There is a very strict process when transporting personal goods into Singapore. For shipping a motor vehicle, one has to apply beforehand for a special permit dealing with the duties and GST payment.
The duty on all motor vehicles is 20% of the total value of the car and that amount depends on an assessment made upon arrival by the customs agency.
Singapore has an additional goods and service tax which is 7%. It’s determined by the value of the vehicle including the cost, freight and insurance, in addition to the 20% duty. For this reason, make sure to consolidate the different sizes of cargo containers.
Items Needed by Customs
- Freight and Insurance Papers
- List of shipment goods
- Receipts or bills related to additional charges on vehicle
- Documents from emission test and any others performed
- Proof of registration
- Confirmation of the date the vehicle was manufactured by the manufacturer
- Photos of the interior, exterior, odometer and engine for used cars
Major cities and ports:
- Little India
- Clarke Quay
- Boat Quay
* We also other locations in the country.
Where and When to Register a Vehicle
Import duties are on cars and motorcycles are very high, so be prepared for this additional cost if you’re moving to Singapore and want to bring your vehicle. There’s definitely a lot you need to know.
The following information is courtesy of the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Visit their website for more information.
You may bring your own vehicle to Singapore only if it is less than 3 years old. The age of a used vehicle is reckoned from the date of its first registration in a foreign country.
- A surcharge of $10,000 is payable for each imported used car registered in Singapore.
- Your vehicle must pass a mechanical inspection at the LTA before it can be registered. The requirements are:
- All safety glass fitted must have not less than 70% light transmittance and must not contain any metallic oxide coating.
- Exhaust emmission standards as specified by either the European Directive 91/441/EEC or Article 31 of the Japanese Safety Regulation. A certificate of compliance is required.
- Only right-hand drive vehicles in Singapore.
- Vehicle must be able to use unleaded petrol.
- Vehicle must be fitted with approved front and rear safety belts.
- Vehicle must have asbestos-free brake and clutch lining.
- Air-conditioning units must be CFC-free.
Written by Damien Shields
For further information on any of above service options, please call and discuss your shipping needs with one of our Car Shipping Specialists at: US Tel: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677