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Importing DVDs

Post by captain moonlight » Sun, 20 Dec 2009 10:46 pm

I'll be moving to Singapore from Mainland China in February and was wondering if anyone had any experience bringing in their DVDs. No porno or anything but some horror movies and war movies. What really constitutes as too violent?
Has anyone relocated from China to Singapore before? China is unfortunately known for fake DVDs; would DVDs shipped from China be more heavily scrutinized?
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Post by Pepijn » Mon, 21 Dec 2009 1:34 am

As far as I understand, you will have to provide a complete list with tittles. The Media Development Authority will go through the list to see if certain titles are either banned in Singapore, or if they have been cut for release. In the latter case they will verify if your versions have been cut or not.

The cost of these viewings will be charged to you.

Check http://www.mda.gov.sg/wms.www/resources_film.aspx for the database with the ratings etc.

This database made me leave my collection behind, because most movies I have are either banned or cut, and I own the uncut versions. Amusing thing is, a lot of the banned or cut movies on that list I have seen for sale in Singapore, but I didn't want to risk the import myself.

Good luck.

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Post by captain moonlight » Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:06 pm

Thanks for the reply.
The only form I received from the shipping company in regards to dvds is one asking about quantities and which categories they fall under. The categories are quite unusual though: ballet, sports, cartoons, etc.. I haven't received anything resembling a list I would have to fill out.
I have around 200 dvds though; is it really necessary to pay for someone to view each one to make sure it's fit for personal viewing? If that's the case I'll leave everything here... :???:

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Post by sillingw » Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:52 am

My information may be out of date as I brought in my DVD's (maybe 300) some 4 years ago, I did provide a complete list of titles, and the box was opened and the DVD's checked - randomely it appears - I know this as some dvd's were put back in the incorrect cases. My perception was that they were checking the titles that I had given against the actual - I did not pay any fees. I will add that I did not bring any pirated DVD's however I did have inadvertantly - some that could be construed as slightly illegal - I did not check the details - but they seemed to cause no problem.

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