Pets & Animals

General Information & Classification

Animal products are products that contain materials of animal origin.

You must meet AVA’s import requirements for these items before bringing them into Singapore. This includes obtaining appropriate permits and documents depending on the category of your animal product.

Besides the category of the animal product, import permit requirements also differ if the animal species used in the product is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), i.e. of an endangered status.

To find out which animal species are listed by CITES, please refer to the CITES Appendices. For more information on CITES and endangered species, see Endangered Animals.

Animal Product Categories


Animal products are categorised as follows:

Category Description Examples
Finished Animal Products Products that do not contain materials of animal origin in raw or unprocessed form.

These include hides, skins, bones and hair that are finished, varnished or treated.
  • Leather goods
  • Tanned and finished skins or hides
  • Taxidermised items or hunting trophies
  • Instruments
  • Carvings, paintings and artwork
  • Other equipment
Unfinished, Inedible Animal Products Products that contain materials of animal origin in raw, unprocessed forms.

These are not meant for human consumption.
  • Ivory
  • Skin
  • Horn or bone
  • Shell, scale or teeth
  • Gall bladder
  • Etc.
Other Animal Products Refers to animal blood products* and animal products for research*. All materials will be treated as biohazard waste and disposed of appropriately.
  • Sera, plasma or albumin
  • Other animal products for research purposes

* If you are bringing blood serum into Singapore for diagnostics purposes, please refer to Veterinary Biologics instead. Veterinary Biologics refer to viruses, serums, toxins and analogous products of natural or synthetic origin intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of diseases of animals and birds, or for purposes of research in animals or birds.



Bringing in Finished Animal Products

All finished animal products brought into Singapore must satisfy the permit requirements listed in the table below.

Type of Finished Animal Product Required Documents
  • Non-CITES listed
No import permit is required from AVA.
  • CITES-listed
Obtain the following:
  • CITES import permit from AVA, and
  • CITES export/re-export permit from country of export.
  • CITES-listed
  • Reptilian leather product*
Obtain the following:
  • CITES export/re-export permit from country of export. The original permit must accompany your import.

Note that subsequent re-export of your finished leather product would require a CITES re-export permit from AVA.

  • Taxidermised items or hunting trophies
Please refer to the Factsheet on Bringing Taxidermised Products into Singapore for more information on the required permits, documents and procedures.

*Reptilian leather products include bags, wallets, watchstraps, etc.

To find out which animal species are listed by CITES, refer to the CITES Appendices.

Apply for CITES permits


STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1: Obtain a CITES export/re-export permit from the competent authority of the country of export.
STEP 2: Obtain a CITES import permit from AVA by applying online via LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website.

Please note that you will need log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific CITES permit application service.

The CITES import permit is valid for 90 days.

If you are importing CITES-listed reptilian leather products, you do not require a CITES import permit from AVA.
STEP 3: CITES permit fee is S$12 per species, subject to a minimum of S$60 per consignment.

Make Appointment for Border Control Inspection


If applicable, make an appointment for inspection of your animal product at the border control checkpoints by submitting an online booking request via the AVA Inspection & Laboratory e-Services.

Contact AVA Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) office 5 days before departure of the consignment to notify them of the planned date of departure.

Bringing in Unfinished Animal Products

All unfinished animal products brought into Singapore must satisfy the permit requirements listed in the table below.

Type of Unfinished Animal Product Required Documents
Non-CITES listed
Obtain the following:
  • Supporting documents, and
  • Cargo Clearance Permit from Tradenet
CITES listed Obtain the following:
  • Supporting documents,
  • Cargo Clearance Permit from TradeNet,
  • CITES import permit from AVA, and
  • CITES export/re-export permit from country of export.

To find out which animal species are listed by CITES, refer to the CITES Appendices.

Obtain Supporting Documents


Supporting documents include treatment certificate, sanitary certificate or export health certificate with the following details:

  • Species of animal (scientific and common names)
  • Description of item
  • Country of origin
  • Treatment process
  • Certification that the item was derived from clinically healthy animals, if applicable

Apply for Cargo Clearance Permit


Each consignment must be accompanied by a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) for import clearance at the port of entry. The CCP will serve as an AVA import permit.

Obtain a CCP by making an inward declaration online via TradeNet.

Apply for CITES permits


STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1: Obtain a CITES export/re-export permit from the competent authority of the country of export.
STEP 2: Obtain a CITES import permit from AVA by applying online via LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website.

Please note that you will need log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific CITES permit application service.

The CITES import permit is valid for 90 days.
STEP 3: CITES permit fee is S$12 per species, subject to a minimum of S$60 per consignment.

Make Appointment for Border Control Inspection


If applicable, make an appointment for inspection of your animal product at the border control checkpoints by submitting an online booking request via the AVA Inspection & Laboratory e-Services.

Contact AVA Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) office 5 days before departure of the consignment to notify them of the planned date of departure.

Bringing in Other Animal Products

Other animal products include:

  • animal blood products, i.e. animal sera, plasma and albumin, and
  • animal products for research.

Please note that these products are not Veterinary Biologics, which refer to viruses, serums, toxins and analogous products of natural or synthetic origin intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of diseases of animals and birds, or for purposes of research in animals or birds.

Animal Products


Follow the steps below to import animal sera, plasma and albumin.

1.Apply for in-principle approval from AVA

Provide the following details to AVA to apply for an in-principle approval of your intended import:

  • Information on item to be imported,i.e.:
    • Species name
    • Source (animal type, establishment/company, country)
    • Preparation method
    • Treatment process
    • Packaging
  • Details of end-user and intended use
  • Laboratory facilities and procedures for handling and disposal of the item by end-user
  • Supporting documents, e.g.:
    • Quality control certificate/Certificate of Analysis for each lot or batch to be imported
    • Health certificate from the exporting country which includes details of shipment (consignor, consignee, product description, lot/batch number, etc.) and certifies that the item:
      • was taken from animals which were healthy and clinically free from contagious disease and that these animals have not been exposed to any other matter of animal origin;
      • is non-hazardous and does not contain any live pathogen; and
      • has been packaged in new or sterilised packaging and properly stored, and precautions have been taken to prevent contamination prior to export
  • Letter from the end-user, stating the purpose of import and site of operation, and undertaking that:
    • All procedures involving the item will strictly follow their bio-safety procedures/work instructions and approved protocols;
    • All materials will be treated as bio-hazardous waste and disposed of appropriately; and
    • In the case of blood products of bovineorigin, the import will not be for use in animal research involving inoculation to animals, human consumption, as clinical specimens or in the clinical management of human patients.

AVA will conduct an assessment of your intended import.

2. Apply for AVA import permit

After receiving the in-principle approval from AVA, proceed to apply for an import permit from AVA.

You can do so online via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website. Please note that you will need to log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific licensing service.

Type of licence Cost and validity
Licence to Import/Export/Transshipment of Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics
  • S$22 (normal service, issuance within 2 working days of submission of complete documents)
  • S$44 (express service, issuance within 1 working day of submission of complete documents)
  • Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
  • Each licence allows you to import 1 consignment
Exception for CITES-listed products

If you are bringing in CITES-listed products, follow the steps below to apply for CITES permits instead.

STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1: Obtain a CITES export/re-export permit from the competent authority of the country of export.
STEP 2: Obtain a CITES import permit from AVA by applying online via LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website.
Please note that you will need log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific CITES permit application service.
The CITES import permit is valid for 90 days.
STEP 3: CITES permit fee is S$12 per species, subject to a minimum of S$60 per consignment.

To find out which animal species are listed by CITES, refer to the CITES Appendices.

For more information on importing animal blood products, contact our duty officer at: 
Email: AVA_Import&Export_Animals@ava.gov.sg

Animal Products for Research


Follow the steps below to import animal products for research.

1. Apply for in-principle approval from AVA

Provide the following details to AVA to apply for an in-principle approval of your intended import:

  • Information on item intended for import, i.e.:
    • Product specification / composition, species name, source (animal type, establishment/company, country), preparation method, treatment process and packaging.
    • Is the item infected with any disease agents? If so, please specify name of disease agent(s).
  • Details of end-user
  • Purpose of import, brief description on how item will be used and experiment protocol
  • Site of operation/laboratory facilities and procedures for handling and disposal of the item by end-user
  • Certification from competent personnel (e.g. principal researcher, veterinarian) of export facility, such as:
  • Veterinary health certificate to certify that the item was taken from animals which are healthy and clinically free from contagious disease and that these animals have not been exposed to any other matter of animal origin, brief clinical history of animals (if applicable).
  • Item is non-hazardous, does not contain any infectious or contagious agent and is strictly for R&D purpose.
  • Treatment process and confirmation that treatment measures are acceptable to eliminate possible pathogens / confirmation of inactivation (please specify method of inactivation).
  •  Letter of undertaking from end-user, stating the purpose of import and site of operation; and undertaking that:
  •  All procedures involving the item will strictly follow their biosafety procedures / work instructions and approved protocols; and
  • All materials will be treated as biohazardous waste and disposed of appropriately.

AVA will conduct an assessment of your intended import.

2. Apply for AVA import permit

After receiving the in-principle approval from AVA, proceed to apply for an import permit from AVA.

You can do so online via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website. Please note that you will need to log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific licensing service.

Type of licence Cost and validity
Licence to Import/Export/Transshipment of Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics
  • S$22 (normal service, issuance within 2 working days of submission of complete documents)
  • S$44 (express service, issuance within 1 working day of submission of complete documents)
  • Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
  • Each licence allows you to import 1 consignment
Exception for CITES-listed products

If you are bringing in CITES-listed products, follow the steps below to apply for CITES permits instead.

STEP DESCRIPTION
STEP 1: Obtain a CITES export/re-export permit from the competent authority of the country of export.
STEP 2:  Obtain a CITES import permit from AVA by applying online via LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website.

Please note that you will need log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific CITES permit application service.

The CITES import permit is valid for 90 days.
STEP 3: CITES permit fee is S$12 per species, subject to a minimum of S$60 per consignment.

To find out which animal species are listed by CITES, refer to the CITES Appendices.

For more information on importing animal blood products, contact our duty officer at: 
Email: AVA_Import&Export_Animals@ava.gov.sg

Make Appointment for Border Control Inspection


If applicable, make an appointment for inspection of your animal product at the border control checkpoints by submitting an online booking request via the AVA Inspection & Laboratory e-Services.

Contact AVA Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) office 5 days before departure of the consignment to notify them of the planned date of departure.

Exporting Animal Products

The export of animal products does not require an AVA export permit.

However, if the animal product you wish to export is derived from any CITES-listed species, you are required to obtain a CITES export/re-export permit from AVA via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website

You might also be required to provide relevant supporting documents to show legal acquisition of the items (e.g. CITES import permit etc.).

You may contact us if you require assistance in your application.

Please also check with the Singapore Customs at (65) 6355 2000 or customs_documentation@customs.gov.sg to find out if they have requirements for the export.

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