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Personal traveller’s allowance

Travellers do not require an AVS-issued import permit to import pet food for their pet’s consumption. However, the amounts must not exceed our allowance limits.
The allowance limits are: 
  • Dry pet food – 20 kg per person.
  • Wet pet food – five kg per person.
These limits apply to both hand-carried baggage and parcel post items.
The types of pet food allowed to be hand-carried into Singapore include dog, cat, small mammal, bird, and fish feed from all countries, regardless of the products’ meat content.

Amounts above the allowance limit

Pet food in amounts exceeding the allowance limits stated above will not be allowed into Singapore. The excess will be detained and disposed of, or sent for return shipment without crossing customs.
However, bringing in amounts of pet food above the allowance limits is possible provided the food comes from AVS-approved sources or countries, and travellers have obtained a cargo clearance permit for the pet food prior to import. Currently, the AVS-approved countries are Australia, Canada*, New Zealand and United Kingdom*. 
*Import of feed containing beef from Canada and United Kingdom is currently suspended because of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Pet food from unapproved sources above the allowance limits is strictly not allowed.  
You can follow the steps below to obtain a cargo clearance permit for the pet food you are bringing into Singapore.
Step  Description 
Step 1:  Log in to TradeNet and declare the items intended for import under the appropriate HS and product codes.
If you do not have a TradeNet account, you can appoint an agent to make the declaration on your behalf.
Step 2:  Upload the necessary supporting documents to your declaration. These documents include a health certificate, a manufacturer's declaration, an ingredients list, invoices, a bill of lading, or an airway bill.
Your TradeNet declaration will be routed to us for processing.


All permit applications must be submitted via TradeNet before 5.30 pm on Mondays to Thursdays, and before 5 pm on Fridays. This enables same-day processing. Applications made on Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays will be processed the next working day.


Step 3:

Pay the S$22 permit fee (if applicable) via GIRO. Applicants must have a GIRO account with us to pay this fee.

You can check the status of your declaration via TradeNet.

Step 4:

Print the cargo clearance permit.