Bringing in unfinished animal products

All unfinished animal products brought into Singapore must satisfy the permit requirements listed in the table below.
Type of unfinished animal product  Required documents 
Non-CITES listed
  • Supporting documents (refer to section below).
  • Cargo clearance permit from TradeNet.
  • Supporting documents (refer to section below).
  • Cargo clearance permit from TradeNet.
  • CITES import permit issued by NParks.
  • CITES export or re-export permit issued by the exporting country.
To find out which animal species are listed by CITES, refer to the CITES appendices

Obtain supporting documents

The supporting documents needed to bring in unfinished animal products include treatment certificates, sanitary certificates, and export health certificates. These certificates must contain the following details:
  • Species of animal (scientific and common names).
  • Description of item.
  • Country of origin.
  • Treatment process.
  • Certification that the item was derived from clinically healthy animals (if applicable). 

Apply for cargo clearance permit

Each consignment must be accompanied by a cargo clearance permit for import clearance at the port of entry. This permit serves as an AVS-issued import permit.
You can obtain this permit by making an inward declaration via TradeNet.

Apply for CITES permits

Step Description 
Step 1:

Obtain a CITES export or re-export permit from the exporting country’s relevant authority.

Step 2:

Apply for and obtain a CITES import permit from NParks via GoBusiness Licensing Portal.

This CITES import permit is valid for 90 days only.

Step 3:
A S$12 CITES permit fee is payable per species. This fee is subject to a minimum of S$60 per consignment. 

Make appointment for border control inspection

If applicable, make an appointment for inspection of your animal product at the border control checkpoints by submitting a request via our inspection and laboratory e-services website.

Contact the Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine Station (CAPQ) five days before departure of the consignment to notify them of the planned departure date.