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USA and Singapore Customs to allow faster clearance of goods

USA and Singapore Customs to allow faster clearance of goods

SINGAPORE: Companies who exports goods from Singapore to USA will now have easy excess at Customs Clearance as both countries have been agreed to issue faster customs clearance. However, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and US Customs Authority are also expanding facilities to travelers.

This follows a mutual recognition agreement between Singapore Customs and the United States Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) on Monday (Dec 1) that companies will have their exports recognized to be of “lower risk”, expediting the customs clearance process.

Similarly, companies in the US which have been certified by the US CBP will experience faster clearance when their goods arrive in the Republic. “These companies can therefore better plan their cargo movements, particularly for time-sensitive exports, and enjoy savings in costs which would otherwise be incurred due to port delays,” Singapore Customs said in a news release.

The customs administrations also signed a US-Singapore Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) that will allow both countries to exchange information and render assistance to each other in the prevention and investigation of customs offences.

Singapore’ Director-General of Customs Ho Chee Pong said the CMA will boost cooperation between Singapore and the US in combating cross-border customs fraud and smuggling. “Such cooperation will contribute to the integrity of the trading system, and enhances Singapore’s reputation as a trusted trade hub,” he added.