Shipping liquids overseas from Singapore involves a unique set of considerations and regulations. Unlike shipping regular goods, liquids, especially those that are alcoholic or flammable, require additional precautions and adherence to specific rules. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to customs issues, delays, or even legal consequences.

In this article, we’ll explore the process of shipping liquids from Singapore to international destinations, including the ways to pack them. Additionally, we’ll also shed light on the types of liquids frequently prohibited for international shipping and the mandatory permits or certifications needed for restricted liquids.


When shipping liquids overseas, it’s essential to consider the regulations associated with the specific item being transported. Here are some examples of liquids that are generally considered safe for international shipment:

  • Water
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (e.g. juice, soft drinks)
  • Cosmetics and personal care products (e.g. shampoo, lotion)


Liquids that usually face restrictions and prohibitions when it comes to shipping include:

  • Alcohol
  • Flammable liquids (e.g. nail polish, perfume)
  • Hazardous liquids (e.g. chemicals)

It’s recommended to check the destination country’s requirements and carrier restrictions before you ship your liquids.


Whether you’re a business owner seeking to transport liquids in bulk or an individual looking to ship personal liquid items, the process to ship your goods isn’t a difficult one. Here are the 3 key steps:


Before shipping liquids overseas from Singapore, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research to ensure compliance with both the destination country’s import regulations and the regulations set by the shipping carrier. Failure to adhere to these regulations may result in the shipment getting confiscated or incurring hefty fines.

The first step is to determine the category in which your liquids fall – acceptable, restricted, or prohibited. If your liquids are restricted or prohibited, you may be required to submit certain permits or documents for the shipment.

It’s also essential to consider the taxes and duties that may apply. These charges can vary depending on the destination country and the nature of the liquid being shipped. Customs authorities may impose import duties, value-added taxes (VAT), excise taxes, or other fees on imported liquids. 

Navigating the intricacies of permits, taxes, and other related procedures can be perplexing task. Instead of attempting to decipher all this information independently, it’s highly recommended to enlist the services of a reputable customs broker or experienced freight forwarder

These professionals possess the expertise to guide you through the process, alleviating the burden of understanding complex regulations and ensuring a smoother experience.


While you can ship liquids using various shipping methods like truckingair freight, and sea freight, there are a few factors to consider before making your decision:

  • Safety: Certain liquids have specific restrictions imposed on them. For example, shipping of liquids in aerosol cans cannot be done so by air freight. The same also applies to flammable liquids for certain carriers.
  • Time and cost: While air freight is typically the fastest shipping method, it’s also the most costly option. Sea freight, on the other hand, is slower but more cost-effective.

If you’re unsure of which shipping method to choose, consult your freight forwarder who will be able to provide expert advice.


After you have gathered the necessary information and selected the appropriate shipping method, it’s time to pack and ship your liquids. 

It’s important to follow packaging instructions set by your carrier to ensure your shipment is protected against any potential damage. Once your liquids are properly packaged, arrange for shipment through your chosen freight forwarder!


You can take the following steps to ensure your liquids are properly packed and sealed so that they arrive intact at their destination.

Seal liquids in containers properly

Use leak-proof containers to store your liquids and tightly seal the containers to avoid any spillage. If you’re transporting your shipments by air freight, it’s also best to not fill the containers up all the way as the air pressure may cause the containers to pop open.

Use waterproof pouches

Take the protection a step further and place containers into waterproof pouches just in case they do leak. This will ensure that the spill is contained and doesn’t affect the rest of the shipment.

Use dunnage to fill any gaps in your boxes

You can use dunnage to stop bottles and containers from rolling around in your cardboard boxes:

  • Corrugated box dividers will allow bottles to stand upright – this is perfect for shipments of wine and other types of alcohol bottles.
  • Bubble wrap can be used to cushion the top and bottom of the cardboard boxes, and packing paper can be used to fill any gaps. 
  • If you’re still worried about leaks, you can also line the bottom of the boxes with moisture-absorbent pads.

Seal and label box

Fragile sticker label close up

Before sending your parcels on their way, you’ll want to ensure that they’re secure and ready for handling by your carrier. For extra security, use 2 layers of packing tape and label your boxes with “fragile” and “liquids” stickers so that your packages will be handled carefully.


Are liquids considered dangerous goods?

Not all liquids are considered dangerous! Some dangerous liquids include aerosols, perfumes, and flammable liquids.

If you’re shipping dangerous goods, engaging a dangerous goods shipping service can help you understand and comply with the best packing practices and requirements needed to ship your goods.

Yes, toiletries like soap and lotions can be shipped overseas.

However, different countries and carriers may restrict certain items and sizes (exceeding personal usage amounts) so it’s best to check with the relevant customs authorities and carriers first.

Sea freight will be cheaper than air freight in general, but there are also other potential costs to consider such as taxes and duties to be paid for your liquids. Different carriers may also impose different charges which can affect the final price of your shipment.

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While shipping liquids overseas has its own set of challenges, doing proper research and adhering to relevant regulations can create a smooth shipping process.

Engaging a freight forwarder like M&P International Freights can also help to make the process smoother as we can provide expert advice for your liquid shipping needs and provide freight packing services.