Shipping times and costs from Australia to Singapore

Shipping from
Australia
Shipping to
Singapore
Shipping times
1 - 3 Days by air
11 - 16 Days by sea

1 Bedroom flat

Shipping costs by air £2,922 - £3,229
Shipping costs by sea £731 - £807

3 Bedroom house

Shipping costs by air N/A
Shipping costs by sea £1,124 - £1,242

5 Bedroom house

Shipping costs by air N/A
Shipping costs by sea £1,686 - £1,863

The cost of shipping is all dependent upon how much you need to ship, and how far. Read up on all you need to know about international shipping to your chosen country.

Shipping Container Costs to Singapore

Singapore is a small country with a big heart, bursting with diversity and character. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a rich fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. The tropical city-state, located at the southern tip of Malaysia, lies on an island about half the size of Los Angeles. It’s cosy, to say the least. Over the years, Singapore has bloomed into a futuristic garden city, dedicating more than half of its space to the green stuff. Skyscrapers mix seamlessly with trees and there are almost too many parks to choose from. The city’s crowning achievement is the Gardens by the Bay, which contains the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest and the enchanting Supertrees. It sounds more like a fairytale than a real place. If you’re thinking of moving to Singapore, there’s some practical information you need to know about first.

Different shipping options

You’ve probably got a few belongings that you’d like to take with you. International moves generally come with two options: shipping by sea and shipping by air. Sending cargo on a plane is fast but expensive, while using a container ship is slower but also much cheaper. We strongly recommend that you go with ocean freight if you want to save money, but it requires a bit of advanced planning. If you do opt for the ocean, you’ll also need to decide whether you need a 20ft container or a 40ft container. Likewise, you might want to use only a portion of a container (known as LCL or Less than Container Load) if you don’t have that much cargo to bring. But don’t worry, your shipping supplier can help you with all of these decisions. Most shipping suppliers will offer a full door-to-door service, but you should confirm this before agreeing on a price.

Major shipping routes

Singapore has only one port, so all of your belongings will be heading there. Don’t be deceived by the size of the country; the Port of Singapore is the second busiest container port in the world, second only to Shanghai. Not many things travel through Asia without stopping in Singapore. The port is nearly two hundred years old, so they certainly know what they’re doing. Your cargo will be in super safe hands.

Singaporean customs

Once your container has arrived in the Port of Singapore, the final hurdle is getting it past customs. You’ll need to provide a clear and detailed inventory that declares everything you’re bringing into the country. Remember: honesty is the best policy. There are certain items that are either prohibited or restricted by Singaporean customs (see below), so you should familiarise yourself with these before you get packing. Interestingly, chewing gum is a no-no. All of your personal belongings are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST), but you can apply for GST relief if you are able to prove that you’re moving to Singapore permanently. Port officials might physically inspect your container and this will incur a fee, but unfortunately there’s nothing you can do to prevent this. For more information, check out the official Singapore Customs website.

Shipping Container Options

20Ft Shipping Container

Dimensions:
33 Cubic Meters
5.9m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)

Price: £1,124 - £1,242

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  • Boxes
    16 x medium boxes
  • Kitchen
    1 x american fridge, 1 x small fridge, 3 x kitchen appliances
  • Bedrooms
    1 x wardrobe, 1 x double bed, 1 x single bed, 2 x lamps
  • Lounge
    1 x sofa, 4 x chairs, 1 x table, 1 x armchair, 1 x television
  • Various
    1 x motorbike, 4 x bicycles

Please note that this is an estimate and is intended for rough guidance only.

40Ft Shipping Container

Dimensions:
67 Cubic Meters
12.03m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)

Price: £2,136 - £2,360

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  • Boxes
    28 x medium boxes
  • Kitchen
    1 x american fridge, 1 x small fridge, 3 x kitchen appliances
  • Bedroom
    1 x wardrobe, 1 x double bed, 1 x single bed, 2 x lamps
  • Lounge
    1 x sofa, 4 x chairs, 1 x table, 1 x armchair, 1 x television
  • Various
    1 x car, 1 x motorbike, 4 x bicycles

Please note that this is an estimate and is intended for rough guidance only.

Car shipped by sea freight

Max Dimensions: 5.75m x 2.2m x 2.2m (l x w x h)

Base Price: £731 - £807

Quarantine & Taxes: £1,000 - £2,500

Price: £2,124 - £3,742

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Unusual Restricted Items

Chewing Gum
Only oral dental and medicated gum products approved by the Singapore Health Services Authority are allowed.
Chewing Tobacco and Imitation Tobacco Products
These include e-cigarettes.
Obscene publications and other media
Pornography and other types of obscenity are prohibited.
Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
Any drugs that can cause addiction are banned.
Counterfeit items
Counterfeit materials and any materials breaching copyrights are banned.
Weapons and Ammunition
Weapons and ammunition can be brought in only with permission from Singapore Police Force.