipment scenarios listed above. Transactions that do not meet any of these scenarios are not considered as transhipments. Such import and/or export movements must be covered by the relevant Customs import and export permits even if they remain within the Free Trade Zone (FTZ).

 Scenario  Incoming Bill of Lading, Air Waybill or Manifest
 Port of Loading  Port of Destination Shipper   Consignee and/or Notifying Party
 A  Not Singapore  Not Singapore  Overseas Party  Overseas party
 B  Not Singapore  Not Singapore  Overseas party  Local shipping agent, NVOCC, air cargo agent or freight forwarder
 C  Not Singapore  Not Singapore  Local party  Overseas party or Local shipping agent/NVOCC/FF

The transhipment of all goods is not subject to duty or Goods and Services Tax (GST).

How to Tranship Goods?

As a Transhipment Agent, you are required to account for the movement of your goods while they are being transhipped through Singapore.

Please refer to the following steps to obtain the relevant transhipment permits (where required) and authorisation (where the goods are subject to transhipment control) from the relevant Competent Authorities (CA).