Hit a snag in your online shopping?
Are you hankering for an item beyond the reach of Amazon Prime? Say, something you know can only be found right smack in the middle of Odessa, Texas. Well, you’d have to sign up with a forwarding service that helps you ship from US to Singapore. Most Singaporeans use a forwarding service when they shop at US retailers who don’t ship directly to Singapore.
Here’s a rundown of four popular forwarding services that help cut cost on hefty shipping and tax charges.
Before you get too click-happy on your favourite US online shopping site, know that purchases above USD$2,500 (S$3,420) in value will require a Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) form. If you require one, check with your forwarder on how to submit it.
Don’t forget about the 7 per cent GST payable on your buys, which is applicable if the CIF (Cost of Shipping + Insurance + Freight) exceeds S$400.
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