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Yes, buying watches that cost more than SGD400 in CIF value (Cost, Insurance & Freight) will attract GST.
Collection of GST also depends on the type of freight used. For example:
SingPost: You will receive a letter indicating that payment of GST is required at the Customs office at SingPost Paya Lebar, so you have to make payment there to release the goods.
Fedex, DHL: They usually ship and send you an invoice for GST + admin fees of $10+, so you have to make payment to them directly, most accept Internet Banking transfers.
Guidance from Customs: http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trad/ ... rcels.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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2. Type of freight to choose
Usually, we don't have the luxury to choose, unless sellers are flexible. Most ship via normal post or registered post, while others only trust a Fedex and DHL.
Normal post: Cheapest option but don't offer recipient acknowledgement, usually "free" or included. Nobody use this to ship watches.
Registered post: Affordable option, recipient acknowledgement, insurance but usually don't cover watches and up to a very small amount. Suitable for watch parts, straps, tools and watches maybe below $1000 or your comfortable range. Price ranges around $5-20 depending on package size and weight.
EMS: Slightly more expensive but offer a faster shipping with more insurance coverage. Prices ranges around $30-50 depending on package size and weight.
Fedex/DHL: The most expensive option, Prices ranges around $40-60 depending on package size and weight.
Last updated: 2014-09-07
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