Singapore is an important regional trading partner for Canada and offers incredible opportunities for Canadian companies. Many Canadian's interested in expanding to expand to in Southeast Asia, China and India consider Singapore as great place to start. Singapore and Canada are expanding their economic connections via the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Jet Worldwide is the leading online resource for Canadian companies shipping international, including  between Singapore from Canada.  

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A few quick points to consider when shipping international between Canada and Singapore

  1. Canada Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items to Singapore (see Canada Post international shipping options below).
  2. Market dominant carriers, such as UPS, FedEx have crazy high base pricing.  Discounted shipping can be obtained via "comparison quotes reseller sites"  but discounted retail can still be expensive and such sites often lack support, logistics expertise and ability to import.
  3. Jet's logistics professionals will personally respond  to your inquiry within 1 business day sharing our expertise and helping you find the right solution (we freely recommend alternative carriers and methods that may better suite your needs).  Ask Jet.
  4. Ecommerce shippers usually need a much lower cost than can be provided by traditional shipping methods and need direct shipping solutions (visit our ecommerce page).

jet-logo-vectorThis post provides a deeper dive and explores of the main elements of international shipping between Canada and Singapore:

  • Canadian carrier shipping options Singapore from Canada
  • Shipping conditions to consider: Duty paid or unpaid?
  • Duty rates, VAT and importing to Singapore for goods shipped from Canada
  • Shipping personal effects Singapore from Canada
  • Shipping duty free to Singapore via CPTPP duty free
  • Common carrier shipping options for shipping FROM Singapore to Canada
  • CBSA and importing to Canada for goods shipped from Singapore
  • Canadian customs assessment and revenue management (CARM)
  • Duty free import TO Canada under CPTPP
  • Information required for a quote:  Shipping between Canada and Singapore
  • Additional resources for shipping from Canada and shipping to Canada

Disclaimer: The information in Jet Worldwide online content, including this post, is for general information only and is not intended to, constitute legal and/or tax advice.  Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this site are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content on this posting is provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.

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Canadian Parcel Shipping Options to Singapore

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Shipping packages to Singapore via Canada Post

Canada Post is the preferred options for individuals shipping small packages and personal goods to Singapore.. Packages sent via Canada Post are imported to Singapore and delivered by Singpost (the state owned provider of postal services in Singapore).

Canada Post Delivery Services to Singapore Include:

  • Canada Post Small Packet International, Surface, Air and "Tracked Packet"
  • Canada Post International Parcel to Singapore: Surface Uncertain delivery time
  • Canada Post Xpresspost International to Singapore: 2 week Delivery
Get a quote to compare cost for shipping to Singapore

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Shipping packages to Singapore via FedEx Canada and UPS Canada

FedEx and UPS are the largest carriers in North America and, along with DHL, offer dependable international express services from Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and all of Canada to Singapore.

FedEx and UPS Canada shipping Options to Singapore Include:

  • International Economy Air shipping to Singapore
  • International Express - Priority to Singapore

Get a comparison quote shipping Singapore from Canada


Delivery to Singapore via Purolator Courier

Purolator Courier, a subsidiary of Canada Post, offers international parcel delivery from Canada to Singapore via partners, such as UPS.


jet-logo-vectorShipping between Singapore and Canada via Jet Worldwide

  • Jet Worldwide:  A trusted brand offering international shipping for over 35 years!
  • Jet Worldwide offers options for shipping between Singapore/ APAC region and Canada for parcels, pallets, and online orders 
  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency and logistics support.  We are not shy to recommend alternative options that are better suited for your needs. Contact Jet's Logistics Team.

For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).


Shipping Terms to Consider When Shipping to Singapore

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). Common carriers use the term Ex Works (EXW) which essentially assigns all import-related costs (duty, taxes, and other fees) to the receiver/importer. Shippers from Canada can choose to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver via a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) options that many carriers offer.

See our blog on Incoterms and shipping terms for packages and online orders.

The disadvantage of paying import fees on behalf of the receiver is that the bulk of the import fees are often from a value added tax that the importing business may otherwise be able to claim back.


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Shipping Personal Effects Singapore from Canada

Some notes on sending personal effects To Singapore:

  • GST relief may be granted on imports of used household articles and personal effects to: 1) Singaporeans and Permanent Residents of Singapore (PRs) residing overseas and returning to resume residence in Singapore. 2) Foreigners transferring residence or migrating to Singapore.
  • The consignee may have to self clear the goods directly from Singapore customs.

Shipping of excess baggage to Singapore: Generally, it is simpler and easier to ship your personal effects as excess baggage when you travel. Carrier excess baggage fees for a couple of bags is most often less expensive than shipping separately without having to manage the entry requirements (discussed above).

Shipping a box or several boxes: Jet Worldwide provides solutions shipping of international personal effects Singapore from Canada via economy air.

Shipping a household/ container level: For shipping a full household, it is best to contact a moving specialists to arrange for packing and ocean transport.

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Items shipping to Singapore must be accompanied by an invoice for customs or other supporting documents.

Some duties and always Value Added Tax charge:

Imported goods are subject to GST and/or duty payment. A customs permit is required to account for the import and tax payment of the goods. Dutiable goods, which incur both GST and duty include
alcohol, tobacco products, motor vehicles, and petroleum products. Ad valorem or specific duty rates may be applied for dutiable goods.

All other goods (not mentioned above) are non-dutiable and incur GST only. GST is levied at 7% of the CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value, which includes duties (if it is a dutiable good) and other charges, costs and expenses incidental to the sale and delivery of the goods into Singapore, whether or not shown on the invoice.



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Import Requirements for Shipments from Canada to Singapore

Before the actual importation, the importer is required to obtain a customs permit. The importer is the party who imports the goods into Singapore:

  • For their own account or use; or
  • For the account or use of some other person
  • If an overseas company sold goods to a local company and the commercial invoice indicates the local customer as the consignee, the local customer will be the importer of the goods.

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Duty Free Clearance Canadian goods to Singapore Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The CPTPP Free Trade agreement allows duty free - or reduced duty - entry of Canadian goods imported to Singapore. In order to qualify for duty free status, the parcel must be accompanied by a certificate of origin and other supporting paperwork.

Disclaimer This blog is provided as a general guide for shippers and importers on the prescribed forms and/or minimum data requirement of the proof of origin document (e.g. Certificate of Origin) required for claiming preferential tariff treatment for dutiable imports in Singapore. It is not intended to serve as legal or other professional advice.


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CPTPP CERTIFICATION OF ORIGIN TO SINGAPORE: REQUIRED DATA

  1. Details of the certifier: (a) whether the certifier is the exporter, producer, importer or competent authority; (b) the name, telephone number and e-mail address of the certifier; and (c) the address (including country) of the certifier.
  2. Details relating to the exportation of the goods (unless the certifier is the producer and does not know the identity of the exporter): (a) the name, telephone number and e-mail address of the exporter; (b) the address (including country) of the place of export of the goods in a country that has ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (called in this Schedule a CPTPP country).
  3. Details relating to the production of the goods: (a) if there is only one producer: (i) the name, telephone number and e-mail address of the producer; and (ii) the address (including country) of the place of production of the goods in a CPTPP country; (b) if there is more than one producer: (i) the statement “Various”; or (ii) the details relating to each producer specified in paragraph (a); (c) where any person wishes for the information required to remain confidential, the statement “Available upon request by the importing authorities”.
  4. Details relating to the importation of the goods (if known to the certifier): (a) the name, telephone number and e-mail address of the importer; (b) the address (including country) of the importer in a CPTPP country.
  5. Details of the goods: (a) the description and HS tariff classification of the goods (to the 6-digit level); (b) the invoice number for the exportation (if the certification of origin covers a single shipment and if known).
  6. The rule of origin under which the goods qualify for the preferential rate. Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) CPTPP 1 of 2 33
  7. Where the certification of origin applies to multiple shipments of identical goods, the period (not exceeding 12 months) of shipments that the certification of origin covers.
  8. The date of the certification of origin and the signature of the certifier, accompanied by the following statement:

“I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification.”

For full details regarding the minimum data requirements for the certification of origin, please refer to Annex 3-B of the CPTPP agreement.


DUTY FREE ≠ TAX FREE TO SINGAPORE

It is important to understand that CPTPP applies to duty assessments but not taxes. All goods - even those cleared duty free - are subject Singapore's General Sales Tax/ GST of 7%.

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Parcel shipping options from Singapore to Canada

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Carrier options for shipping to Canada 

The common carrier options for shipping from Singapore to Canada include Singpost (the preferred options for individuals shipping small parcels and personal goods), FedEx, UPS and Jet  DHL. 

FedEx and UPS air options for shipping Canada from  Singapore include:


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Clearance of consignments from Singapore to Canada

Consignments imported from Singapore to Canada are subject to duty and taxes. Most imports valued under CAD 20 can be cleared duty-free and tax-free. Shipments under CAD 3 300 can be imported under Courier Low-Value Shipment (CLVS) processes.

Consignments containing Singapore origin goods may benefit from preferential duty free entry under the CPTPP free trade agreement (see below).

  • Up to CAD 20 and under: duty- and tax-free 
  • Duty and taxes apply when importing goods valued over CAD 20.

Contact Jet’s logistics team to get an estimate of import fees (for parcels shipped via our service).

Common Canadian import charges for imports from Singapore can include duty, taxes and carrier disbursement fees.

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Simplified Origin Statement for Shipping Canada from Singapore

The value for duty amount for all of Canada's free trade agreements (including qualifying Singapore origin goods under CPTPP) for which the proof of origin / certificate of origin is waived was changed to $3,300 CAD in July 2020. This change was made to harmonize the regulations with the new NAFTA/ CUSMA.

For imports not exceeding $3,300 to Canada, the requirement for proof of origin is waived. The requirement on the importer to maintain records (for example, commercial invoice and B3) applies even if the CBSA does not require a certification of origin or if a requirement for a certification of origin has been waived.


CARM:  CBSA Online Portal for Canadian Importers 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) online portal streamlines the process of importing commercial goods to Canada.

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jet-logo-vectorGetting a quote for shipping between Singapore and Canada.

Jet Worldwide gives access to all companies seeking shipping quotes between Singapore (and the APAC region) and Canada for parcels pallets, and online orders.   For a quote, please provide:

  • Your company name and contact details
  • Ship from Address
  • Ship To Address
  • Weight and dimensions of each piece
  • Item(s) being sent
  • Value

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For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).


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Written by Timothy Byrnes