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New Singapore Customs mobile app eases payment of duty, GST for overseas purchases

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 15, 2016
Called Customs@SG, the app allows travelers to make an advance declaration and payment before they arrive in Singapore.

Picture credits to Singapore Customs

Singapore Customs recently announced the launch of its new mobile app called Customs@SG that allows travelers to declare and pay the duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) for their overseas purchases before they arrive at the checkpoint in Singapore.

Previously, travelers with goods purchased overseas that exceed their duty-free allowance or GST relief would have to declare and pay the GST for their goods at the Customs Tax Payment Office or a Self Service Tax Payment Kiosk at the arrival hall of the checkpoint in Singapore.

Once the payment has been on the app, it will churn an e-receipt that can be saved in the traveler's mobile phone. Upon arrival at the checkpoint in Singapore, the traveler can proceed to exit the checkpoint through the Customs Green Channel. Should he/she be stopped for checks at the channel, the traveler can simply flash the e-receipt as proof of tax payment to the inspecting officer.

Besides duty and tax declaration and payment, the app also has other useful features such as a Tip-Off module, which allows members of the public to provide tip-off on suspected illegal cigarette peddling activities. There is also a Feedback module for the public to provide feedback or send queries to Singapore Customs.

Customs@SG is now available for free download from both Apple Store and Google Play.


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