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When in Singapore: How to Shop and Ship from the U.S.

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Singaporeans are the leading online shoppers in Southeast Asia, with 26 percent of the population going online to shop at least once a week, according to a nationwide survey by Visa.

Not to mention, 50 percent of the Singaporean survey respondents said they would do all their shopping through their screens if they could. Both the local and international e-commerce markets are booming, with many Singaporeans continuing to shop at US online stores to buy exclusive items they could not buy locally and for cheaper prices.

This was proven by a 2021 report that stated that US$28.9 billion worth of goods entered Singapore from the US. If you’re joining the flock of Singaporean avid US online shoppers, here are the things you need to know when shopping from the US and shipping to Singapore.

What are Singapore’s Duties and Taxes?
Know what you have to pay aside from your package’s shipping fee to Singapore. Combine the total Cost of goods + Insurance + Freight cost (CIF), and if the number is higher than SGD400, your shipment is subject to a 7% Goods and Service Tax (GST). There is also a 5% GST processing fee.

Tip: Ship with comGateway because we offer the lowest international shipping fees in the industry AND give the most efficient and reliable shipping service!

How do I pay Singapore’s Duties and Taxes?
You can pay your shipment’s GST at our international shipping checkout so you don’t have to pay upon the receipt of your shipment. If your package has Silver Coins, Liquor/Wine, and Tobacco/Cigar, you have to pay the applicable duties to the delivery courier when you receive your shipment.

What items are not allowed to be shipped from the US to Singapore?
Some items cannot be shipped according to the rules and regulations of the International Air Transport Association, no matter the size. These items are mostly combustive materials such as flammable solids and liquids, firearms, illegal drugs, and export-controlled items, with exceptions.

We can ship flammable liquids such as perfume and flammable solids like batteries with our HazMat Repack. For the full list of prohibited items, click here.

What are Singaporeans buying in the U.S.?

These are just the top product categories that Singaporeans are adding to their virtual carts:

  1. Apparel
  2. Beauty Products
  3. Shoes
  4. Games
  5. Toys
  6. Home & Bed
  7. Books
  8. Health Supplements
  9. Arts & Crafts
  10. Tools

Top 10 Items Shipped from the U.S. to Singapore

Top 10 Items Shipped from US to Singapore

And here are the top 10 most popular US products that they are shopping from US online stores and bringing home to Singapore via comGateway! 

Apple Airpods 3 – US$ 168.00
International Shipping Weight – 0.50 kg
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Lululemon Perfectly Oversized Crew – US$ 108.00
International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration- US$ 38.00
International Shipping Weight – 0.50 kg
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Microsoft Xbox Series S – US$ 299.99
International Shipping Weight – 3.00 kg
Get it here

Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner – US$ 13.00
International Shipping Weight – 0.50 kg
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Apple Watch Series 7 – US$ 349.00
International Shipping Weight – 1.50 kg
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Hot Wheels American 5-Pack Die-Cast Cars – US$ 38.90
International Shipping Weight – 1.50 kg
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Lego Nintendo Entertainment System – US$ 229.99
International Shipping Weight – 7.00 kg
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Roku Express 4K Plus – US$ 29.99
International Shipping Weight – 0.50 kg
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Funko Encanto Isabela Madrigal Pop Vinyl Figure – US$ 11.99
International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg
Get it here

How can I save when shopping from U.S. online stores?
For the ultimate saving tip: shop when there are HUGE sales on special holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Amazon Prime Day, and the Black Friday sale. We know timing your online shopping sprees on these special days can be hard, so we curated the biggest sales for your favorite items here.

It’s updated weekly so bookmark this page now and check it for the latest discounts and promos!

Shipping from the US to Singapore? Use comGateway to get the best value for your money. Sign up now to get your free US address and start shopping at US online stores!


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