Prohibited / Controlled / Dutiable Goods

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The following sections below provides an overview of Prohibited, Controlled and Dutiable Goods. Do note the list below is not exhaustive. For more information, please visit the websites of the respective competent authorities.

Prohibited Goods

The importation or possession of prohibited items is not allowed. The following table contains a non-exhaustive list of prohibited items and the websites for the appropriate competent authority:

Competent Authority
Endangered species of wildlife and their by-productsNational Parks Board
Concealed Weapon
Flick Knife, Gravity Knife, Wasp Knife, Throwing Knife
Knuckleduster, Ninja Star, Catapult/Slingshot
Licensing Division Singapore Police Force
Obscene articles, publications and /discs
Reproduction of copyright publications, software, , video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
Seditious and treasonable materials
Infocomm Media Development Authority
Any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used topically for application, by implant or injected into any parts of the body
Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
Chewing Tobacco and imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes)
Nasal snuff, Oral snuff, Gutkha, Khaini, Zarda
Health Sciences Authority

Controlled Goods

You need an import licence or authorisation from the relevant authority to bring controlled goods into Singapore. The following table contains a non-exhaustive list of controlled items that may be permitted and the website for the appropriate competent authority if you need more details.

Competent Authority
Animals, birds and their by-products
Endangered species of wildlife
Ornamental fish
National Parks Board
Fish and seafood products
Fruit and vegetables
Meat and meat products
Singapore Food Agency
Arms and explosives
Bulletproof clothing
Toy guns, pistols and revolvers
Weapons, kris, spears and swords
Licensing Division Singapore Police Force
CD-ROMs and video games
Films, videotapes, videodiscs and laser discs
Newspapers, books and magazines
Pre-recorded cartridges and cassettes
Telecommunication and radio communication equipment
Toy walkie-talkies
Infocomm Media Development Authority
Health Sciences Authority
Dangerous Cargo
Singapore Customs
Ionising Radiation (IR) irradiating apparatus & Radioactive material (e.g. x-ray equipment)
Non-Ionising Radiation (IR) irradiating apparatus (e.g. ultraviolet sunlamps)
National Environment Agency

At Customs clearance, please take the Red Channel, where you must produce the import licence or authorisation from the relevant competent authority. If you do not have the import licence or authorisation, an ICA officer will retain the item and refer it to the relevant authority for approval. You will be given a warehouse deposit receipt to claim your item after the relevant authority has issued approval to bring it into Singapore.

If you need to take medication that is only available through prescription in Singapore – especially sleeping pills, antidepressants and stimulants – please carry a doctor’s prescription, which will confirm that you need the medication. There are severe penalties for illegal possession of such medicines.

Dutiable Goods

All dutiable goods imported into or manufactured in Singapore are subject to customs duty and/or excise duty. Visit the Singapore Customs website for more information.