Food

Import, Export & Transshipment of Live Poultry & Livestock

Live poultry and livestock are domestic birds and animals meant for the purpose of slaughter for consumption.

Only licensed traders are allowed to import or export poultry and livestock. Traders must also meet AVA’s import, export and transshipment requirements.

Live poultry includes domestic fowl or chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, silkies, quails, chukar partridges and pigeons.

Livestock includes sheep and goats.

Licensing of Traders


Only licensed traders are allowed to import or export live poultry or livestock.

1. Register the company with ACRA

Your trading company or business must be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) before conducting business in Singapore.

ACRA issues a Unique Entity Number (UEN) to all Singapore-registered companies.

2. Register and activate UEN with Singapore Customs

Companies must register and activate their UEN with Singapore Customs if they intend to import, transship and export food products.

3. Open and maintain a GIRO account

Type How to Set Up a GIRO Account Time Needed
DBS/POSB iBanking Customers If you have an Internet banking account with DBS/POSB, you can submit the application online directly to the bank by accessing your DBS or POSB internet banking websites.

Your GIRO application will take an average of 5 working days to process.

AVA will notify you when it has been approved.
Non-DBS/POSB iBanking Customers You can download and complete the GIRO application form (Part I only) and send to AVA for processing. Please download the example of a completed GIRO application form to guide you on how to complete it. Your GIRO application will take an average of 4 - 6 weeks to process.

AVA will notify you when it has been approved.

*If you need to change your GIRO account with AVA, you have to re-submit a new GIRO application form. You are also required to maintain the existing GIRO account until the new GIRO account is approved, as your licence may be suspended if you do not have a GIRO account with AVA.

4. Apply for Licence to Import

Apply for the relevant AVA Import Licence online via the LicenceOne website:

The licence is a one-time registration with AVA and no fee is required.

Importing Live Poultry


Licensed traders who intend to import live poultry into Singapore are required to meet AVA’s import conditions and requirements. 

1. Check that your sources are approved by AVA

You can only import live chickens and ducks from approved farms in West Malaysia. Please see:

As the lists of approved farms are subject to change, please make sure you check the lists before importing live poultry into Singapore.

2. Meet AVA’s veterinary conditions

Ensure that your poultry consignments fulfil AVA’s Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Domestic Birds and Eggs

3. Apply for Customs Clearance Permit

Each consignment of poultry must be accompanied by a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) for import clearance at the port of entry. 

The CCP costs S$62 per consignment, and also serves as an AVA import permit. You can obtain a CCP online via TradeNet

You will need to provide the appropriate HS codes and product codes in your application. For the list of products codes, see Product Codes for TradeNet.

4. Obtain veterinary health certificate 

Each imported consignment must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued by the relevant veterinary authority of the exporting country. The certificate must be issued no more than 7 days prior to import. 

5. Make an appointment for border control inspection

All live poultry imports have to undergo inspection at the port of entry upon arrival in Singapore. 

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

6. Inspection upon arrival in Singapore 

At the port of entry in Singapore, the CCP and Veterinary Health Certificate will be examined by an AVA Officer. Your consignments will be released if the documents are in order and the poultry are healthy.

Importing Livestock


Licensed traders who intend to import livestock into Singapore are required to meet AVA’s import conditions and requirements.

1. Check that your sources are approved by AVA

You can only import livestock from approved countries, including:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • USA
2. Meet AVA’s veterinary conditions

Ensure that your livestock consignments fulfil AVA’s Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Livestock.

3. Apply for a Special Slaughter Permit

Obtain a Special Slaughter Permit from AVA for each consignment of livestock you import.

Type of licence Cost and validity
Special Slaughter Permit (sheep/goat only)
  • S$25 per Permit issued and S$5 per animal
  • Valid only on the specified date of slaughter

Request for the latest application form by sending an email to kim_ngiam@ava.gov.sg with the following mandatory details:

  • Name of applicant and organisation
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Purpose of special slaughter

You can also contact AVA at (65) 6805 2716 for more information on the Special Slaughter Permit.

4. Apply for AVA import licence

Apply for an import licence via the LicenceOne website for each consignment of livestock you intend to import. The licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

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

Type of licence Cost and validity
Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics
  • S$87 (normal service, issuance within 2 working days of submission of complete documents)
  • S$174 (express service, issuance within 1 working day of submission of complete documents)
  • Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
  • Each licence is valid for 1 consignment only
5. Obtain veterinary health certificate

Each imported consignment must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued by the relevant veterinary authority of the exporting country. The certificate must be dated no more than 7 days prior to import.

6. Make an appointment for border control inspection

All livestock imports have to undergo inspection at the port of entry upon arrival in Singapore.

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

7. Obtain a master’s/captain’s declaration

Each consignment of livestock must be accompanied by a signed declaration from the master of the ship or the captain of the aircraft.

8. Inspection upon arrival in Singapore

On arrival at the port of entry in Singapore, the animals and documents (i.e. AVA import licence, Veterinary Health Certificate and Captain’s Declaration) will be examined by an AVA Officer.

If documents are in order and the animals are healthy, the livestock will be released and you can take the animals straight to the approved holding and slaughter premises.

Exporting Live Poultry & Livestock


Licensed traders who intend to export live poultry or livestock from Singapore are required to fulfil AVA’s export requirements, as well as the import requirements of the country of destination.

1. Check the import requirements of your country of destination

Find out the import requirements of your country of destination. Some countries may require Veterinary Health Certification before live poultry or livestock can enter.

2. Apply for AVA Export Licence

Apply for an AVA Export Licence via the LicenceOne website within 30 days of exporting. Note that the licence is only valid for 30 days from date of issue.

Type of licence Cost and validity
Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics
  • S$87 (normal service, issuance within 2 working days of submission of complete documents)
  • S$174 (express service, issuance within 1 working day of submission of complete documents)
  • Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
  • Each licence is valid for 1 consignment only
3. Obtain a Veterinary Health Certificate

This step only applies if your country of destination requires a Veterinary Health Certificate.

Apply for an AVA Veterinary Certificate online via the LicenceOne website.

4. Apply for Custom Clearance Permit

Before exporting each consignment, you need to obtain a Customs Clearance Permit (CCP) online via TradeNet. This permit is for export clearance at the border control checkpoints.

You will need to provide the appropriate HS codes and product codes in your application. For the list of products codes, see Product Codes for TradeNet.

Transshipping Live Poultry & Livestock


Transshipping means travelling between countries and transiting via Singapore for a period of less than 24 hours.

Traders intending to transship live poultry and livestock via Singapore will require an AVA Transshipment Licence.

Please note that live poultry from bird-flu affected countries are not allowed to transit via Singapore, and only livestock from approved countries are allowed to transit via Singapore.

Apply for AVA Transshipment Licence

Prepare the following documents in softcopy:

  • valid Veterinary Health Certificate, and
  • import permit from the importing country (if required by your country of destination).

Apply via the LicenceOne website and upload the prepared documents.

Type of licence Cost and validity
Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics
  • S$87 (issuance within the same day)
  • Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
  • Each licence is valid for 1 consignment only

Transshipped live poultry and livestock may be subject to inspection by AVA.

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


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