Standardised Packaging for tobacco products
From 1 July 2020, all tobacco products* imported, sold, offered for sale or distributed in Singapore will be required to comply with standardised packaging (SP) specifications (i.e. be SP-compliant). Details of the SP specifications can be found in the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) (Appearance, Packaging and Labelling) Regulations 2019 at https://sso.agc.gov.sg.
To help manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers adjust to the full implementation, a 3-month transition period from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 will be provided to allow SP-compliant tobacco products to co-exist in the market with existing non-SP-compliant tobacco products. During the transition period, non-SP-compliant tobacco products are still required to comply with the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) (Labelling) Regulations 2012.
Breach of this requirement is punishable with a fine not exceeding $10,000, imprisonment for a term of up to 6 months or both for first-time offenders. Those with a prior qualifying conviction will face heavier penalties.
General guidance on what SP will look like on different types of tobacco products and packaging formats can be found in the SP Guidance Booklet. You may download the booklet by clicking here or by scanning the QR code.
For travellers bringing in tobacco products for personal consumption (at checkpoints)
From 1 July 2020, all tobacco products* imported by travellers at the checkpoints, whether for commercial or personal use, must comply with the SP specifications.
Quantity of tobacco products imported for personal use must not exceed the Singapore Customs duty-paid allowance of 400 grams.
For importers bringing in tobacco products for personal consumption (via Parcel Post)
From 1 July 2020, all tobacco products* imported into Singapore by Singapore Post must comply with Singapore’s SP specifications. Non-SP-compliant tobacco products cannot be imported into Singapore and will be returned to country of origin.
* Please take note that this excludes harmful and imitation products like chewing tobacco, electronic vaporisers etc. See below for more information on the prohibition of harmful and imitation tobacco products.