The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.
To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).
- Chewing gum
- Cyclamates, sodium and calcium, items containing
- Firearms and firearm parts
- Lottery tickets and advertising
- Lucky charms, advertising of
- Milk, skimmed
- Obscene articles and publications
- Postage stamps, fictitious or used
- Seditious and treasonable materials
- Tobacco and chewing tobacco.
Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under International Courier.
All types of batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Courier services.
If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.
We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:
Singapore requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. A Goods and Services Tax of three per cent of the total of cost, insurance, freight and customs duty applies to all goods and merchandise imported into Singapore. Senders should determine import restrictions from Singapore authorities before posting:
- Animals and animal products
- Drugs and medicines
- Fruits and vegetables
- Firearms and firearm parts
- Hypodermic syringes
- Meat or meat products
- Newspaper, books and magazines
- Parasites and insect killers
- Plants and parts of plants
- Telecommunications and radio communications equipment
- Weapons and weapon parts.
Okay to send? Send responsibly.
As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.
Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 3.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.
It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.
In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.
Commercial goods require an invoice.
GST changes from 1 January 2023
From 1 January 2023 all low value goods (LVG) imported to Singapore by air or post valued up to and including 400 SGD will be charged GST.
All senders are required to register for GST in Singapore if the following thresholds are exceeded in a calendar year or are expected to be exceeded in any 12-month period:
- S$1m in global revenue, and
- S$100,000 in LVG relating to B2C supplies to Singapore.
If senders are GST-registered, they are required to charge and account for GST on B2C LVG to Singapore.
SingPost requires the following to ensure successful delivery:
- GST registration number of the sender
- details of GST paid
The GST registration number should be present on the customs form/customs declaration in the “Importer’s reference number” field, and both the GST registration number and detail of GST paid should be on in the invoice on the exterior of the parcel.
For more information, please refer to Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.
Delivery locations & exclusions
Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.
Delivery locations & exclusions data (Personal)
- International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to all mainland destinations plus Sentosa Island
International Express - Parcels does not deliver to islands other than Sentosa. International Express - Parcels does deliver to a Post Office Box and Poste Restante.
Unmounted precious stones
Singapore admits unmounted precious stones only with an import permit from the Postmaster General.
- International Courier
Check our International Courier page to find a participating Post Office.
Shipments must be lodged at the counter by the participating Post Office cut-off time, which may vary by outlet. International parcels are charged according to actual weight. The maximum weight you can send is 20kg and the maximum girth is 140cm.
International Courier Declaration and DHL Airway Bill forms, available at participating retail centres, need to be filled out by hand and attached to the shipment (instructions available in-store). For Customs declarations, articles may not be declared as containing "Personal effects".
International Courier does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.
Metropolitan delivery to (valid postcodes in brackets):
Singapore (010000 to 508264, 508453 to 509190, 509200 to 839999)
For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Singapore Post website.