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DVDs and Wine in shipment

Post by carolynW » Mon, 03 Nov 2008 1:59 am

I have lived in Singapore before 1996 to 2003 and vaguely remember that DVDs (and videos) will be viewed by some Singaporean authority (for porn?) and they charge hourly or daily rate to do so? What do I do with all my kids cartoons?

Wine has an import duty of how much now? when you declare do you show the receipts?

We are moving from Johannesburg so any SA's who want biltong, rooibos, and if the wine duties are not ridiculous, hamilton russels... let me know. We'll land in Spore end of feb.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Nov 2008 9:45 am

Have a read of these sites regarding your DVD's & Wine:

http://www.mda.gov.sg/wms.www/index_nonflash.aspx

http://www.customs.gov.sg/topNav/hom/

Additionally, there is this little shop owned & operated by another SA here that you may find useful after your arrival:

The Springbok Bazaar

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Mon, 03 Nov 2008 1:46 pm

Carolyn - with us, our shipping company paid the duty on our wine, then gave us an invoice for same. We went to the effort to declare everything so it cost us a small fortune, but it's better than the alternative! HTH, Mr. P

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Post by carolynW » Mon, 03 Nov 2008 6:39 pm

Thanks! great a bokkie shop. No need to carry tonnes of rooibos.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Nov 2008 10:37 pm

I'm not a bokkie myself but I have "Freshpack" rooibos EVERY day for lunch. Tis a great brew. It's expensive here and you can sometimes find it in Cold Storage but only in 40's whereas for a bit more Sprinkbok is selling 80's. But I'd still bring in a box or two if you are shipping anything. Also, if you are into provita's you might bring in a couple of packages as he sells them for over $4 a pack. There is another brand I was told about that are supposed to be good but he isn't carrying them I don't think although I haven't been in there for a while now. I know a bunch of the guys working at SAfrican Airways here as my neice works for them.
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Post by carolynW » Tue, 04 Nov 2008 1:36 am

The coffee places here have started making something called Redcino or Redcappucino which is basically Rooibos (red leaf tea with no caffeine and high levels of antioxidants tho they will stain your teeth over time) cappucino, which is great! Any of the local teh tariks are going to send my heart into heart attack mode after the caffeine detox I have had here.

So for wines what are the import duties? 100% on price of wine? prices of wine are cheap here and very good quality.

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Post by ProvenPracticalFlexible » Wed, 05 Nov 2008 3:24 pm

carolynW wrote: So for wines what are the import duties? 100% on price of wine? prices of wine are cheap here and very good quality.

The excise duty is S$70.00 per litre of alcohol. So it depends on what kind of wine you are planning to bring in, some German light white wine with 8% of alcohol will cost less than a southern hemisphere reds with 15%. I assume you are more likely to bring in South African wines, so for a sake of example:
A bottle of red wine with 14% alcohol in it, will cost you in excise duties:
0.75 l x 0.14 x 70 S$/l = S$7.35

Then you will have to pay the 7% GST on top of that, so if I assume you bought your wine for S$10 back in SA, that would make it :
(S$ 10 + S$7.35) x 0.07 = S$1.21

All together at the customs you would have to pay for each bottle
S$7.35 + S$1.21 = S$ 8.56.

All the information needed to calculate the duties for any alcohol is behind the link SMS posted earlier.

I actually nowadays use the above mentioned springbok place to buy my basic wines, their prices are starting from S$17 a bottle if you buy a case, which is very decent by Singapore standards. Still ok stuff compared to the cheapest table wines available at Carrefour for the same price.

Only things I’ve bothered to import and pay duties are cigars and some small brand champagne, that I cannot find outside France. But if you can bring it with you with no extra cost, why not.

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Post by sillingw » Thu, 06 Nov 2008 12:44 pm

We moved here from the US just over 3 years ago, brought 6 cases of wine and some 300 DVD's - The Moving Company asked me for an inventory of the wine and I did get a bill, but it was worth it, basically the import duty is similar for a bottle of high end or a bottle of cheap glug so if you are going to bring, make sure it's not cheap stuff. My DVD's were packed into separate boxes and labelled as DVD's, they were opened and checked - I know this because some were put back in the wrong cases, but I was not charged for this, it was just a customs inspection, I was surprised that I was not asked for a detailed list for cross checking, but that was my experience - I'm not sure if the process or the rules have been changed in the interim though

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Post by boffenl » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 3:47 pm

We also brought over 300 DVDs in our shipment in April 2007 from the US. We didn't list each one, but did mark the outside of the boxs. They were not opened nor were we charged a fee for the screening. I routinely bring back DVD's from the US and have never had an issue at customs coming in. Good luck! I'd suggest you bring your collection as we've found prices here crazy to entertain ourselves outside the apartment.

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Post by Saint » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 5:29 pm

Our shipment is due next week (finally but that's another saga!) and Mrs S has been talking with the agent this end. When we told them we had quite a few DVDs and do you need a list they said no need.

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Re: DVDs and Wine in shipment

Post by Zeenit » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 6:09 pm

carolynW wrote:I have lived in Singapore before 1996 to 2003 and vaguely remember that DVDs (and videos) will be viewed by some Singaporean authority (for porn?) and they charge hourly or daily rate to do so? What do I do with all my kids cartoons?

Wine has an import duty of how much now? when you declare do you show the receipts?

We are moving from Johannesburg so any SA's who want biltong, rooibos, and if the wine duties are not ridiculous, hamilton russels... let me know. We'll land in Spore end of feb.
Hi from another SA, bring your own biltong as the ones here is very dry. So most SAs' when they home on a visit stock up.
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