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Singapore Customs Registration
Importing, exporting goods? Don’t forget to register your account with the Singapore Customs
Package Fee for Singapore Customs Registration
|Packages Available||Fee (SGD)|
|Activation of custom account||From $400 (W/GST $428)|
If your company is engaged in export, import or trans-shipment activities in Singapore, you are required to register the company with the Singapore Customs as an importer, exporter, common carrier and others (no matter by land, air or sea). This central registration number is mandatory for Singapore companies or organisations engaged in trading activities. The following categories of companies are required to be registered with Singapore Customs:
– TradeNet® users: A company requiring Customs permits for either itself or its clients for the import, export or transshipment of goods in Singapore.
– Participants of the Inter-Bank GIRO scheme – A company paying duties, Goods & Services Tax (GST) or other miscellaneous fees to Singapore Customs through the Inter-Bank GIRO
– Applicants of duty/GST exemption: A company applying for industrial duty exemption and other duty exemption or GST relief on goods other than used personal and household effects.
– Shipping agents/Airlines: A shipping agent/airline requiring Customs permits or claim duty exemption
– Operators of licensed warehouses and Zero GST (ZG) warehouses
From 1st January 2009, Singapore Customs has implemented the use of Unique Entity Number (UEN) to replace the Central Registration (CR/IA) Number used in transactions with Singapore Customs. UEN is a standard identification number for entities to interact with government agencies. The Accounting and corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Registration Number, received at the time of company/ business registration is retained as the UEN for local Companies and Businesses. Your UEN is your one number for convenient interaction with government agencies. Whether it is filing your corporate tax returns or applying for import and export permit, you will no longer need to use different numbers to interact with different government agencies. Your UEN will be all that you need. Other type of entities can obtain their UEN from the relevant Issuance Agency. The Customs Account is valid for as long as the entity remains registered with the Issuance Agency. There is no need to renew registration. When company closes or ceases its operation the registration must be duly cancelled.
How does UEN affect you?
– UEN shall be your entity’s single identification number for interaction with government agencies.
– UEN replaces all other identification numbers issued to them by different government agencies.
– For example, you can use it for filing your corporate tax returns, applying for import and export permits or submitting the employee’s CPF contribution.
– Businesses and local companies currently registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) will retain their ACRA Registration Number as their UEN. The reason for this is to minimise impact of UEN as these two entity-types constitute 85% of all registered entities in Singapore.
UEN is an iGov2010 initiative to delight customers and connect citizens through infocomm. It is a multi-agency initiative, co-led by the Ministry of Finance and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, and managed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, in partnership with other government agencies. The proposal of having a UEN was mooted in 2005. A public consultation exercise was carried out from December 2005 to January 2006. Currently, government agencies do not have a common identification number for entities. Entities have to use different identification numbers to interact with different government agencies. This is inconvenient for the entities, and inefficient for the government. The UEN, being a single identification number for interactions with the government will bring convenience, simplify and reduce possible errors caused by the use of multiple numbers, thus speeding up transactions with government agencies.