Singapore Customs and Police seized $269,000 worth of contraband cigarettes

10 August 2013

Singapore Customs and the Singapore Police Force mounted two joint operations on 28 July and 4 August 2013, which resulted in the break-up of a six-man contraband cigarette distribution ring.

A total of 2,399 cartons and eight packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes valued at S$269,000 were confiscated. Custom duties and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to almost $230,000.

Investigations are still ongoing for five Singaporean men who were arrested, while a Bangladeshi night watchman at a shipyard has been sentenced to 15 months’ jail.

Dealing with contraband goods are serious transgressions under the Customs and GST Acts. Lawbreakers can be fined up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or jailed for up to six years. Vehicles used in committing these crimes may also be forfeited.

Source: Singapore Customs

Beauty salon owner fined for evading GST

12 July 2013

The sole proprietor of a beauty salon, Melati Binte Abu Bakar, was fined S$21,800 for evading Goods and Services Tax (GST) on beauty products valued at S$270,000. According to Singapore Customs, the goods were imported between January 2012 and April this year. Melati had submitted fake invoices in the applications for 27 import permits. The under-declaration resulted in a shortfall GST payment of S$11,325.99.

Fraudulent evasion of GST on imports is a serious offence under the Customs Act. Those guilty may be fined up to 20 times the amount of tax evaded and/or be jailed for up to two years.

Source: Singapore Customs

Terms and conditions revised for the registration of declaring entities, agents and declarants

23 April 2013

The Singapore Customs (SC) has revised the terms and conditions for the registration of Declaring Entities, Declaring Agents and Declarants to provide clarity on the roles and responsibilities as part of their registration requirements.

The applicable sets of terms and conditions have been changed


Old Terms &   Conditions

New Changes


Registration of Importers, Exporters, Common Carriers and Other Persons Terms and Conditions for Declaring Entities


Product Specific Terms for the use of TradeNet® Terms and Conditions for Declaring Agents


Terms and Conditions for Declarants

For the full set of terms and condition, please refer to the SC website.

Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions for the registration of Declaring Entities, Declaring Agents and Declarants is an offence under the Customs Regulations and the Regulation of Imports and Exports Regulations.

Source: Singapore Customs

Advance Export Declaration reminder

29 March 2013

Singapore Customs (SC) has issued a reminder to traders and declaring agents that Advance Export Declaration (AED) will be implemented from 1 April 2013 with an 18-month adjustment period.

SC requires all declarations to be be submitted before goods are exported. The export permit for non controlled or non dutiable goods should be applied any time before export, prior to cargo arrival at port gates or cargo lodgement with Ground Handling Agents (GHAs), and not necessarily three days before export. If the export declaration has not been declared prior to cargo arrival at port gates or cargo lodgement with GHAs, the cargo may be subjected to checks.

In conjunction with AED implementation, traders and declaring agents can now submit amendments via TradeNet to update the previously approved Export Permit with Certificate of Origins (CO) applications.

Details on AED implementation, including FAQs on cargo movement procedures and CO applications, can be found on Singapore Customs website.

Source: Singapore Customs

Singapore Customs: Advance Export Declaration (AED) implementation details are available

9 November 2012

Following the implementation of Advance Export Declaration (AED) from 1 April 2013, the Singapore Customs has since published the AED implementation details and FAQs on its website. The Singapore Customs has also informed traders by way of the Notice No. 07/2012.

The Advance Export Declaration (AED) will be implemented for all exports from 1 April 2013 where declarations for all exports are to be submitted prior to export. The administrative exemption (IE Notice No. 2/76) that allows for declarations of non-controlled goods and non-dutiable goods by air and sea, to be submitted within three days of export, will be rescinded with effect from 1 April 2013.

More details can be found here.

Source: Singapore Customs