The new Strategic Goods (Control) Order 2017 (“SGCO 2017”) was gazetted on 3 July 2017, and will come into effect from 1 September 2017.

The SGCO 2017 brings Singapore’s strategic goods control list up to date with the 2016 Wassenaar Arrangement Munitions List, and the 2016 European Union’s List of Dual-Use Items (“EUDL”). The EUDL contains dual-use items controlled by the four multilateral export control regimes (the Australia Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement).

The SGCO 2017 will incorporate revisions such as new controls, relaxation of controls, as well as editorial changes for consistency and clarity of controls. The highlights of key changes to the strategic goods control list can be found via our website.

Singapore Customs will be holding an awareness briefing on the changes to the strategic goods control list on 12 July 2017. Traders and declaring agents, including exporters, carriers, cargo agents and freight forwarders, as well as academicians and researchers, are encouraged to attend the briefing to familiarise themselves with the updates to ensure continuity in business compliance. You may refer to Notice No 08/2017 for the registration details. For those who are unable to attend the briefing, materials on the changes to the strategic goods control list will be available on the Customs eLearning portal after the briefing.

Changes to the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations (“SGCR”)

The scope of strategic goods subject to transhipment controls will be expanded to include 2 new category codes (i.e. 1C351.a.57 and 1C351.a.58). This change will be reflected in the 4th Schedule of the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations (“SGCR”). Any person, who intends to tranship goods listed in the 4th Schedule of the SGCR must submit the strategic goods transhipment permit at least 5 working days before the loading of goods onto the conveyance on which the goods are to be brought out of Singapore. There is no change to the transit goods listed in the 5th schedule of the SGCR.

The Strategic Goods (Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 will come into effect from 1 September 2017.

Technical Amendment to the Strategic Goods (Control) Brokering Order 2007

A technical amendment will be made to the Strategic Goods (Control) Brokering Order 2007 to reflect its reference to the new SGCO 2017. There are no changes to the scope of brokering controls. The Strategic Goods (Control) (Brokering) (Amendment) Order 2017 will come into effect from 1 September 2017.