If you’re moving to Singapore from any part of the world, you might think that the modern photographs of the country would allow you to bring in anything from your old home. Think again. Singapore is another country, and it has cultural nuances which may not necessarily agree with your own. As such, some materials here are prohibited, and the list of prohibited items might be unusual for you. For an easy shipping experience, make sure that your 20 and 40 ft containers do not contain and prohibited items.
What you need to do
About three to six months prior to your departure, you should visit the Embassy of Singapore to your country. You need to obtain a list of all items which are prohibited from entering their country. Otherwise, your entire shipment, if not the items themselves, will be confiscated from you and you will never see them again.
Some of the prohibited items which most foreigners consider unusual include cigarettes, chewing gum, and printed materials which may be offensive to the country’s culture and/or religions. These include erotica and magazines with pictures of nude persons. You must never bring these items into the country if you don’t want to risk the forfeiture of your items.
If you’re shipping laptops, make sure your programs did not infringe any copyrights. Even a USB containing illegally downloaded movies and audio may get you into trouble. Also clear your visa, and make sure that you have a permit to bring in all of your personal effects into the country before actually signing the bill of laden. Some items may be taxed. You need to go to the Embassy for the complete list of tax fees and restricted items because these figures change every once in a while.
Movers will also only agree to ship your personal effects if they are itemized and packaged correctly. Twenty and 40 ft containers are standard large enclosed containers. This doesn’t mean that you can simply dump all of your personal effects into the container, though. You will have to pack them, according to item category, is standard sized boxes.
These boxes will also be provided by your moving company. Within the boxes, you will probably also be asked to pack fragile items with paper, cardboard, and bubble wrap. You need to do this in order to protect your personal effects during travel. Collision and friction between boxes is very common in transit especially if the container wasn’t compactly packed.
Singapore is a country where condominiums are more popular than houses so it’s highly unlikely that anyone would want to bring in over-sized items. Nonetheless, if you have pieces of furniture which can’t fit into enclosed 20 or 40 ft containers, you will have to rent an open rack container instead, or apart from your 20 ft or 40 ft container shipping to Singapore.
Just make sure that your items are still well packaged in carton and/or bubble wrap while they’re contained in an open rack. You should also consider purchasing an insurance policy to protect yourself from losses and/or damages during the move.