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  1. What is Sea option?
  2. What is Sail Date?
  3. How much will this cost?
  4. Which country does Sea Option offer?
  5. What are the benefits of using vPost Sea freight services?
  6. What is your minimum chargeable weight to select Sea Option?
  7. Is there any bundle discount for Sea Option?
  8. What is the cost of the holding fee?
  9. Is Sea Option applicable to vShop4U?
  10. Prohibited items for export from USA
  11. Prohibited items for import into Singapore
  12. What is the maximum size and weight of a package to be shipped via sea freight service?
  13. Can I purchase insurance for my package via vPost?
  14. What is vCare?
  15. Who may purchase vCare?
  16. How much do I have to pay for vCare program?
  17. What are the items excluded in the vCare program?
  18. How do I file for Claims after purchasing vCare program, in the event that I need to?
  19. Why do I have to pay GST for the package(s) that I import via vPost sea freight?
  20. How do I calculate the Customs GST amount imposed on my online purchases for goods imported by vPost sea freight?

1. What is Sea option?

Sea freight is a new exciting method of getting goods to you. You can now bring in items like furniture, mattresses, large items like barbeque pit etc. to Singapore without paying high air freight rates. However, do expect to wait longer for the delivery of the items as we will be using vessels from US to Singapore and the entire journey takes about 35 to 60 working days from Sail Date.

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2. What is Sail Date?

Sail Date is the date where the vessel will leave the port from US and en route to Singapore. This entire journey typically takes about 35 to 60 working days to arrive in Singapore.

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3. How much will this cost?

There is a base charge of $39.90 for every single item you ship and a per kg charge of $3.90, depending on whether chargeable or actual weight is higher. There’s no bundling discount for this option. This service is available only for packages with a chargeable weight of 10 kg and above.

From 1st July 2016, (date inclusive) GST shall applies for all packages paid and shipped using Sea freight into Singapore. There is no GST relief for packages shipped using sea freight.

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4. Which country does Sea Option offer?

Sea Option is applicable only to Singapore Customers for vPost USA only.

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5. What are the benefits of using vPost Sea freight services?

It is a more economical service to send vPost packages over to Singapore.

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6. What is your minimum chargeable weight to select Sea Option?

Our minimal chargeable weight to select Sea Option is 10kg and above.

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7. Is there any bundle discount for Sea Option?

There is No Bundling Discounts for Sea option.

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8. What is the cost of the holding fee?

vPost USA charges S$1.50 per item per day for items which are held for more than 45 days from processed date.

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9. Is Sea Option applicable to vShop4U?

No. It is not applicable to vshop4U.

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10. Prohibited items for export from USA

  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Tobacco products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Petroleum products
  • Any type of standalone batteries 
  • Any additional battery/batteries that is packed in the same package but separated from the device
  • Alcohol products and beverages (Item(s) would be discard at Origin and unable to process for returns or redirect to another address)
  • Audio Speakers
  • Counterfeit goods 
  • Diamonds 
  • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller
  • Engine oils / essential oils 
  • Fuels, gasoline and gas torches 
  • Flammable and toxic content products (e.g. products with Minoxidil, zinc oxide, Rosemary Oil and etc.)
  • Firearms (or parts thereof) 
  • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Infectious substances 
  • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers(requires appropriate licenses from NEA)
  • Lighters with fuel and lighter fluid 
  • Magnets
  • Munitions of war 
  • Meat or animal extracts
  • Nail polish and nail polish removers 
  • Narcotic drugs 
  • Pornographic materials 
  • Perishable foods 
  • Precious metals and Gemstones 
  • Paper currency, coins, credit cards and cheques 
  • Perfumes, colognes, eau de toilette and fragrance sprays 
  • Radioactive materials 
  • Sprays, aerosol cans and compressed gas cylinders 
  • 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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11. Prohibited items for import into Singapore

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

  • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
  • Any external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Tobacco products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Petroleum products
  • Articles, publications of a pornographic or obscene nature
  • Alcohol products and beverages (Item(s) would be discard at Origin and unable to process for returns or redirect to another address)
  • Animals
  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos 
  • Bullion
  • Currency
  • Chewing gum
  • Chewing tobacco, shisha tobacco and imitation tobacco products  (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
  • Cigarette lighters in shapes of pistols or revolvers 
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances 
  • 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.
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
  • Firecrackers 
  • Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
  • Furs
  • Fishes and fishery products (including fin fish, crustaceans and molluscs)
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Human remains, including ashes
  • Jewelry, precious metals and stones
  • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers (requires appropriate licenses from NEA)
  • Medical samples (e.g. biological/diagnostic specimens, blood, urine, bodily fluids, etc.)
  • Meat or animal extracts
  • Narcotics (illegal)
  • Nicotine
  • Processed egg
  • Pets
  • Perishable foods
  • Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, digital video discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Supplements claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent animal diseases (HSA website)
  • Seed/life plant (requires phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin and an import permit from AVA)
  • Visual media (films, video tapes, discs) that are banned in Singapore by the MDA (please refer to MDA's Media Classification database to determine whether a product is banned)

For more information concerning dangerous and prohibited goods, you may go to Singapore Post website.

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12. What is the maximum size and weight of a package to be shipped via sea freight service?

Maximum length: 215 cm; maximum Width: 195 cm; maximum Height: 160 cm. 
Maximum Actual weight: 100 kilogram
Note: Packages which exceeded the above dimension cannot be shipped.

Note: vPost do not handle all kind of Project Cargoes. For example: large, heavy, high value or a critical pieces of equipment that require special lifting equipment.

Additional Delivery Surcharge will be imposed when a package exceeded the Maximum dimension and/or Maximum Actual Weight.

If your shipment require special handling, there would be additional surcharge, which will be determined on an individual basis and customers will be notified of the details when their shipments arrive at Singapore.

For example: The shipment unable to fit into the Passenger Lift of the Delivery Address.

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13. Can I purchase insurance for my package via vPost?

We do not provide or sell insurance. We offer instead, the vCare package which gives you the added guarantee that your package will be properly shipped to you in good condition. 

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14. What is vCare?

vCare is an optional, performance warranty by SingPost to afford vPost members the added assurance that their packages will be protected against loss or damage during transportation (with certain exclusions). While we handle all packages with great care, loss or damage may occur due to unexpected events and accidents outside of our control. In the case of an incident, SingPost's liability as a shipper is capped at the full amount of shipping charges paid by you plus 50% of the declared value of the item for which a justified claim is made. For more details, please click here  

With vCare, you will be covered (subject to limited exceptions) for the full amount of shipping charges paid plus 100% of the declared value of the item for which a justified claim is made, subject to a maximum cap of US$20,000 for all items shipped pursuant to a single consignment note. For more details, please click here. Please note that vCare is not an insurance product and SingPost is not a licensed insurer.  

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15. Who may purchase vCare?

vCare is a service ancillary to vPost and is only available to registered vPost members. You may purchase vCare coverage for your packages shipped through vPost Shipping Services by choosing "ADD vCare" when you checkout.

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16. How much do I have to pay for vCare coverage?

vCare charges will be based on the value of the goods and vPost shipping charges. All charges payable will be based on 3% of the declared item value subject to a minimum sum of S$9.90 for each consignment note. Declared item value shall include, but is not limited to, cost of the item, any vCare purchased for the local shipping vPost's overseas shipping facilities, local shipping charges to vPost's overseas shipping facilities and any other applicable charges paid. Limits of liability in relation to each consignment note to which vCare applies will be SGD$20,000. For more details, please click here

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17. What items can be covered by vCare?

Most purchasable items can be covered by vCare.
However, please click here for more details to refer to the Terms and Conditions.

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18. How do I file for Claims after purchasing vCare, in the event that I need to?

An enquiry should be raised via our Customer Service. Please call 1605(#4) or leave us a message
When submitting the claim, all relevant documents must be enclosed, including but not limited to the following:-

1.     Content merchant invoice or purchase receipts of the article covered by vCare;

2.     Photos of the external packaging and the damaged content to facilitate our investigation;

3.     All correspondence exchanged with any third party responsible or potentially responsible for the loss or damage of the article.

Please refer to Terms and Conditions for procedure of claims.

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19. Why do I have to pay GST for the package(s) that I import via vPost sea freight?

All goods imported by vPost sea freight is not granted GST relief. Should you need more information on GST, please visit Singapore Customs’ website.

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20. How do I calculate the Customs GST amount imposed on my online purchases for goods imported by vPost sea freight?

The current Customs GST rate is 7%.
Total Customs GST Chargeable = 7% on [Cost + vCare + Freight] where Cost is the total cost of products in a package / order paid to seller / Merchant that includes the item value, domestic shipping, handling charge etc., while vCare is the cost of purchasing optional vCare from vPost and Freight is vPost shipping charge for that item.

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