GST is charged if your CIF Value (cost, insurance and freight) of the goods plus all duties payable is more than SGD 400.
If the invoice value of goods does not include insurance and freight charges, the postage charge paid for the goods is to be taken as freight and insurance charges, and is to be added to the invoice value of such invoice for calculation of GST payable.
Hence, do try to keep your CIF Value below SGD 400 per shipment to avoid being charged GST.
However, if the item is way cheaper overseas, it might still be worthwhile to pay for the GST of 7%.
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For more info, you can refer to the GST website here>>
Also, do make sure your items are not dutiable or controlled goods, e.g.:
Dutiable goods include the following:
- Intoxicating liquors, including wine, beer, ale, stout and porter.
- Tobacco products, including cigarettes and cigars. Also, please click here to see the list of controlled or prohibited goods in Singapore.
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