Country cheat sheets that covers customs clearance and import duties for your e-commerce international shipping needs, eCommerce insights, and more
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|Official Language||English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil|
|Currency||Singaporean Dollar (SGD)|
|Population Size||5.6 millions|
Singapore’s e-commerce market value is US$2.7 billion at present and is expected to grow to US$3.9 billion by 2024.
Consumers are much more well-off with higher disposable income. This allows consumers to spend more online as they are.
The number of mobile internet users is also growing over time, leading to a consistently increasing mobile online traffic. This makes the booming m-commerce industry in Singapore an ideal growth environment for online businesses.
Singapore maintains a de minimis value threshold of SGD400 on inbound B2C e-commerce goods.
|Shipment value below SGD400|
|Shipment value above SGD400|
|Goods & Services Tax (GST)||7%|
*Does not apply to restricted items.
You may check the tariff amount for your commodity here.
Restricted items that must meet certain conditions before going through customs clearance:
Prohibited items that cannot be imported into the country:
This list may change depending on government regulations. Visit official customs page for the latest version.
Documents required by Singapore’s customs clearance include:
This gives product details, shipment volume in kilogram or cubic meter, and serves as a checklist to ensure shipment has been packed correctly or not.
This gives total shipment value usually in US dollar. Helps to determine the import duties and taxes, and eligibility of shipment.
If you are shipping without a logistics partner that can clear customs on your behalf, you may need to include the following shipping documentation as well:
Credit card is the most popular payment method in Singapore. As one of the top cashless societies in the world, it is important for merchants to offer this convenient payment mode for online shopping to attract more customers.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays are non-working days. Please expect shipment delays on these days.
List of public holidays:
|Jan 1||New Year’s Day|
|Jan 25-26||Chinese New Year|
|Apr 10||Good Friday|
|May 1||Labour Day|
|May 7||Vesak Day|
|May 24||Hari Raya Puasa|
|Jul 31||Hari Raya Haji|
|Aug 9||National Day|
|Dec 25||Christmas Day|
|Event Name||Event Period|
|Chinese New Year||Usually in Jan or Feb|
|Great Singapore Sale||Jun-Aug|
|National Day||Aug 9|
|11.11 Singles Day||Nov 11|
|Black Friday||Nov 23|
|Cyber Monday||Nov 26|
|12.12 Online Fever||Dec 12|
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