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Import cars to Singapore

Thinking of Importing a car from UK to Singapore? AutoExporters can assist you all the way in getting your dream car imported to Singapore from UK and from other countries. Please contact a member of our team for more information on Importing your car to Singapore.

Shipping Port

The common port in Singapore for importation of vehicles is Singapore.

Age Restrictions

Vehicles more than 3 years old are not allowed to be import in the country.

Right Hand Drive Cars

Importation of right-hand drive vehicles is permitted in the country.

Importing your car from overseas is not recommended, as there are import duties and fees to pay upon bringing your vehicle over. But if you have to, the following will be some useful guidelines and information.


  1. You can only import cars that are less than three years of age.
  2. The age of the used vehicle is calculated from the date of its first registration in a foreign country. If the first registration date of the vehicle cannot be ascertained, then the age of the vehicle is calculated from the date of manufacture.
  3. There is a surcharge of S$10,000 for each imported used car registered in Singapore.
  4. The used vehicle has to comply with the Euro II emission standard. As such, the used vehicle will have to be tested by LTA/ENV recognized overseas vehicle emission test laboratories to ensure compliance with the required standard at the time of import.
  5. All safety glass fitted must have not less than 70% light transmittance and must not contain any metallic oxide coating.
  6. All modifications made to the car must be properly certified, and be done only by the manufacturer or an agent authorized by the manufacturer.
  7. The car must use unleaded petrol.
  8. The cars air-conditioner must be CFC-free.
  9. Your car to be a right hand drive type.
  10. Your car to be fitted with approved seat belts both front and rear.
  11. Your car not to have any asbestos in its brake or clutch lining.
  12. The car must pass a mechanical inspection by the LTA.

 Things to prepare

  • A copy of the EEC Certificate of Conformity is required from your vehicles manufacturer if your vehicle is made in one of the European countries.
  • The Completion Inspection Certificate from your vehicles manufacturer if your vehicle is made in Japan.
  • If it is neither made in the European countries or in Japan, your vehicle can be sent for testing checks at any recognized vehicle testing laboratory to obtain a Certificate of Compliance with Exhaust Emission Standards and the Test Report and a Safety Glass Certificate.
  • If your vehicle is new, you can provide documentary proof that your car is new or never been registered for use. For example, receipts, and invoices. If your car is a used one, the vehicle registration documentary proof would be necessary, and has to be certified by your local authorities.
  • If your vehicle were a foreign model never been imported to Singapore, you would need to provide technical specifications, brochures or booklets issued by your vehicles manufacturer.
  • A Declaration Form for asbestos free brake and clutch lining.
  • Organize with your shipping agent for an Inward Cargo Clearance Permit from a by having them to submit a joint application to the Trade Development Board (TDB) and the Customs and Excise Department (CED) using Tradenet.
  • Obtain an Open Market Value (OMV) of your vehicle from the Customs and Excise Department so they can levy the 41percent customs duty based on the value.


  • Bill of Lading(BL)
  • Pro forma invoice
  • Export certificate
  • Freightand Insurance Papers
  • Bills related to other incidental charges (if applicable)
  • Documents related to exhaust emission test, windscr test etc.
  • Car Manufacturing date confirmation letter from the manufacturer
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate