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.
If given the chance, 50 percent of Singaporeans said they would do all their shopping through their screens. Although the local e-commerce market is growing, many Singaporeans still look to the U.S. to buy exclusive items they could not buy locally and for cheaper prices.
In 2017, US$3.4 billion worth of goods entered Singapore from the U.S. If you’re joining the flock of Singaporean avid US online shoppers, here are the things you need to know when shipping from the U.S. 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.
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 U.S. 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.?
- Beauty Products
- Home Fixture Items
- Health Supplements
- Arts & Crafts Supplies
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!
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