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Singapore GST on ecommerce imports Jan 2023

  • Feb 18, 2021 | Richard Asquith

Singapore is to impose Goods and Services Tax (GST) on imported sales of goods from 1 January 2023. Currently, imports not exceeding SGD 400 (about €250) are exempt from GST. Non-digital B2C services provided from abroad will also become liable to GST at the same time. This follows imposing GST on sales of digital services by foreign providers to consumers in 2020. 

Singapore will look to introduce a simplified registration process for foreign sellers and marketplaces which facilitate imported online sales of goods. The current Singaporean GST rate is 7%.

The move follows a global trend to end the VAT or GST exemptions on imported online sales of goods. This includes measures in AustraliaNew ZealandNorwayUK and the EU (July 2021). Governments around the world are anxious to level the playing field for national online and high-street retailers, as well as boost tax revenues following the stellar growth of e-commerce during the COVID-19 crisis.

VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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