Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SGFTA)
Information for U.S. Exporters is available through the Department of Commerce at: http://www.export.gov/FTA/index.asp
The Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SGFTA) went into effect on January 1, 2004, and provided for complete duty phase out by January 1, 2013. Singapore FTA goods are also free of merchandise processing fee (MPF). To learn more about how to claim preference on these goods, select the following:
This document provides the most relevant information in HTSUS General Notes 25 and 19 CFR Subpart I.
Any claim for preferences under the Singapore Free Trade Agreement must be supported by a Certificate of Origin attesting to the imported product’s originating status. This link provides a PDF template demonstrating how such a Certificate of Origin can be structured. The template is fillable, and users may elect to use it. Its use, or adherence to its structure, is in no way compulsory. Nevertheless, pursuant to the relevant regulations, all of the data elements specified therein must still be provided upon request to CBP in connection with a claim for preferential tariff treatment.
Data Elements for the Singapore FTA Certification of Origin - Attachment A
As an alternate to the Certification of Origin template, a free-form certification can be used by Singaporean producers and exporters, and US importers, when attesting that their goods meet the requirements of the Singapore FTA.
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) - Singapore FTA General Notes 25
A current link to the general note, including the General Rules of Origin, Definitions, Value (including Regional Value Content and De Minimis), Sets, Packing and Packaging Materials, Indirect Materials, Recordkeeping and the all-important Product Specific Rules of Origin.
NOTE: On the USITC link, select the “General Notes; General rules of Interpretation; General Statistical Notes,” link, followed by “General Notes 25”.
Use this tool to learn the duty that your Singaporean goods will pay upon importation into the United States both today and in future years.
Goods of Singapore are not subject to quota.
The reconciliation prototype is an alternate method of submitting on-going, high-volume post-importation Singapore FTA claims. Like standard 19 USC 1520(d) claims, they must be made within one-year of importation and all preference program requirements and responsibilities remain in effect.
Additional Resources and Regulations:
The complete text of the agreement.
A current link to the e-CFR website including: Import Requirements, Filing a Claim, Regional Value Content (RVC) Certification, Post-Importation Refunds, Rules of Origin, Origin Verifications, Transshipment, and Penalties.
This publication includes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) General Note with both the general and specific rules of origin, a list of all of the goods that became duty free upon entry into force and the phase-out schedule for those goods that will become duty free over time.
Public Law No. 108-78, 117 Stat. 948 and codified at 19 USC 3805 Note
This document enacting the Singapore FTA was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2003.