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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Singapore

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Singapore.

Prohibited Commodities for Singapore

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, blank (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Computer software
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Diskettes
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders (NI)
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Transparencies
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Alcoholic beverages
Animal products
Animal skins
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
Coal & firewood
Cologne and perfume
Communications equipment
Compact disc
Cosmetics
Cotton seed
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Electronic games
Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
Films: entertainment
Films: promotional, training
Foodstuffs
Grain samples
Laser disc
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Medical samples
Military equipment
Newspapers
Oil products
Perishables
Phones/modems
Plant products
Plants
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
Seeds
Soil samples
Telecommunications equipment
Tobacco
Toys
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.