Pets & Animals

General Information & Classification

AVA regulates all import, manufacture, processing and sale of animal feed in Singapore. The export of animal feed is currently not regulated.

Animal feed is food meant for livestock, companion animals and aquatic animals. It can be categorised into pet food, livestock feed and aquaculture feed.

Pet food is for companion animals such as dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, guinea pigs, fish and birds. Rawhide chews, dog biscuits and cat/dog treats are also considered pet food.

Livestock feed is for goats, pigs, cows, sheep and poultry (e.g. ducks and chickens). Feed components include whole or processed feed, premixes, fish meal, raw ingredients of animal feed and additives.

Aquaculture feed is for aquatic animals such as fish and crustaceans.

Bringing in Pet Food, Livestock Feed & Aquaculture Feed

Every consignment of animal feed must be accompanied by a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP), which also serves as an AVA import permit.

Follow the steps below to obtain a CCP.

STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1:

Log in to TradeNet and declare the items intended for import under the appropriate HS and Product Codes.

If you do not have access to TradeNet, you can appoint a declaring agent to make the declaration on your behalf.

STEP 2: Attach supporting documents (e.g. health certificate, manufacturer's declaration, ingredient list, invoices, bill of lading/airway bill) to your declaration.

Your TradeNet declaration will be routed to AVA for processing.

Submit TradeNet applications and all supporting documents before:
  • 5:30pm from Monday to Thursday
  • 5:00pm on Friday

This is to facilitate processing within the same day. Any applications made during Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday will be processed on the next working day.

STEP 3: Check the status of your declaration in TradeNet.

 Pay the permit fee of S$22 (if applicable):
  • The fee will be deducted via GIRO for applicants who hold a GIRO account with AVA.
  • For applicants withouta GIRO account with AVA, pay the permit fee by NETS, CashCard or cheque at the AVA office before declaration approval.

For more information on these payment modes, see:
STEP 4

Print the generated Cargo Clearance Permit.


Pet Food Containing Meat or Meat Products


Pet food containing meat or meat products which are brought into Singapore must be from AVA-approved sources.  In the case of pet food not containing meat, no prior approval of the source will be required.

For more information on the requirements on bringing in animal feed containing meat or meat products, refer to the guidelines for:

Bringing in Other Animal Feed

Other animal feed includes:

  • vitamins for pets in oral, topical and injectable forms, and
  • additives and supplements for pets in tablet and syrup form.

You must obtain a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) to bring these products into Singapore. The CCP also serves as an AVA import permit.

Follow the steps below to obtain a CCP.

STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1:

Log in to TradeNet and declare the items intended for import under the appropriate HS and Product Codes.

If you do not have access to TradeNet, you can appoint a declaring agent to make the declaration on your behalf.

STEP 2: Attach supporting documents (e.g. health certificate, manufacturer's declaration, ingredient list, invoices, bill of lading/airway bill) to your declaration.

Your TradeNet declaration will be routed to AVA for processing.

Submit TradeNet applications and all supporting documents before:
  • 5:30pm from Monday to Thursday, and
  • 5:00pm on Friday.

This is to facilitate processing within the same day. Any applications made during Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday will be processed on the next working day.

STEP 3: Check the status of your declaration in TradeNet.

Pay the permit fee of S$22 (if applicable):
  • The fee will be deducted via GIRO for applicants who hold a GIRO account with AVA.
  • For applicants withouta GIRO account with AVA, pay the permit fee by NETS, CashCard or cheque at the AVA office before declaration approval.

For more information on these payment modes, see:
STEP 4

Print the generated Cargo Clearance Permit.

Note that AVA does not regulate import of pet products such as veterinary drugs and inedible pet products such as dental wash, pet shampoo, eye or ear drops.

Pet Supplements with Therapeutic Claims


If you wish to bring in pet supplements that have therapeutic claims, i.e. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), or homeopathic or natural remedies, you must submit the following to AVA via the AVA Contact Centre for evaluation:

  • ingredient list,
  • source or supplier information,
  • product registration and approval status in country of export or origin, and
  • product labelling.

Note that product labels must not

  • claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent animal diseases, or 
  • claim to have AVA's endorsement.

AVA does not register or approve such products for animal consumption.

Pet Supplements Containing Extracts & Flavouring


Products which contain meat flavouring (e.g. beef, liver or chicken extract) do not require submission of additional documents for further evaluation by AVA.

Personal Traveller’s Allowance

Travellers do not require an AVA import permit to bring pet food for their pet’s consumption into Singapore, provided the amounts do not exceed AVA’s allowance limits.

The allowance limits are:

  • dry pet food – 20kg per person, and/or
  • wet pet food – 5kg per person

The limits apply to both hand-carried baggage and parcel post items.

Pet food allowed to be carried into Singapore includes dog, cat, small mammal, bird and fish feed, with or without meat content, from all countries.

Amounts Above the Allowance Limit


Pet food in amounts above the allowance limits will not be allowed entry into Singapore.  The excess will be detained and disposed of, or ordered to return shipment without crossing Customs.

Travellers who wish to bring in amounts of pet food above the allowance limits from approved sources or countries must obtain a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) prior to import. Currently, the approved countries are Australia, Canada*, New Zealand, United Kingdom* and USA*.

*Import of feed containing beef from Canada, United Kingdom and USA is currently suspended because of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.

Pet food from unapproved sources above the allowance limit is strictly not allowed. 

Follow the steps below to obtain a CCP.

STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1:

Log in to TradeNet and declare the items intended for import under the appropriate HS and Product Codes.

If you do not have access to TradeNet, you can appoint a declaring agent to make the declaration on your behalf.

STEP 2: Attach supporting documents (e.g. health certificate, manufacturer's declaration, ingredient list, invoices, bill of lading/airway bill) to your declaration.

Your TradeNet declaration will be routed to AVA for processing.

Submit TradeNet applications and all supporting documents before:
  • 5:30pm from Monday to Thursday, and
  • 5:00pm on Friday.

This is to facilitate processing within the same day. Any applications made during Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday will be processed on the next working day.

STEP 3: Check the status of your declaration in TradeNet.

Pay the permit fee of S$22 (if applicable):
  • The fee will be deducted via GIRO for applicants who hold a GIRO account with AVA.
  • For applicants withouta GIRO account with AVA, pay the permit fee by NETS, CashCard or cheque at the AVA office before declaration approval.

For more information on these payment modes, see:
STEP 4:

Print the generated Cargo Clearance Permit.

Local Manufacturing & Processing of Animal Feed

All local commercial producers of animal feed must get a licence from AVA to manufacture and process animal feed. This includes businesses that produce dog biscuits, pastries or confectionary items for sale at retail outlets.

AVA does not license the preparation or production of pet food from HDB or private residential premises. Those who purchase homemade pet food do so at their own risk.

AVA also does not license storage or warehousing of pet feed.

For more information on operating small-scale home businesses, please refer to URA’s and HDB’s guidelines.

Applying for Animal Feed Licence


Below is an overview of the procedure to apply for the Licence to Manufacture and Process Animal Feed. More details on the application procedure and licence conditions can be found in Application Information.

STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1: Download the Animal Feed Licence Application Form (PDF)
STEP 2:
Fill out the form and submit it together with the required supporting documents (e.g. management protocol, layout plan, etc.) to:

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority
Agri Establishment Regulation Group
Veterinary Section, Licensing Department
52 Jurong Gateway Road
#09-01 Singapore 608550

Attn: Darren Kong
Email: kong_yip_seng@ava.gov.sg
STEP 3: Pay the annual licence fee of S$240:
  • via GIRO
  • online via Debit or Credit Card, or
  • via NETS at the AVA office.

For more information on these payment modes, see:
STEP 4: AVA will schedule an inspection visit to your business premises when it is operationally ready. The inspection is to assess the production processes and sanitation to ensure that your product is safe for animal consumption.
STEP 5:
AVA will inform you of the result of your licence application via email/post within 5 working days after the site inspection is completed.

Labelling Requirements for Animal Feed


Animal feed and pet food sold in Singapore must be packaged and labelled in English with the following information:

  • list of ingredients used in the pet food,
  • manufacturing date and expiry date,
  • species of animal for which the pet food is intended, and
  • the name and address of the importer.
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