International Shipping to Singapore
Everything you need to know for shipping to Singapore from the UK including how to get an instant shipping cost quote online.
If you are planning to ship personal effects or household goods to Singapore you’re in the right place.
No matter whether you’re a UK migrant shipping your whole house contents or a Singaporean expat returning home with a few boxes, we at PSS can take care of the whole process for you.
PSS has been shipping to Singapore and others areas of South East Asia from the UK for over 40 years. After all this time of coordinating international shipments, our priorities remain the same: to provide you with exceptional service and affordable shipping costs from the UK to Singapore.
Our overseas shipping to Singapore service is intended to make your transition to life in Singapore as stress-free as possible. No matter whether you are just shipping a few boxes or your whole household contents and car, our expert teams fully organise your UK to Singapore shipment, including customs clearance and assistance with documentation.
Shipping your belongings to Singapore is easy with PSS
Home Survey or Quote
Get an online quote in 60 seconds or book a FREE home survey.
Help and Advice
Your dedicated Account Manager can help answer your questions and tailor your shipping requirements.
Quick and easy collection and shipping
Whether you are shipping boxes or furniture, choose either our self-packing or professional packing service.
Customs clearance & delivery to your new home
On arrival our agents will take care of customs clearance and deliver to your door.
“Why choose PSS International in 2023?”
- Free home or video survey
- Independent, family run business with 40 years of experience
- We only handle overseas removals & international shipping
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- Protection by the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
Shipping to Singapore from the UK
From the second you alert us to your interest, you are assigned a move coordinator to manage your UK to Singapore shipping from pre-home survey through to unloading of your moving boxes.
Our experience as the UK’s leading personal shipping service means we know what it takes to move the belongings of families, expats, travellers and students to Singapore and can make the whole process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
We serve every area, so no matter where you’re heading in Singapore, we’ll ensure your belongings arrive safely.
What does our international shipping service to Singapore include?
- Door to door shipping service
- Free home/video survey
- Part or full load container removal service
- Dedicated Move Manager
- Help with documentation
- Export quality packing materials
- Choice of self-pack or professional packing service
- Advice on customs requirements
- Use of recognised accredited shipping lines
- Customs clearance
- Storage in UK or Singapore if required
Shipping to Singapore Reviews
Shipping to Singapore cost calculator
Want to know how it will cost to move house to Singapore? Our free online shipping to Singapore cost calculator will help you calculate the volume of household goods you want to ship and provide you with an estimate of the cost.
The Ultimate Guide to Shipping to Singapore from UK
Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about shipping to Singapore.
What size Shipping Container do I need for Singapore?
Whether your load requires full or shared container shipping to Singapore depends on the quantity or combined dimensions of your items.
Shared Shipping Containers to Singapore (Groupage)
For small moves, we load items into a shared shipping container from the UK to Singapore alongside the boxes of other PSS customers, this is also known as our groupage service. Sometimes this can be referred to as part-load container shipping (Or LCL – Less than Container Load)
“Our groupage service is a quick and easy way to send a single box of clothing or personal goods and sports equipment, smaller items of furniture, or household contents from a single room up to a small flat. You only need to pay for the space you use.
Full-Load Container Shipping from the UK to Singapore
If you have a larger load to send to Singapore, our Full Container Load (FCL) shipping option is advantageous, also known as sole-use container shipping to Singapore.
If you are sending a large family home of furniture and personal items, PSS can provide a 20ft or 40ft shipping container intended for your sole use.
The cost of container shipping to Singapore from the UK depends on the chosen size of the shipping container. Our 20ft and 40ft shipping containers have plenty of space, and it is up to you how you fill that container.
A standard 20ft shipping container is large enough for the contents of the average three bedroom house.
A 40ft shipping container is usually big enough to fit the contents of a 4 bedroom house and car.
The quoted cost includes a full, professional packing service.
Another advantage of having your own sole use shipping container is that it leave immediately on the next available ship bound for Singapore. No waiting around for other customers to fill the container.
How Much Does Shipping to Singapore Cost from the UK in 2023?
PSS’ shipping estimates to Singapore from the UK are based upon the best shipping method for sending goods to Singapore.
As we have large numbers of customers shipping belongings to Singapore every year, we are able to offer very competitive shipping rates.
Although the cheapest way to ship to Singapore is using part-load container shipping, you should consider that many items are more expensive in Singapore. Also when you add up the cost of replacing all your smaller items it is often cheaper to ship a higher volume of goods.
We calculate part-load shipping rates from the UK to Singapore using the combined dimensions of your consignment and the area they take up within the container.
For larger moves using sole-use container shipping, your freight costs to Singapore are determined by which size shipping container you use – 20ft or 40ft.
Cost of air freight shipping to Singapore
When customers need their items sending to Singapore urgently, we can provide air freight services. Air freight is our fastest shipping option and for smaller quantities, it can be surprisingly cost effective. We base air freight quotes on the weight and volume of your goods, so for consignments of more than a couple of boxes, our sea freight shipping options may be cheaper.
However, sometimes the cheapest way to ship your belongings to Singapore is actually by air freight – especially for inland and remoter regions. This is because sea shipments may need to be off loaded and transported to your final destination by road freight
PSS’s trained Move Managers will therefore find you the cheapest, most economical and fastest way to ship your goods.
Cheapest shipping quotes to Singapore
We always aim to provide you with the cheapest shipping cost to Singapore. We are able to offer cheap shipping due to the volume we ship and the number of customers we help move to Singapore.
If you receive a much cheaper quote, check carefully that they include a full door to door service and if any costs are excluded. Beware that some cheap quotes only include the cost of shipping to the nearest container port which can be a long way from your destination!
Also ensure that they are a fully accredited shipping company with FIDI or BAR Overseas in order to get the best price and service.
Get an accurate price for shipping to Singapore
The surest way to receive an accurate shipping quote is through a free home survey. Our home surveys are intended to provide customers with a clear-cut and detailed shipping quote from the UK to Singapore before they agree to anything.
How Long Does Shipping From UK to Singapore Take?
|Sea Freight Full Container||Sea Freight Shared Container||Air Freight|
|Average Shipping Times||4-6 weeks||5-9 weeks||5-10 days|
When shipping your personal belongings to Singapore the transit time between shipping in the UK and arrival at your new destination will be approximately 4-6 weeks for full container shipments and 5-9 weeks for part load / shared shipments.
NB: These are approximate sea freight shipping times to ports in Singapore only. You will need to allow additional time for customs clearance and final delivery to your destination.
Shipping times to Singapore can vary. Shipping groupage in a shared container takes longer than shipping a full container load as different customers shipments need to be consolidated to fill one container.
How Long Does Air Freight Shipping to Singapore take from the UK?
For sending excess baggage or boxes to Singapore by air freight allow approximately 5 – 10 days.
Do I Need Maritime Shipping Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover to Singapore?
It is highly advisable to take out maritime shipping insurance or shipment protection cover before you ship your personal effects or household goods to Singapore.
Although it is doubtful to experience problems when shipping items from the UK to Singapore, it is still wise to have shipment protection cover when sending goods overseas, especially for items of significant financial value.
PSS International offers very flexible Shipment Protection Plans. You can cover your whole shipment or choose the individual items you wish to cover.
Your PSS Move Manager can explain the different options available and guide you through completing the Shipment Protection Valuation form.
Customs Guide for shipping personal effects to Singapore
All goods that arrive into Singapore are subject to a customs clearance and we will submit all the relevant paperwork required to obtain the release of your goods, this can sometimes take up to 7 days.
However, this is a guide and could possibly take longer in the busier months. You do not need to be present or in the country for clearance.
- An Employment pass must be submitted to ensure that GST of 7% is not charged on your goods. If you do not have this in place prior to clearance you can only obtain release if you agree to pay the GST of your declared value of goods (not your insured value).
A summary of tax relief qualification is below. For more details visit Singapore customs.
To Qualify for GST and Tax relief (Non-resident)
*GST is chargeable at 7%
- Employment pass- (not more than 6 months from date of issue)
- Employment pass- (GST relief must be claimed within 6 months of arrival)
- Acknowledgment letter from the Ministry of Manpower and a letter from employer.
To Qualify for GST and Tax relief (Resident)
- Employment pass- (not more than 6 months from date of issue)
- If all goods are for personal use and owner has resided outside of Singapore for 6 months or more.
- Proof of employment outside of Singapore i.e. work or residency visa or immigration endorsement from origin.
What Can/Can't I Ship to Singapore?
Singapore has some strict rules about what can and cannot be imported. This includes the usual contraband that you might expect, but can also cover consumer goods allowed in some countries but banned in Singapore e.g. chewing gum.
It is therefore important you check the Singapore Border Services Agency website to avoid problems when your goods arrive.
Even for restricted goods inspection fees can apply
Restricted Exports to Singapore where approval maybe required:
- Swords & Knives- (Ornamental appearance, permit required by the Arms, explosive Authority.
- Alcohol- (Import application)
- Video tapes, laser discs, video discs (visual) – subject to screening
Prohibited Exports to Singapore:
- Chewing gum (except approved oral dental and medicated gum by HSA)
- Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products ( e.g. electronic cigarettes, …)
- Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
- Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
- Endangered species of wildlife and their by¬products
- Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software
- Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
- Seditious and treasonable materials
- Drugs and Narcotics
- Medicines (Only if prescription)
- Radio Transmitters
- Pornographic material
- Martial Art Weapons
More information on prohibited and controlled goods is available on the Singapore customs website here.
Delivery to your address in Singapore?
- Once your goods have been released by Singaporean customs we will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery day.
- Once we have received clearance of your goods we will either deliver your sea freight container directly to your new home or it will be delivered in a separate vehicle. This all depends on the type of shipment you are sending. Our unloading crew will place your items in the rooms of your choice and unwrap and remove the packing material from your furniture.
PSS International Shipping Services to Singapore
We offer a full menu of shipping options to Singapore, whether you are sending personal items, furniture, extra boxes, pets or vehicles, our Singapore movers have a solution ready and waiting for you:
Shipping Personal Effects to Singapore from the UK
Shipping personal effects from the UK to Singapore is simple with PSS. We send personal items to Singapore for countless customers each year, from clothing and shoes, makeup and toiletries, to sports equipment, tech, musical instruments and more, your shipping options are limitless.
Shipping Furniture and Household Goods to Singapore
Shipping household goods to Singapore is a PSS speciality. Using our freight services and industry expertise, PSS can ship furniture of any weight, dimensions and any quantities from the UK to destinations across Singapore.
Our team of experienced international packers will ensure your items are carefully export wrapped and packed for their journey.
The best way to get started for our international furniture service is to book a free home or video survey so we can give you an accurate quote.
Shipping Excess Baggage & Unaccompanied Luggage from the UK to Singapore
Using PSS to ship boxes, luggage, suitcases and excess baggage to Singapore cuts out the extortionate charges issued by airline carriers and makes your journey to Singapore more manageable by reducing the amount of luggage you have to carry.
We can supply you with a variety of box sizes or you can use your own bags/suitcases.
Whether you have one box, two suitcases or ten loads of excess baggage, our baggage shipping to Singapore is an ideal service!
Shipping Boxes to Singapore from UK
If you only have small items to ship to Singapore, we recommend our box shipping service. Your boxes will be shipped along with those from other customers in a shared container (Groupage) so you only pay for the space you use.
We can supply a variety of box and carton sizes including packing and wrapping materials such as bubble wrap. We also have custom cartons for bicycles and can provide custom crates for items such as TVs.
Shipping Cars and Vehicles to Singapore
PSS provides a range of shipping options to make car shipping to Singapore feasible – regardless of your vehicle. Whether you want to send a car to Singapore in a container of its own or alongside personal and household items, our Singapore vehicle shipping options make it possible.
In addition to shipping cars we can assist with shipping all kinds of other vehicles to Singapore including motorcycles, bikes, caravans, motorhomes and boats.
For more details or get a quote visit our vehicle shipping page.
Shipping Pets, Dogs and Cats to Singapore
Pet shipping to Singapore can be daunting for any pet owners and pet relocation is a very specialised service. We, therefore, work with trusted partners for transporting animals from UK to Singapore. Whether you want to take your cat or dog to Singapore, you can entrust PSS and our partners to relocate them safely.
Shipping Parcels and Small Packages to Singapore
For small parcels and packages, it is probably best to use Royal Mail, especially for less than 2kg. For larger or multiple boxes you can save by using a personal shipping service like that from PSS.
Shipping Goods and Freight to Singapore
At PSS we specialise in personal shipping services for people moving or relocating to Singapore.
If you wish to ship commercial or non-personal items to Singapore then it is best to contact a freight-forwarder.
Express Air Freight and Fast shipping from UK to Singapore
If you need to ship items to Singapore quickly then we recommend our priority Express Air Freight Service.
This takes about 3 – 10 days and is ideal if you wish to send some boxes or bags of personal belongings to arrive ahead of your household container.
Packing your Items for Shipping to Singapore
PSS provides two packing options, the first being a full professional packing service or, if you prefer, you can self-pack with our “You Pack, We Ship” service.
Professional Packing Service
When you opt for our professional overseas packing service, a specialist team will arrive at your home on the day of your move to pack the required items in sturdy packing materials and moving boxes ready for sending to Singapore. For furniture we offer a full export wrapping service so that they are well protected.
We can also provide custom made wooden crates and antique wrapping for delicate items.
Our packing teams create an inventory to ensure customs is aware of what you are shipping to Singapore.
If you are only sending a small number of items in boxes or suitcases, you can opt to self-pack your belongings in the comfort of your own home. This “You Pack, We Ship” is an increasingly popular option.
We understand the importance of the safe handling and delivery of your goods to Singapore, so we can still provide all moving boxes, tea cartons and packing materials such as bubble wrap when you self-pack.
Once you are ready, we’ll pick up your boxes and deliver them to your new home.
Where in Singapore do you ship to?
We do door to door shipping to all cities and regions in Singapore including:
- Central Region,
- North Region,
- North-East Region,
- East Region
- West Region
We also ship to Malaysia and other neighbouring countries in South East Asia.