Before release of international freight upon arrival in Singapore or departure from Singapore, the cargo owner must obtain a Cargo Clearance Permit or CCP. The exporter must obtain export clearance using the export Cargo Clearance Permit before the cargo leaves the port of origin. Similarly, a package can only leave the destination port and into ‘free circulation’ once the importer has received import Cargo Clearance Permit.
You will also see this process referred to as Customs Permit Declaration or just Permit Declaration.
Even experienced traders and their forwarders making customs entries can run into complications in Singapore if they don’t have the appropriate documents on hand and the right know how.
You must meet the conditions of Singapore Customs when your freight is being shipped out of Singapore or being imported into Singapore.
You can outsource the physical and administrative work involved in obtaining the cargo clearance permit. It remains your responsibility however as owner of the goods to ensure you have complied with all Singapore Customs rules and regulations.
The burden of settling any duties and taxes due to Singapore Customs also rests with you as the owner of the goods.
The commercial invoice, packing list, and shipping document are essential for obtaining the cargo clearance permit in Singapore. Nonetheless, your package will only physically leave customs control once all duties and taxes have been paid or you have provided a guarantee.
For certain cargoes, there may be other documents you need such as import / export licences, or certificates of origin to clear customs. Our team in Singapore will be happy to advise you further on this.