About the Scheme
More than two million publications and 300,000 audio materials are imported into Singapore each year. To speed up the clearance process, the Registered Importers' Scheme was introduced in December 1997. Under the scheme, the onus is on importers to ensure that reading and audio materials brought into Singapore comply with guidelines issued by MDA. Only controversial materials are referred to MDA for consultation and advice.
For the List of Registered Importers, please visit here
When to Consult MDA
Registered importers are trained by MDA to use content guidelines to assess the suitability of publications and audio materials that they wish to bring into Singapore for circulation.
Importers may consult MDA if they are unsure about controversial materials. Submissions of publications to MDA for consultation can be made on this Submission Form
Importers are required to print out the submission form above and bring it along with the publication(s) to Level 14,MDA, 3 Fusionopolis Way, Symbiosis for review.
Note: The form must be accompanied by the company’s letterhead or company’s stamp for verification purposes
MDA’s decision on such publications is posted on the Registered Importers' Database for reference by all registered importers.
Documents to keep as reference
Registered importers are required to keep the following documents for a period of one year and submit when requested by MDA:
- Cargo clearance permits
- Detailed invoices with name of importer and titles of publications and audio materials imported
- Import statistics
Benefits of the Scheme
· Import permits on Tradenet will be auto-processed even on weekends and public holidays
· Consignments can be delivered directly to the registered importers' premises for examination
Materials in the Exempted Categories
are exempt from vetting. Registered importers can check decisions on the online database.
· Registered importers can re-export objectionable materials. Documentary evidence such as outward permits or postal receipts of re-exported items is to be maintained by importers using this covering letter.