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Importing Goods

Customs, censorship, banned Publications, prohibited goods

 

When moving to Singapore and actually transferring your residence to Singapore you have to research the list of dutiable, prohibited and controlled goods before your pack your household goods.

 

Before moving to Singapore you have to explore the below mentioned web site on the censorship procedure to find out which type of video, CD, DVD, etc. you may be permitted to import. There are some exemptions from censorship regarding personal use (e.g. educational, cartoons for children and documentaries) and personal recordings like wedding, family gatherings, private function etc.

 

Not exempted are all materials containing violence, sex and nudity, drug abuse or dialogues with four-letter words and themes objectionable on morale, social, religious grounds or detrimental to national interest.

 

 

 Prohibited Goods
Obscene articles, publications, videotapes, disks and software
Reproductions of copyright publications, videotapes, disks, records and cassettes
Cigarettes and liquors with Singapore duty not paid.
Imitation tobacco products
Chewing gum
Toy currency
Psychotropic substances and drugs
Firecrackers
Endangered species of wildlife and their byproducts
The tax for alcohol less than 15% in content is S$9.00 per liter. Inquire with your moving consultant.

 

Goods Controlled
Imitation tobacco products
Chewing gum
Toy currency
Firecrackers
Endangered species of wildlife and their by products
Psychotropic substances and drugs
Medicines
Pharmaceuticals
Poisons
Endangered species of wildlife and their by products
Telecommunication and Radio
Communication Equipment
Toy Walkie-Talkies

 

Dutiable Goods
Arms and explosives
Bulletproof clothing
Toy guns, pistols and revolvers
Weapons, Kris, spears and swords

 

There is a 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on all goods imported into Singapore. GST is calculated based on the CIF value of the goods plus all customs duties payable.