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 CCP 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 CCP.
You will also see this process referred to as Customs Permit Declaration.
Even seasoned shippers making customs entries can run into complications in Singapore if they don’t have the appropriate documents on hand and the right know how.
It’s critical you meet the conditions of Singapore Customs when your freight is exported from Singapore or being imported into Singapore.
You can outsource the physical and administrative work of processing declarations. It remains your responsibility however as owner of the goods to ensure you have complied with all Singapore Customs rules and regulations.
The obligation to have paid any duties and taxes due to Singapore Customs also rests with the owner of the goods.
The commercial invoice, packing list, and shipping document are essential for customs clearance in Singapore. Still, your package will only physically leave customs control once all duties and taxes have been paid or guarantees given.
For certain cargoes, you may need additional documents 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.