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Importing Shisha in Singapore

Postby adri1p » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:45 am

Hello,

3 questions:

- Is it possible to bring in my luggage in Singapore a Hookah (waterpipe) and the tobacco (shisha) without having to declare it since it is for a personal use?

- also would you have any good address to buy all these items in Sg? The places I have seen so far are quite expensive (that s why I am thinking about buying everything abroad)

- if I order online the Tobacco, could I have problems or it will arrive in my mailbox normally?

Thks for your answers!
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Re: Importing Shisha in Singapore

Postby ecureilx » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:59 am

adri1p wrote:Hello,

3 questions:

- Is it possible to bring in my luggage in Singapore a Hookah (waterpipe) and the tobacco (shisha) without having to declare it since it is for a personal use?

- also would you have any good address to buy all these items in Sg? The places I have seen so far are quite expensive (that s why I am thinking about buying everything abroad)

- if I order online the Tobacco, could I have problems or it will arrive in my mailbox normally?

Thks for your answers!


Dunno about the first two questions, but for the third .. NO WAY JOSE

YOU WILL END UP IN JAIL, or Fined, if you ship tobacco without a permit / license / duty unpaid.

Same goes for tobacco brought in for 'personal use' .. in Singapore, you can't pull the 'for personal consumption .. ' like you could do in other countries, where such pleading is allowed for even drugs.

Not in Singapore .. NOT IN SINGAPORE. No means NO !!!!!!!!!
Last edited by ecureilx on Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Importing Shisha in Singapore

Postby ksl » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:01 pm

adri1p wrote:Hello,

3 questions:

- Is it possible to bring in my luggage in Singapore a Hookah (waterpipe) and the tobacco (shisha) without having to declare it since it is for a personal use?

- also would you have any good address to buy all these items in Sg? The places I have seen so far are quite expensive (that s why I am thinking about buying everything abroad)

- if I order online the Tobacco, could I have problems or it will arrive in my mailbox normally?

Thks for your answers!
You are not allowed to import the tobacco without prior permission and licence, individuals will have to declare the product and pay the duty for self use, which is very high and not feasible! In fact you are better off buying both here in Singapore, there is a shop in Arab street that use them, maybe they sell them too!

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Importing Shisha in Singapore

Postby adri1p » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:06 pm

Hi,

Thanks for your reply

I went to Arab street, and the Hookah costs around 200 SGD, I did not ask for the tobacco but friends told me it is quite expensive compare to what you can get in Malaysia. But if understand well, there is no way to import the tobacco without paying huge taxes or ending up in jail.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:10 pm

Bringing a hooka is no problem, my daughter brought in one a while back on her return from Africa via Dubai. But the tobacco, no way.

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Postby adri1p » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:13 pm

Thks for your reply,

then do you know where she buys her tobacco and for what price? it would be great information so I can compare prices we can get in SG

Thanks a lot
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Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:48 pm

I understand that there is no duty free allowance for tobacco in SG, but I also never see anyone declaring stuff at the red channel at Changi either.

That seems like a mismatch :???:

edit to add:
Surely there is some facility for declaring tobacco on arrival? They can't jail all of those who have it and inadvertently fail to declare it

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 1:46 pm

JR8 wrote:I understand that there is no duty free allowance for tobacco in SG, but I also never see anyone declaring stuff at the red channel at Changi either.

That seems like a mismatch :???:

edit to add:
Surely there is some facility for declaring tobacco on arrival? They can't jail all of those who have it and inadvertently fail to declare it


Failing to declare and getting caught warrants a fine or warning .. so far, no cases of jail term has been reported.

But importing via courier/shipper is a sure way to get fined ..

Well, not getting caught ? I been caught a few times, and with a stern warning, the cigarettes were confiscated ... and I am talking of Single packs ..

Of course a lot of my friends have flown in with cartons of cigarettes, which they bought at the point of departure .. and no sir, I am not gonna get caught smoking a DUTY UNPAID cigarette and end up with a 1,000 $ fine for EACH STICK of smoke ..

Ah, did you ever see any duty free shop selling cigarettes after the immigration ? NONE- NEVER

Or try to buy a carton upon arrival before the immigration, and if you are arriving here, the shop will refuse to sell.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 1:53 pm

ecureilx wrote:
Failing to declare and getting caught warrants a fine or warning .. so far, no cases of jail term has been reported.

But importing via courier/shipper is a sure way to get fined ..

Well, not getting caught ? I been caught a few times, and with a stern warning, the cigarettes were confiscated ... and I am talking of Single packs ..

Of course a lot of my friends have flown in with cartons of cigarettes, which they bought at the point of departure .. and no sir, I am not gonna get caught smoking a DUTY UNPAID cigarette and end up with a 1,000 $ fine for EACH STICK of smoke ..

Ah, did you ever see any duty free shop selling cigarettes after the immigration ? NONE- NEVER

Or try to buy a carton upon arrival before the immigration, and if you are arriving here, the shop will refuse to sell.



Alright calm down dear :)

So, the OP could bring in his own shisha. He could also bring in some tobacco (maybe the same weight as one is generally allowed for hand rolling tobacco?), and declare the latter at customs, and pay the duty etc.

End of the day he wants a pipe and tobacco, so might that work?

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 2:08 pm

JR8 wrote:Alright calm down dear :)


Ooops I missed all the smileys .. :D :D

So, the OP could bring in his own shisha. He could also bring in some tobacco (maybe the same weight as one is generally allowed for hand rolling tobacco?), and declare the latter at customs, and pay the duty etc.

End of the day he wants a pipe and tobacco, so might that work?


From what I know - still NO CAN DO ..

That piece of info could be hidden somewhere .. here ..

http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trad/ ... oducts.htm

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 6:23 pm

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'Duty-free Concession and GST Relief

There is NO duty-free concession and GST relief for cigarettes and other tobacco products in Singapore.

You have to pay taxes in order to bring in all cigarettes and other tobacco products, including those purchased in Singapore or SDPC-marked.
http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/ ... Relief.htm
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And here it tells you the clearance procedure. Specifically details shisha tobacco as something that is dutiable, and states that you can import up to 400 grams.
http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/ ... cedure.htm



So he can
a) bring in his pipe
b) bring in up to 400 grams of tobacco and declare it on arrival.

Problem solved I think

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Postby Travailes » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:23 pm

adri1p wrote:Hi,

Thanks for your reply

I went to Arab street, and the Hookah costs around 200 SGD, I did not ask for the tobacco but friends told me it is quite expensive compare to what you can get in Malaysia. But if understand well, there is no way to import the tobacco without paying huge taxes or ending up in jail.


I am reliable told that Hookers around Geylang are considerable less !!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 24 Nov 2011 5:43 am

Folks regularly getting slapped down by customs at Tanah Merah for bringing in cigarettes and booze. Day trips are just too obvious and I've seen a single pack send the offender to the customs office..

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Postby ksl » Thu, 24 Nov 2011 8:15 pm

SOEX (Flavoured herbal molasses) to replace tobacco! 40 different Fresh and juicy flavours. Arabian Nights foil sheets are used to cover the ceramic bowls/chillums with burning charcoal on top and molasses inside to preserve aroma and resist heat.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Nov 2011 8:17 pm

ksl wrote:SOEX (Flavoured herbal molasses) to replace tobacco! 40 different Fresh and juicy flavours. Arabian Nights foil sheets are used to cover the ceramic bowls/chillums with burning charcoal on top and molasses inside to preserve aroma and resist heat.


One of your product line issit ? :P


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