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Household Goods In to Singapore :

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects may be imported free of duty within six months of owner's arrival in Singapore if they were in possession of shipper for at least 10 months and Shipper has an employment pass for a minimum of 6 months or his company can produce a copy of his employment pass application together with a sponsor letter.

Documents Required :

  • Copy of shipper's passport.
  • Detailed household packing list in English.
  • Original Bill of Lading.

Alternatively GST, currently at the rate of 5% of the declared value of the shipment, must be paid.


Singapore Customs Authorities perform physical inspection of all inbound shipments of Household Goods. The following commodities attract duties:

Tobacco products :

  • Current duty level
  • Cigarettes/Cigars/Tobacco: at S$300.00 per kilo.

Wine, Spirits and other alcoholic beverages

Current duty level :

  • Wine (Still): US$6.00 per litre + 5% GST
  • Wine (Sparkling): US$8.00 per litre + 5% GST
  • Liquor, Whiskey, Brandy and Spirits: US$19.00 per litre + 5% GST
  • A test may be ordered for alcoholic beverage not listed with the Singapore Customs and duty will be levied according to the alcoholic content. Testing fee is US$ 80.00 per bottle.
  • Always provide a detailed list of brand name, alcohol content and bottle size, pack in separate, clearly marked boxes and place these easily accessible in the container/lift van. This will facilitate customs clearance and delivery.

Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles :

Please contact Raffles Movers International Singapore for further information prior to export to Singapore.


Except for pets arriving from the UK, Australia and New Zealand, all pets are subject to quarantine for one month on arrival to Singapore and also a licence must be granted by the Director of Primary Products, Singapore. The licence must be obtained 7 days before importation. Quarantine space is limited and must be booked months ahead.


Recorded video tapes/films, except for Ballet, Opera, Classical and Jazz music recordings, sports, educational, documentary and cartoon video tapes and films meant for children, must be censored on arrival to Singapore. A detailed list of titles with the documentation should be provided and packed in separate, clearly marked boxes and placed in an easily accessible position in the container/lift van. This will facilitate customs clearance and delivery.