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Moving to Singapore from USA

Are you planning to move or relocate to Singapore? In the past decade, the city-state of Singapore has become a top destination among Asia's large cities for international travelers and expats. Its location on the southern tip of Malaysia makes it a prime trade and financial center, making it the fifth wealthiest country in the world. Expats consider it the easiest city in Asia to fit into, giving foreigners a convenient exposure to many different cultures in a safe and modern environment.

Schumacher Cargo Logistics: Your International Moving Company to Singapore

As a shipping company with 40 years of experience, we know in and out what you'll need for transporting your household goods to Singapore. You can choose to have us pack and wrap your items at your residence or send them to one of our five warehouses in the U.S., in Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Savannah and Miami. From there, you have three options for moving services:

  • Consolidated container service
  • Exclusive use containers, 20' or 40'
  • Automobile shipping service

The major cities and ports of Singapore are:

  • Singapore
  • Sentosa
  • Clarke Quay
  • Boat Quay

Customs for Singapore

The processes and costs involved will depend on the particulars of your move. As it's essentially a free port, most household shipments can be imported free of duties and taxes. The only way to be eligible for this relief on your items is to fulfill all the requirements. For moving household goods duty-free to Singapore, an individual must:

  • Intend to change his/her residency to Singapore
  • Own all the items for at least three months prior to import
  • Import the items no later than six months after arriving

Useful Income Tax Information for Singapore

You will be treated as a tax resident for a particular Year of Assessment (YA) if you are:

  • A Singaporean who normally resides in Singapore except for temporary absences
  • A Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) who has established a permanent home in Singapore
  • A foreigner who has stayed and worked in Singapore (excludes director of a company) for 183 days or more in the year before the YA

Otherwise, you will be treated as a non-resident of Singapore for tax purposes.

Restrictions for Relocating to Singapore

Singapore is known for its strict limitations on cleanliness, such as fines for littering or not flushing a public toilet. So it's a good idea to know what is not allowed in before you pack up your belongings. Restricted items include chewing gum, tobacco, lighters shaped like guns, and reproduced copyrighted material; any attempt to import such items is against the law. There is also a strict process to registering and shipping a motor vehicle to Singapore.

Some items that fall into the controlled category include:

  • Toy guns, pistols, swords and other imitations of weapons
  • Certain films and video games
  • Publications and audio files
  • Medicines and other pharmaceuticals (must have a medical prescription)

Transporting Your Pet to Singapore

  • Import your license from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) must be obtained 30 days prior to the date of the arrival
  • AVA will assign a Quarantine Reservation Code (QRC) at time of application
  • Quarantine reservations must be placed at least three months in advance of arrival

Get Started with Schumacher

Get your free shipping quote today. For further information on any of the above, call and discuss your move with one of our moving specialists at 562-408-6677 or toll-free at 800-599-0190.

Additional Resources for Moving to Singapore

More About Singapore

  • Sixty-four islands make up Singapore but there's only one main island
  • The country has a total area of only 682 square kilometers
  • English is the official working language and the most widely used
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1019 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel
  • Singapore has a population of about 5.3 million

For further information on any of above, call and discuss your move with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677

Written by Martyn Cohen

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