Many people are shipping from US to Singapore – the former is the world’s largest trading nation with Singapore as one of their top 30 trading partners. As reported from the Department of Statistics Singapore, total imports from the US added up to a total of S$71.3 billion in 2020.
Besides being a trading partner, Singaporeans also enjoy shopping from overseas. Out of all overseas purchases, 20% of cross-border purchases are from the US.
Are you a consumer or a business looking to ship from US to Singapore? Find out the steps for shipping with a freight forwarder, some common international carriers, their estimated shipment rates and delivery times and more with M&P International Freights!
The two most practical modes of transporting your goods from the US to Singapore are air and sea freight. Other than that, land transportation via trucking may be used to transport your goods door-to-door smoothly.
Air freight is the shipping of goods via transport planes. It is the most ideal way if you need your goods to reach their destination quickly. Air freight usually takes about 3 to 8 days to clear customs and reach the destination.
Sea freight is the transportation of goods between ports by cargo ships, and is the most commonly selected shipping option by traders. Your goods will be packed into less-than-container load (LCL) or full container load (FCL) containers before sailing to their destination.
Sea freight from the US to Singapore typically takes around 27 to 46 days, depending on the departure point.
For LCL shipping, you will pay a flat rate and share the space of the container with other shippers’ products. The shipping period may be longer as all cargos will have to be consolidated from the US and deconsolidated in Singapore.
If FCL is used, you will pay for the entire container and can decide if you would like to fill it completely. FCL can be faster and more cost-effective for shipping of large cargos.
Trucking is where goods are transported on land via trucks. It is generally used to move goods locally, across land borders or from port to warehouse. It is usually used for first and last mile delivery of goods to and from their designated locations.
Common Carriers That Ship From US to Singapore
Some of the most common carriers used for shipments from US to Singapore include DHL, FedEx and USPS. They have a range of international shipping services that offer different price points and delivery speeds, as reflected in the table below.
Shipping with a freight forwarding company may help you get cheaper rates and quicker routes, due to longstanding relationships with carriers. Furthermore, forwarders may also plan routes with multiple carriers to get the most strategic prices.
|Carrier||Service||Estimated price in SGD (per 1kg package)*||Average delivery time|
|$27 - $35|
$33 - $50
|5 - 12 days|
3 - 9 days
|12 - 19 days|
2 - 4 days
International Priority Express
|2 - 5 days|
1 - 3 days
|USPS||First Class International|
Priority Mail International
|8 - 12 days|
3 - 5 days
*Prices are accurate as of 3 November 2022. They may vary due to factors such as insurance charges, the type and value of items being shipped, time of the year and changes in carriers’ price packages.
Common Prohibited Items To Be Exported From US
There are many items that are prohibited from being exported from the US, or require special export licences. The list of prohibited items include but is not limited to:
Common Prohibited Items To Be Imported To Singapore
There are many commonly prohibited items in Singapore. Prohibition is mainly caused by the negative effects of these products on the economy and to its citizen’s well being. These items include but are not limited to:
M&P International Freights has a vast international network and extensive experience in providing one-stop freight shipping services.
We have been in the industry since 2006 and are proud to have serviced a multitude of clients from different industries.
You will have a personal consultant attached to you, so that you can be kept updated along the way.
Having been in the industry for many years, we have an expansive network of service providers.
Our network has allowed us to adapt to challenges in the industry and build a high level of independence.
As every client’s shipping needs are different, we will advise on the suitable freight methods and route based on the shipping requirements.
At M&P, we will find solutions to ensure that the shipping plans are tailored to your needs.