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International Removals to Singapore

Exciting times are ahead – you’re moving to Singapore for work, for retirement or to be closer to family. First up, let the experts navigate you through some of the first things to think about when it comes to household removals.

Get packing

A shipping agent will normally manage your move to Singapore - from transport logistics to customs, packing and removals services. A door-to-door removals and delivery service often includes packing and unpacking carried out by dedicated staff - an option certainly worth considering if you’re moving as a family or if you’re otherwise tight on time.

By air or sea freight?

Typical options for moving your goods to Singapore are air cargo and sea freight. Air cargo is best for small and light loads as air freight charges by weight rather than volume. Sea cargo tends to be the preferred option amongst those moving to Singapore with large items of furniture and household goods, as you’ll pay a flat fee per container load, and the shipping port will be reasonably close to any address in Singapore.

Collection options

Costs can be reduced by collecting your consignment in person at the shipping port. This will save paying for a delivery on the last leg of the journey, plus any unpacking costs and warehousing charges that would have otherwise been levied.

Prohibitions

Your full shipping quote should include the cost of clearing customs, but any unforeseen charges arising on entry at your destination port will be invoiced to you at a later date. Customs regulations and prohibited items will be different between countries, but below you will find some Singapore-specific guidelines. We also suggest that you also look up export prohibitions for your country of origin, and you can search here for a list of other Move Hub articles that might be useful. As ever, your shipping agent will be able to advise on all import and export regulations for your move.

Some of the items you cannot import to Singapore:

- Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products

- Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape

- Obscene articles, publications, video tapes, discs and software

- Fruits and vegetables (restricted)

Times and costs

Two main variables will determine your international removal costs:

1. The distance your goods need to travel

2. The volume of your goods

You’ll find a general guide below, giving estimated times and costs for sending cargo to Singapore from a number of countries across the world. All prices are guides, and these costs will vary depending on specific points of origin. Sea freight costs are based on a full forty foot sea container valued at a standard £6,000. Air freight typically takes around one week and costs are based on a typical 250kg load.

Removals to Singapore costs comparison

Origin

Sea Freight Cost (FCL)

Sea Freight Time

Air Freight Cost (up to 250kg)

Air Freight Time

UK

2700 SGD (£1200)

24 days

3000 SGD (£1400)

< 1 week

USA

7900 SGD (£3800)

30 days

3000 SGD (£1400)

< 1 week

UAE

4200 SGD (£2000)

10 days

3000 SGD (£1400)

< 1 week

Australia

2300 SGD (£1100)

11 days

3000 SGD (£1400)

< 1 week

Canada

8500 SGD (£3800)

30 days

3000 SGD (£1400)

< 1 week