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Post by scottaz2003 » Wed, 06 Jun 2012 5:49 am

To clarify for ecureilx, here is St. Louis, Missouri. I can get a bottle of Jack for about $12 USD, and some of my better bourbons for around $20-40, depending on brand.

I'm straining to recall, but is there a declaration area on the form handed to you by the airlines or do i need to grab one somewhere else? I know I've seen it when returning to the US but never when arriving in Singapore.

I'm not shipping any household goods in, so this is my only option to bring some with me. The selection of whiskey and especially bourbon, from what I've seen, is not that great.

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Post by alexandershepherd » Wed, 07 Aug 2013 6:38 pm

kofi wrote:Hi guys,

I am a new to the forum and even though I have done quite a bit of research on the topic I would like to doublecheck something with you all..

Assuming that I am importing 75ml of vodka (35% alchohol content) with my shipment ..from what I saw I have to pay 70SGD per L of alcohol..that is 70*0.75ML*35% = 18.375 SGD .. The cost of a Smirnoff bottle of 75ml is 68.5 SGD in cold storage . This means that if I buy my vodka bottles for anything less than 50 SGD (very feasible in Europe) I am better off importing them rather than buying locally.

Now, if the above scenario is correct why doesn't everybody does that? I am missing something ? Are my assumptions correct?
Kofi

Did you manage to inport your shipment into Singapore? I am currently moving from Dubai to Singapore and I put a load of alcohol in my container because I'd already paid a lot of it in Dubai.

I have prepared all the paperwork and calculations for the GST. However, the AVA is not claiming that I have to get a separate customs permit for each "country of origin" (i.e. one of French wine, one of NZ, one of Russian vodka, one of irish guiness etc). If I have to get 13 import permits at SGD 100 each it will cost more than the alcohol is worth!!

Any thoughts?

Alex

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 07 Aug 2013 8:02 pm

Become a teetotaler? Just a thought. :-|
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Post by scarbowl » Thu, 08 Aug 2013 8:58 am

scottaz2003 wrote:To clarify for ecureilx, here is St. Louis, Missouri. I can get a bottle of Jack for about $12 USD, and some of my better bourbons for around $20-40, depending on brand.

I'm straining to recall, but is there a declaration area on the form handed to you by the airlines or do i need to grab one somewhere else? I know I've seen it when returning to the US but never when arriving in Singapore.

I'm not shipping any household goods in, so this is my only option to bring some with me. The selection of whiskey and especially bourbon, from what I've seen, is not that great.
I suppose having plenty of good liquor around is more important for some than others. Unless you drink a lot, then the higher price here isn't likely to make much of a dent in your budget. And buying locally or at Duty Free upon entry is a lot easier than what will happen if you get caught by Customs. And perhaps less expensive as well. Why take the risk for a few bucks?

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