Shipping from Hong Kong to Singapore
Based in Singapore, M&P International Freights is one of the largest international freight forwarders that has had more than a decade of experience. Shipping internationally often comes with the commitment of abiding to the rules and regulations of the export and import countries, as well as other concerns such as having to prepare the relevant documents for custom clearance and hoping that your cargo gets to the destination safely and punctually.
With the experienced team at M&P, you will be able to put your mind at ease with our extensive knowledge and global network as we are able to offer you with the most suitable routes and vessels to suit your shipping requirements.
How long does it take to ship from Hong Kong to Singapore?
With M&P International Freights’ vast experience and extensive network, customers can be assured the most time-efficient routes for all your shipments. Shipping from Hong Kong to Singapore would typically take up to 4 days by sea freight and about 24 hours by air freight. All cargoes are shipped in time to ensure that it arrives at the destination by the estimated date.
What are some of the restricted items for shipping from Hong Kong to Singapore?
Some common prohibited and controlled items that are not allowed to be exported out of Hong Kong include
- Powdered formula
- Dangerous drugs
Some of these items are similar to the prohibited and controlled items that are not permitted to be imported into Singapore. Examples include
- Chewing gum
- Ginseng roots
- Toy guns
- Cigarette lighters
What are the taxes included in the shipment?
When you ship internationally, the country that you are exporting from and importing to will impose taxes on your shipment based on a few factors. It is hence crucial to be aware of the types of taxes in both the export and import countries to take them into consideration when calculating the shipping cost incurred.
For exporting shipments out of Hong Kong, there are no customs tariffs involved. However, importing into Singapore would require the payment of a Goods and Services Tax (GST) (might be known as a Value-Added Tax in other countries) for all items and duties for dutiable goods. The current GST rate is 7% and it is calculated based on the customs value of all goods and the last selling price of the goods, including all duties. Duties that are payable include the customs and excise duties, and these taxes are only imposed on dutiable goods. The 4 categories of dutiable goods are
- Intoxicating liquors
- Tobacco products
- Petroleum products
- Biodiesel blends
Other factors that may affect the taxes include the
- Value of cargo
Taxes may apply if the value of cargo is above a certain value.
- Intended use of the product
For example, a computer for home use may be taxable while a computer that will be used by the government or for research and development may not taxed.
- Estimated dimensions and weight
A heavier and larger shipment might cause taxes to be imposed.
What are the shipping documents needed for customs clearance?
Other than knowing what taxes there are and how they are calculated, you will have to find out about the documents that are required for the exportation and importation of your cargo – this means that you will similarly have abide to the procedures of both the export and import countries.
Exporting shipments out of Hong Kong would require the following documents:
In the case of importing into Singapore, the necessary documents would be:
Once your cargo has been successfully shipped, it is essential for you and your Declaring Agent to keep all the relevant documents pertaining to the purchase, sale, import and export of your items for a minimum of 5 years from the date of the permit application approval.
These documents include, but are not limited to,
- Commercial invoice
- Bills of lading or air waybill
- Certificate of origin
- Certificate of analysis
- Certificate of insurance
Lastly, if you would like to get more information, here are some useful links for your reference:
Quick Guide for Importing into Singapore (Step-by-step guide)