Singapore: Customs control list; dual-use and strategic goods

Singapore: Customs control list; strategic goods

New measures concerning strategic goods, bringing Singapore’s strategic goods control list into compliance with international agreements, will be effective 2 November 2015.

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The Strategic Goods (Control) Order 2015 (SGCO 2015), published in the official gazette on 4 September 2015, brings Singapore’s strategic goods control list up to date with the 2014 Wassenaar Arrangement Munitions List and the 2014 European Union’s List of Dual-Use Items (EUDL). The EUDL contains dual-use items controlled by the four multilateral export control regimes—the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Missile Control Technology Regime, the Australia Group, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The SGCO 2015 incorporates certain revisions such as new entries, deletions, re-categorisation, as well as editorial changes for consistency and clarity of controls. Read text of the SGCO 2015 on the Customs website.

New permit requirements

With the new strategic goods control list, some strategic goods subject to brokering controls will be re-categorised. These technical changes will be reflected in the Strategic Goods (Control) (Brokering) (Amendment) Order 2015. 

A strategic goods permit will be required for the transhipment and transit of strategic goods prescribed in the 4th and 5th Schedules to the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations (SGCR) respectively. With the updated strategic goods control list, some of the strategic goods in these schedules will be re-categorised, and new goods will be added to the existing categories of strategic goods subject to transhipment and transit controls. These changes will be reflected in the Strategic Goods (Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. 

Both the Strategic Goods (Control) (Brokering) (Amendment) Order 2015 and Strategic Goods (Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 will be effective 2 November 2015.

Traders who already have a bulk license to export strategic goods, and whose goods are affected by these changes must inform Singapore Customs, and seek a re-issued bulk license. 


For more information, contact a customs and trade professional with the KPMG member firm in Singapore: 

Angelia Chew | +65 621 33 768 |

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