Information about transport Singapore

Singapore is one of the destinations we frequent the most. TCI Carriers offer the following services for all your shipments (export, import, cross trades and the preparation of customs documents):

  • Sea Freight – LCL shipments
  • Sea Freight – FCL shipments
  • Air Freight

The main trading city in Singapore is Singapore.

Required transport documents for export and import Singapore

  • Commercial invoice: Customs clearance of goods requires an invoice in triplicate. It must be written in English, Chinese or Korean.
  • Origin declaration (invoice declaration): Goods originating in the EU may be imported at a preferential rate under the free trade agreement between Singapore and the European Union. To qualify for the preferential rates, an origin declaration on the invoice (or any other commercial document) is required.
  • Certificates of origin: Certificates of origin are not required unless specifically requested by the importer. A certificate of origin can be requested at the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Transport documents: B/L or Air Waybill
  • Packing lists: The packing list must be submitted in duplicate. It contains information about the content, dimensions and weight of the package(s).
  • Single Administrative Document: The Single Administrative Document (SAD) is a standard form for, inter alia, declaring exports with the customs authorities. We can digitally submit the declaration on your behalf.
  • Other documents
    Insurance Certificate: If the foreign supplier is responsible for transport insurance, an insurance certificate may be requested.
    Pro forma invoice: The importer may request a pro forma invoice in order to apply for an import licence and to open a letter of credit.

PLEASE NOTE: The required documents may be subject to change. We recommend that you contact your representative prior to shipping in order to check the proper documents

Source: National Entrepreneurs Office (RvO).

Singapore Facts & Figures

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is the smallest country in Southeast Asia (716 km²).

  • Country code: +65
  • President: Tony Tan Keng Yam
  • Population: 5.399 million (2013) World Bank
  • Currency: Singapore dollar
  • Official languages: English, Tamil, Malay, Mandarin Chinese

(source: Wikipedia)

Singapore’s economy

Singapore continues to attract foreign investors. The government already approached economic development with great success back in the sixties and seventies. Foreign investors were encouraged by favourable conditions, such as a large and well-educated workforce, low wages, a stable work environment, attractive investment subsidies and tax incentives to establish themselves in Singapore to have part of their mass production carried out there.

Due to its geographical location, Singapore has become an international centre for trade and industry. Singapore has the benefit of a deep harbour and is located on one of the busiest trade routes from east to west. Furthermore, Singapore has a free market economy, the biggest part of which is controlled by the private sector, and a well-developed communication and financial infrastructure. Nevertheless, the government has a major impact on economic development through legislation, special bodies such as the Economic Development Board (EDB), and through providing subsidies and tax incentives.


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