United Nations Security Council Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions impose prohibitions on activities relating to certain countries, goods and services, or persons and entities.

As a member of the United Nations, Singapore implements the Resolutions adopted by the UNSC through our domestic laws. Specifically, the import into, export from, transhipment and transit through Singapore of certain goods which contravene the UNSC sanctions are prohibited under the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations (RIER).  

Permit Requirements

To import, export, tranship or transit goods permitted under the exceptions or exclusions outlined in the UNSC Resolutions, you are required to apply for a permit via TradeNet before the intended shipment date from or to Singapore. 

Please refer to the permit requirements for the import, export, transhipment and transit of goods through Singapore.

If your shipment is permitted under the exceptions outlined in the UNSC Resolutions, please also submit supporting documents to show that the shipment falls under the exceptions (e.g. a letter of authorisation issued by a United Nations programme).

For any non-prohibited goods arriving from or destined for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, you are required to apply for a permit at least 3 working days before the intended shipment date to or from Singapore. The permit requirements to import, export, tranship and transit goods through Singapore still apply.

Please submit the following supporting documents together with your permit application to Singapore Customs either via TradeNet® or via email to customs_stgc@customs.gov.sg for our verification:

  • Commercial invoice
  • Bill of Lading/House Bill of Lading or Master Air Waybill/House Air Waybill
  • Packing list
  • End-User certificate
  • Other relevant supporting documents

Please note that Singapore does not enforce unilateral sanctions imposed by other countries. You are advised to look out for red flags to ensure your trading activities comply with Singapore’s domestic laws and the UNSC Resolutions.