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Restricted products

Please take note that we follow strictly to this list of items that cannot be imported into Singapore and exported out from the destination countries as indicated below.

Please check this list often for any updates to prevent any delay in your packages. Click on the tabs below to view the unauthorized items for each country.

Prohibited items for import into Singapore

The following commodities are not acceptable for transport by vPost under any circumstances.

  • Adhesive products (glue, silicone)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Alcohol products and beverages
  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers (e.g. perfumes, cologne, toners, etc)
  • Animals
  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Any food, supplement, drug or cosmetic that has been issued a Consumer Safety Advisory Warning by Authority (HSA or etc)
  • Any unidentifiable material, substance or chemical.
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Any product that can be used in military, chemical or biological weapons, missile technology, or nuclear proliferation (e.g. handcuffs, leg cuffs, ankle cuffs, police-type batons, spraying and fogging systems) 
  • Articles, publications of a pornographic or obscene nature
  • Art Works
  • Asbestos 
  • Battery fluids
  • Bleach
  • Bullion
  • Chewing gum
  • Chewing tobacco, shisha tobacco and imitation tobacco products  (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Cigarette lighters in shapes of pistols or revolvers 
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances 
  • Counterfeit/replica goods
  • Currency
  • Diamonds
  • Drone
  • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller (Used items shipped without manufacturer’s packaging do not comply and are illegal to ship)
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
  • Essential oils & diffuser oils, fragrance oil and perfume oil
  • Explosives, poisons, radioactive material, compressed gas, corrosive, firearms, flammables and any item which by its nature can potentially cause damage to other items or expose regulatory and customs officers to injury.
  • Fertilizers
  • Firecrackers & fireworks 
  • Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
  • Fishes and fishery products (including fin fish, crustaceans and molluscs)
  • Fuels
  • Furs
  • Gasoline
  • Gas torches
  • Gold & Silver
  • Hair mousse
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Human remains, including ashes
  • Imitation arms including toy guns, toy pistols, hand grenades
  • Ink cartridges
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Items that require temperature-control
  • Items that are not labeled in English (Dietary supplements/ Cosmetics/ Food)
  • Jewelry, precious metals and stones
  • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers
  • Lighters with or without fuel/fluids
  • Magnetic material
  • Make-up/ beauty products/cosmetics that containing alcohol, or any Dangerous goods/hazardous materials that require special handling, additional packaging and labeling to be transported internationally.
  • Meat or animal extracts
  • Medical samples (e.g. biological/diagnostic specimens, blood, urine, bodily fluids, etc.)
  • Motor vehicles (including but not limited to, personal mobility devices, such as Hoverboard, Electric Scooter, Segway, Unicycle and power assisted bicycle)
  • Nail polish & nail polish removers
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Narcotics (illegal)
  • Nicotine
  • Night Vision / Infra-Red Goggles and Binoculars
  • Paint thinners & removers
  • Petroleum products
  • Pets
  • Prescription drugs
  • Perishable foods (e.g., cheese, yoghurt, eggs)
  • Processed egg
  • Processed foods more than 5kg and above SGD100 (food products that are not classified as meat, seafood or fresh fruits and vegetables)
  • Publications and audio materials (books, films, video tapes, discs) that are banned/controlled in Singapore by the MDA (please refer to MDA's Media Classification database to determine whether a product is banned)
  • Radioactive material & waste
  • Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, digital video discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
  • Sanitizers
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Seeds / live plant
  • Shaving creams, after shaves, shaving gels
  • Sharp knives (eg: hunting knives and swords)
  • Sprays (e.g. hairsprays, fragrance sprays, body sprays)
  • Supplements claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent animal diseases (HSA website)
  • Tobacco products
  • Treatments containing alcohol (e.g. Rogaine)
  • Turpentine
  • Unlicensed drugs
  • Weed killers

For more information on HSA Press Release, you may go to HSA website.
For more information on AVA Press Release, you may go to AVA website.
For more information concerning dangerous and prohibited goods, you may go to Singapore Post website.

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Prohibited items for export from US

  • Alcohol products and beverages (Item(s) would be discard at Origin and unable to process for returns or redirect to another address)
  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
  • All tobacco products, including but not limited to Cigars, E-Cigars, E-Liquids, etc.
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Any type of standalone batteries 
  • Any additional battery/batteries that is packed in the same package but separated from the device
  • Audio Speakers
  • Counterfeit goods 
  • Diamonds 
  • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller (Used items shipped without manufacturer’s packaging do not comply and are illegal to ship)
  • Engine oils / essential oils 
  • Firearms (or parts thereof) 
  • Flammable and toxic content products (e.g. products with Minoxidil, zinc oxide, Rosemary Oil and etc.)
  • Foods 
  • Fuels, gasoline and gas torches 
  • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Infectious substances 
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers
  • Lighters with or without fuel/fluids
  • Magnets
  • Make-up/ beauty products/cosmetics that containing alcohol, or any Dangerous goods/hazardous materials that require special handling, additional packaging and labeling to be transported internationally.
  • Meat or animal extracts
  • Motor vehicles
  • Munitions of war 
  • Nail polish and nail polish removers 
  • Narcotic drugs 
  • Paper currency, coins, credit cards and cheques 
  • Perfumes, colognes, eau de toilette and fragrance sprays 
  • Perfume samples (Item(s) would be discard at Origin and unable to process for returns or redirect to another address)
  • Petroleum products
  • Pornographic materials 
  • Precious metals and Gemstones 
  • Radioactive materials 
  • Seeds / live plant
  • Sprays, aerosol cans and compressed gas cylinders 
  • Tobacco products
  • Turpentine and paint thinner 
  • Weapons (swords / knives / guns, etc).

This list may be updated from time to time. Please contact the U.S. & European Customs for any enquiry.
For more information concerning dangerous and prohibited goods, you may go to Singapore Post website.

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Prohibited items for export from Europe

  • Alcohol products and beverages
  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
  • All tobacco products, including but not limited to Cigars, E-Cigars, E-Liquids, etc.
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Any type of standalone batteries
  • Any additional battery/batteries that is packed in the same package but separated from the device
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Diamonds
  • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller (Used items shipped without manufacturer’s packaging do not comply and are illegal to ship)
  • Engine oils / essential oils
  • Firearms (or parts thereof)
  • Flammable and toxic content products (e.g. products with Minoxidil, zinc oxide, Rosemary Oil and etc.)
  • Fuels, gasoline and gas torches
  • Foods
  • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Infectious substances
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Items containing lithium ion batteries Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers
  • Lighters with or without fuel/fluids
  • Magnets
  • Meat or animal extracts
  • Motor vehicles
  • Munitions of war
  • Nail polish and nail polish removers
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Paper currency, coins, credit cards and cheques Perfumes, colognes, eau de toilette and fragrance sprays
  • Petroleum products
  • Pornographic materials
  • Precious metals and Gemstones
  • Radioactive materials
  • Seeds / live plant
  • Sprays, aerosol cans and compressed gas cylinders
  • Tobacco products
  • Turpentine and paint thinner
  • Weapons (swords / knives / guns, etc).

This list may be updated from time to time. Please contact the U.S. & European Customs for any enquiry.

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Prohibited items for export from Japan

  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
  • All tobacco products, including but not limited to Cigars, E-Cigars, E-Liquids, etc.
  • Animals and plants 
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Any food, supplement, drug or cosmetic that has been issued a Consumer Safety Advisory Warning by Authority (HSA or etc)
  • Any unidentifiable material, substance or chemical.
  • Any type of standalone batteries 
  • Beef extract 
  • Chemicals and drugs 
  • Coins and bills 
  • Dangerous goods classified by Japanese local regulation or IATA Dangerous Regulations including any materials with dry ice
  • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller (Used items shipped without manufacturer’s packaging do not comply and are illegal to ship)
  • Essential oils, diffuser oils, fragrance oil and perfume oil
  • Flammable items such as perfume / nail polish
  • Foods 
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Items that are not labeled in English (Dietary supplements/ Cosmetics/ Food)
  • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Items restricted by the Washington Treaty, ie. ivory 
  • Items that contains Aloe, squalene, sharks’ extract or coral (eg: certain types of cosmetics or lip balm) 
  • Items that require temperature control 
  • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers
  • Make-up/ beauty products/cosmetics that containing alcohol, or any Dangerous goods/hazardous materials that require special handling, additional packaging and labeling to be transported internationally.
  • Meat or animal extracts 
  • Motor vehicles
  • Paper currency, coins, credit cards, cheques and stamps
  • Petroleum products
  • Precious stones and metal 
  • Restricted or controlled items by the Japanese Government
  • Seeds / live plant
  • Tobacco products
  • Weapons such as guns, swords and knives 

This list may be updated from time to time. Please contact the Japanese Customs for any enquiry.

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Prohibited items for export from China

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
  • All tobacco products, including but not limited to Cigars, E-Cigars, E-Liquids, etc.
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Any type of standalone batteries
  • Any food, supplement, drug or cosmetic that has been issued a Consumer Safety Advisory Warning by Authority (HSA or etc)
  • Any unidentifiable material, substance or chemical.
  • Artwork, Antiques and Collectibles
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Tobacco products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Petroleum products
  • Currency Cosmetics
  • Counterfeit or Pirated goods or materials
  • Cigarette lighters in shapes of pistols or revolvers
  • Chewing Gums
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Dangerous Goods (hazardous or combustible materials) including asbestos, ammunition, explosives, poisons, flammable items, radioactive material, compressed gas, corrosive, firearms and any item which by its nature of packing cause damage to other items or expose officers of Singpost to injury
  • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller (Used items shipped without manufacturer’s packaging do not comply and are illegal to ship)
  • Essential oils, diffuser oils, fragrance oil and perfume oil
  • Firecrackers
  • Flammable items such as perfume/nail polish
  • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Items that are not labeled in English (Dietary supplements/ Cosmetics/ Food)
  • Jewelry, Precious metals and stones including gold and silver
  • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers
  • Live animals, reptiles, snakes, birds, insects and endangered species of wildlife, and their by-products
  • Make-up/ beauty products/cosmetics that containing alcohol, or any Dangerous goods/hazardous materials that require special handling, additional packaging and labeling to be transported internationally.
  • Meat or animal extracts
  • Medical samples (e.g. biological/diagnostic specimens, blood, urine, bodily fluids, etc.)
  • Perishable items (e.g. foodstuffs, products require temperature controls, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Radio transceivers and secure communication devices
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Seeds / live plant
  • Weapons (swords/knives/guns etc.)
  • White powdery substance or item (e.g. baby powder, etc.)

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