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Non-prescribed goods

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General conditions

1. General conditions for edible non-prescribed goods

1.1. Prohibited

The Department is not aware of any prohibited edible non-prescribed products.

1.2. Conditions

Compliance with domestic requirements. Edible non-prescribed goods usually do not require a certificate for this market. The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) requires an import permit for all food and food products brought into Singapore, regardless of the mode of transport (for example, by air, land, sea or parcel post).

For detailed information about importing commercial food into Singapore, please refer to the SFA website.

1.3. Other requirements

Under Clause 10A of Singapore’s Sale of Food Act, where changes are required to be made to the expiry date for food products (for example, following a change in trade description) a new label must be applied. Changes to product expiry dates must not occur by altering existing labels.

2. General conditions for inedible non-prescribed goods

2.1. Prohibited

The department is not aware of any prohibited inedible non-prescribed goods, including inedible apiculture products for this market.

2.2. Conditions

Compliance with relevant Australian domestic requirements. Non-prescribed inedible goods usually do not require a certificate.

Specific goods

Edible apiculture products

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Import permit

For detailed information about importing commercial food into Singapore, please refer to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) website.

SFA classifies edible apiculture products as processed food. Exports of edible apiculture products require an import permit and must use Singapore's TradeNet system. Exporters should liaise with their importer or agent as some of the border clearance processes will be completed by the importer.

All commercial food imports that enter Singapore must come from accredited food establishments in approved countries. Processed food products, including edible apiculture products need to be manufactured in an establishment which:

  • is under proper supervision of the food authority of the exporting country or region
    or
  • has a quality assurance program acceptable to SFA.

Australian exporters of edible apiculture products are required to maintain and produce documentary proof of compliance with the above when requested by SFA officers. The following are examples of regulated source/types of documents which SFA accepts as documentary proof:

  • Certificate of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point)
  • Certificate of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
1.2 Listing and audit
Listing and audit procedure Required?
AuditNot required
Listing – Department's Establishment Register (ER) Not required
1.3 Prohibited products

The Department is not aware of any prohibited edible apiculture products for this market.

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

Government certification for edible apiculture products is not required for this market.

2.2 Supporting documents and exporter declarations

The Department is not aware of any requirement for supporting documents and exporter declarations.

3. Other requirements

For detailed information about importing commercial food into Singapore, please refer to the SFA website.

All pre-packed food products (including imported edible apiculture products) for sale in Singapore must be labelled according to the Labelling Guidelines for Food Importers and Manufacturers.

Under Clause 10A of Singapore’s Sale of Food Act, where changes are required to be made to the expiry date for food products (for example, following a change in trade description) a new label must be applied. Changes to product expiry dates must not occur by altering existing labels.

All food consignments (including edible apiculture products) are subject to inspection. Some samples may also be taken by SFA for laboratory analysis. In some cases, consignments may be placed on "hold and test", that is, your consignment cannot be sold or distributed until the laboratory results have been released and the sample found compliant with Singapore food laws. For detailed information please see the SFA website.

4. Exemptions granted by the importing country

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by Singapore. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or the government authority of Singapore.

Bottled water

Singapore Food Agency (SFA) does not require consignments of bottled water from Australia to be accompanied by an export health certificate issued by the department. However, the following specific documentation is required to be submitted to SFA (by the importer in Singapore prior to importation).

Mineral water (including spring water and mountain spring water)

  1. The original copy of the authentication certificate issued by the relevant controlling authority of the country of origin to certify that the mineral water is genuine.
  2. The certificate should indicate the brand name, type of water, packing size/ type, name and address of manufacturer.
  3. A site plan showing the water source.

For drinking water (including distilled water, drinking water, mineralised water and reverse osmosis water etc)

  1. A copy of the licence of the factory where the water was processed and packaged.

All documents are to be submitted to SFA by the importer for every new brand of packaged mineral and drinking water imported by the importer before commencement of import (one-time submission).

Certificate of analysis

SFA also requires the presentation of a Certificate of Analysis issued by an accredited laboratory. Each export consignment has to be accompanied by an updated test (Certificate of Analysis). The test needs to be conducted on the same batch of product that the exporter is exporting. So the exporter needs to re-test their product with each consignment.

The certificate (with every consignment) needs to reflect the results of the test parameters specified by SFA. Test parameters can be found on the SFA website.

Product labelling

Packaged drinking water must be properly labelled with the name of the product, the country of origin and the name and address of the importer in Singapore.

Packaged mineral drinking water must be properly labelled with the name of the product, the country of origin, the name and address of the importer in Singapore, name and location of the source of water and the analytical composition giving characteristics to the natural mineral water.

In addition, natural mineral water that contains more than 1ppm of fluoride will be required to be labelled with the words "contains fluoride" as part of, or in close proximity to the name of the product, or in an otherwise prominent position. Where the natural mineral water contains more than 1.5ppm of fluoride, the label must contain the following statement in addition to the words "contains fluoride":

"The product is not suitable for infants and children under the age of seven years".

Latest updates

19/03/2021 - Updated requirement for changes to label.
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Last updated: 28/09/2022 5:19 PMCreated: 17/08/2020 9:32 AM