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Seeking Cargo Clearance

 


Overview

This section contains important information on clearing cargo in Singapore, whether for import, export, transshipment or clearing postal parcels.

Documents Required
Produce the following documents to the checkpoint officers when goods are cleared from the free trade zones in the port and airport areas, and when imported by road from the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints:
  • Customs permits or Joint Customs permits as appropriate
  • Invoices, packing lists, bills of lading/airway bills, and any other supporting documents
Importers must ensure the validity of the permits presented for goods clearance. It is an offence to use expired or invalid permits for cargo clearance at the checkpoints.

For more information on permit types, declaration and documentation procedures, please visit Singapore Customs.

Note: The customs seal affixed onto the container must not be broken without prior permission.

Procedure
Cargo clearance procedures for:
Dangerous Cargo
The Port of Singapore Authority requires the immediate removal of containers carrying dangerous cargoes when discharged from the vessel into a free trade zone (FTZ).

Handling agents should obtain the relevant permits for movement of the containers for storage, if they are not in possession of the relevant documents for declaration purposes. Dangerous cargo containers are stored in approved container Class II yards in Customs territory.

Upon approval of the permits, the containers should be produced at the FTZ Out Gates for sealing by checkpoint officers. However, the permit need not accompany the container at the time of cargo clearance. The containers will later be unstuffed under supervision and goods released if no discrepancy is detected.

For more information on permit types, declaration and documentation procedures, please visit Singapore Customs.


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Last updated on 10 Oct 2012