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Can I bring my cleaning products?

Post by feebee » Sat, 28 Aug 2010 9:36 pm

When Crown (our movers) came to assess the household items for moving, I was told that it was no problem to bring all our cleaning products, so I stocked up on washing powder, dishwasher liquid, cleaners etc.

Looking at their information pack, it now says that we can not bring most of this stuff with our shipping as is deemed hazardous .

Has anyone had any experience of bringing these sorts of things into Singapore with their possessions, or had any problems??


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Post by BigSis » Sun, 29 Aug 2010 5:14 pm

they sell all that here!

Look at the customs and immigration website to find out. You can bring in quite a lot of things that you can't in some other countries (such as meat, veg etc) so it may be that you can bring in cleaning products. It's not as if we're a bleach free society so I don't know why they wouldn't want them bringing in unless they are perhaps an item that has been banned here for some reason.

It could be that it is really the moving company which don't want them packing in case they leak and cause your boxes to split or something.

But check the customs info and you should be able to find out for sure. If it says nothing, then I'd probably just quietly pack them without the movers seeing (making sure they're all sealed nice and tightly!) :wink:

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Post by maneo » Sun, 29 Aug 2010 6:26 pm

Official printed documents must be conservative about what is allowed.
What moving personnel (such as estimators) may tell you would be practical, but unofficial.

What specifically are you trying to bring in?

Many cleaning chemicals contain what are considered to be hazardous materials.
For example, Brasso contains IPA, so is considered flammable for transportation purposes, and may not be allowed.
Specific hazards for each particular product, if any, can be found on-line in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Restrictions would likely be due to transportation regulations (e.g. DOT).
However, materials shipped in limited quantities may be exempt from many of DOT's regulations.
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Post by QRM » Sun, 29 Aug 2010 7:07 pm

We brought some over, more by accident Crown blitzed through our kitchen and they were packed, to be honest the liquids I would leave behind, a couple of ours leaked.

One thing you cant get hold out here are those 3 in1 dishwashing tabs, you can get 2 in 1 here though. Unless you really want those exotics ones, like seventh heaven, eco stuff, they are expensive here!!.

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