Canadians are expanding their economic connections with Singapore and the pacific region in general thanks to Singapores open economy and the CPTPP free trade agreement.

Jet Worldwide provides low cost shipping to Singapore from Canada

Jet Worldwide is backed by over 35 years of international logistics expertise. Our team offers transparency, advise on best practices (which often involves recommending alternative options) and unique global parcel shipping solutions.

In this blog, we review the following things to consider when shipping Canada from Singapore.

  • Importing to Singapore for goods shipped from Canada
  • Canadian carrier shipping options Singapore from Canada
  • Shipping conditions to consider: Duty paid or unpaid?
  • Shipping personal effects Singapore from Canada
  • Shipping duty free to Singapore via CPTPP duty free
  • Simplified Origin certifications for qualifying goods TO Canada under CPTPP

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for general information only. Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities.

 

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Importing Canadian Goods to Singapore

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.

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%.

Import Requirements for Shipments from Canada:

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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Canadian International Common Carrier Options

Shipping Options to Singapore

Shipping packages to Singapore via Canada Post

Canada Post offers low cost delivery for individuals shipping small packages to Singapore and all of Singapore. Packages sent via Canada Post are imported to Singapore and delivered by Singpost (the state owned provider of postal services in Singapore).

While the delivery time and service can be uncertain, Canada Post International Small Packet Surface Service to Singapore offers the lowest cost for shipping packages under 2 kg .

Canada Post Delivery Services to Singapore Include:

For shipping small parcels to Singapore via Canada Post

  • Canada Post Small Packet International Surface to Singapore
  • Canada Post Small Packet International Air to Singapore
  • Canada Post Tracked Packet International Air to Singapore: 2 week Delivery

For shipping Canada post parcel to Singapore

  • 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 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:

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.

Shipping Singapore from Canada via Jet Worldwide

Jet Worldwide shares our logistics expertise (as evidenced by our industry leading blog articles) and global parcel shipping solutions: Including shipping to Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. For professional insights, a comparison quote or "out of the box" solution, Contact Jet's logistics professionals.

Shipping Terms to Consider When Shipping to Singapore
The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is delivery duty unpaid. Common carriers use the term 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 Singapore's 7% 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. Get a shipping quote international from Canada via Jet.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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Simplified Origin Statement for Shipping Canada from Singapore

FREE-TRADE-GRAPHICThe 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.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for general information only. Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities.

 

Written by Timothy Byrnes