Guidelines for importation and prohibited telecommunication equipment

Declarations for importation of telecommunication equipment via TradeNet will be processed automatically. Guidelines for importation of telecommunication equipmentand prohibited telecommunication equipment as follow:

Guidelines for Importation of Telecommunication Equipment

  • Importation of telecommunication equipment declared via TradeNet application will be auto processed. The procedures for import of telecommunication equipment and the list of AHTN and product codes are attached herein. 
  • Under the Telecommunications (Dealers) Regulations (the "Regulations"), the following telecommunication equipment/devices are prohibited from import into Singapore unless prior approval by IMDA has been obtained:
    • Scanning Receivers
    • Military Communication Equipment
    • Telephone Voice Changing Equipment
    • Radio-communication Equipment operating in frequency band 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz, except Cellular Mobile Phone or such other equipment approved by the Authority
    • Radio-communication Jamming Devices operating in any frequency band

Prohibited Telecommunication Equipment

Please refer to examples of prohibited telecommunication equipment at List of Prohibited Telecommunication Equipment. Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing of Prohibited Telecommunication Equipment. The AHTN Codes and Product Codes for import declaration of such equipment in TradeNet are as follows:

Type of Prohibited EquipmentAHTN CodeProduct Code
Line telephone sets with cordless handsets equipment operating in frequency bands of 880 - 915 MHz, 925 - 960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85171100IDACOTCDP
Other transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus for radiotelephony or radiotelegraphy - Military communication equipment (line) (prohibited telecommunciation equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85176253IDAMLCCDP
Other transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus for radiotelephony or radiotelegraphy - Telephone voice changing equipment (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85176253IDATVCCDP
Other transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus - Military communication equipment (radio) (prohibited telecommunciation equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85176259IDAMRCCDP
Other wireless transmission device (incorporating reception apparatus) [except for radio-communication equipment approved by IMDA, operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz] (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85176259IDAWIDCDP
Scanning receivers (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85176259IDASCRCDP
Radio-communication jamming equipment in any frequency (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85176259IDARCJCDP
Wireless microphones system operating in frequency bands 880-915 Mhz, 925-960 MHz, 1900-1980 MHz, 2110-2170 Mhz (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85181019IDAWIDCDP
Wireless electrical signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for roads, inland waterways, parking facilities, port installations or airfield (e.g., car park auto gate barrier system) operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85308000IDAWIDCDP
Wireless electrical device having individual function not elsewhere specified in Chapter 85 (e.g., RFID integrated reader system for carraige of audio/video, RFID tag reader for reading clothes tags) operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)85437090IDAWIDCDP

Guide to Import of Telecommunication Equipment for Own / Company Use (Without Dealer's Licence)

Small quantities (one or two sets) of following types of telecommunication equipment can be imported (Auto Processing of Import Declaration in TradeNet) for an individual's own use without a Dealer's Licence. Importers of such equipment are to ensure that the equipment technical parameters comply with IMDA technical standards.

Individual / company importing telecommunication equipment for own use shall ensure that the equipment complies with the relevant IMDA technical specifications before use.

Please note that the operation of radio-communication equipment in Singapore is subject to licensing, except for equipment exempted under the Telecommunications (Exemption from Sections 33, 34(1)(b) and 35) Notification.

Type of EquipmentAHTN CodeProduct Code
Telecommunication Equipment such as standard fixed line telephones, faxes, security alarm systems and modems. (Depend on the type of equipment)(Depend on the type of equipment)
Mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks – Declaration of RoHS Non-Compliance with valid licence85171200Joint controlled
PCDMPH211
Mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks – Declaration of RoHS Compliance85171200Joint controlled
PCDMPH311
Other mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks not covered under PCDMPH211 and PCDMPH31185171200Joint controlled
PCDMIS902
Standalone GPS equipment (air/maritime) [e.g., GPS receiver], Equipment for Gobal Positioning System, GPS, Differential GPS (Air/Maritime) and Radio Navigational aid apparatus (only for civil aircraft and seagoing vessel)85269110IDAMISC
Standalone GPS equipment (land) [e.g., GPS receiver] and Equipment for Gobal Positioning System - (Land) [E.g., GPS receiver]85269190IDAMISC
Radio remote control apparatus, Radio Remote control for toys [e.g., remote control for toy car) and Modelling Radio remote control for flying models other than remote control toy [e.g., remote control for aircraft model]85269200IDAMISC
*Normal broadcasting radio equipment [e.g., AM/FM broadcast radio], Radio amplifer or tuner (Broadcast bands only)85279920IDAMISC
Infrared remote control for audio, TV, air-condition etc85437020IDAMISC

* There are no restrictions on the quantity imported.

Import by Licensed Dealer

For import of telecommunication equipment, the following details need to be provided for automated permit processing:

  • Valid Dealer's licence

    Importer shall apply / register for the appropriate dealer's licence from IMDA if the telecommunication equipment imported is for the purpose of sale / offer for sale / letting for hire in Singapore or export. Please declare the appropriate valid IMDA Dealer's Individual or Class licence in the import declarations. If you do not have any dealer's licence, you can apply for a Dealer's licence via our Telecoms Licensing System. The licence number should be declared in Licence Field of the Tradenet declaration.
  • Appropriate Licence Type

    DEALER'S CLASS LICENCE holder is allowed to import:
    • Registered Equipment and Equipment set out in the First Schedule of the Regulations.
    DEALER'S INDIVIDUAL LICENCE holder is allowed to import:

    • Registered Equipment; Equipment set out in the First Schedule of the Regulations; and Non approved equipment for re-export purpose.
  • CR number [Central Registration number issued by Singapore Customs]

    Be sure your CR number is registered together with Dealer's Individual/Class licence. If you have not registered your CR number with IMDA, you can notify IMDA (Fax: +65 6659 2503) with your company name, Dealer's licence number, CR number and contact details.
  • AHTN code and Product code

    Please use the appropriate AHTN code and Product code for equipment type imported. The AHTN code and Product code table is attached.

If any of the details are not provided, incorrect or are invalid, the declaration will be rejected or routed to IMDA for further checks.

For CARNET and DP permit, please submit the permit to IMDA via fascimile or email for IMDA's information.

For any import queries, please call Ms Germaine Ng at Tel: +65 6211 1950 or Mr Yeo Yong Siah at Tel: +65 6211 0647.


Product Code Table (TN Version 4.1)


No.AHTN CodeDescriptionProduct Code
Radio Communication Equipment
184713090Portable handheld computers not more than 10kg with at least CPU, Keyboard & a Display, excluding palmtops and personal digital assistants (PDAs) - Declaration of RoHS Non-Compliance with valid licence.Joint controlled
PCDPCO211
284713090Portable handheld computers not more than 10kg with at least CPU, Keyboard & a Display, excluding palmtops and personal digital assistants (PDAs) - Declaration of RoHS ComplianceJoint controlled
PCDPCO311
384713090Other portable handheld computers (including palmtops and personal digital assistants (PDAs), with radio-frequency wireless capabilities) not more than 10kg with at least CPF, Keyboard & a Display that are not covered under PCDPCO211 and PCDPCO311.Joint controlled
PCDMIS902
484713020Laptops (including notebooks and subnotebooks with radio-frequency wireless capabilities) not more than 10kg with at least CPU, Keyboard & a display – Declaration of RoHS Non-Compliance with valid licenceJoint controlled
PCDPCO212
584713020Laptops (including notebooks and subnotebooks with radio-frequency wireless capabilities) not more than 10kg with at least CPU, Keyboard & a display – Declaration of RoHS ComplianceJoint controlled
PCDPCO312
684713020Other laptops (including notebooks and subnotebooks with radio-frequency wireless capabilities) not more than 10kg with at least CPU, Keyboard & a display that are not covered under PCDPCO212 and PCDPCO312Joint controlled
PCDMIS902
784714110Personal computers excluding portable computers of subheading 8471.30 (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
884714910iMac (with radio frequency wireless capability)IDAMISC
984715010Mac Pro (with radio frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
1084716030Wireless keyboardIDAMISC
1184716040Wireless mouseIDAMISC
1284718010Control and adaptor unitsIDAMISC
1384718090Other Wireless data processing equipmentIDAMISC
1485081100Vacuum cleaner with self-contained electric motor (of a power not exceeding 1,500 W and dust bag not exceeding 20kg (with radio frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
1585098090Electro-mechanical domestic applicanes, with self-contained electric motor (with radio frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
1685171100Line telephone sets with cordless handsets equipment operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz (prohibited telecommunication equipment), for example, Cordless Telephone (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)IDACOTCDP
1785171100Cordless telephone equipment operating in frequency bands other than frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz, DECT and PHS (Personal Handphone System)IDAMISC
1885171200Mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks – Declaration of RoHS Non-Compliance with valid licenceJoint controlled
PCDMPH211
1985171200Mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks – Declaration of RoHS ComplianceJoint controlled
PCDMPH311
2085171200Other mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks not covered under PCDMPH211 and PCDMPH311Joint controlled
PCDMIS902
2185176100Cellular handphone (Mobile phone) base station equipment, public trunk land mobile service equipment, radio paging base station equipment, shared radioIDAMISC
2285176210Radio Transmitter & Radio Receivers for Simultaneous Interpretation at Multilingual ConferencesIDAMISC
2385176221Wireless bridge/router, firewall with router function, gateway including VoIP and data router/ADSL routerIDAMISC
2485176241Wireless modem equipment, modem, fax modem and cable modemIDAMISC
2585176249Apparatus for carrier-current line or digital line systems - Auto diallers, caller ID unit, alarm terminal and satellite telecommunication equipment except satelliteIDAMISC
2685176251Wireless LAN equipment e.g. portable Wi-Fi base stations and wireless access pointsIDAMISC
2785176252Transmission & reception apparatus used for simultaneous Interpretation at Multilingual ConferencesIDAMISC
2885176253Internet video conferencing equipment, videophones/videoconferencing, teleprinter, other transmission apparatus incorporating a reception apparatus, for radio telephony or radiotelegraphy for maritime [e.g., maritime UHF/VHF transceiver], amateur station equipment, shared radio network subscriber equipment, Trunked radio subscriber equipment [e.g., Trunked radio handset], Ship's radio telephone equipment, Walkie talkie excluding those for toys, Wireless intercom, Free Space Optics Equipmen, Infrared communication linked equipment, Transceiver , Baby monitor , Others radio-communication apparatus not listed hereIDAMISC
2985176259Other transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus - Military communication equipment (radio) (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)IDAMRCCDP
3085176259Other Wireless transmission device (incorporating reception apparatus) [except for radio-communication equipment approved by IMDA, operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz] (prohibited telecommunication equipment)IDAWIDCDP
3185176259Radio-communication jamming equipment in any frequency (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)IDARCJCDP
3285176291Paging receiver (normal pager)IDAMISC
3385176292Reception apparatus for radio-telephony or radio-telegraphy for maritime receiver, aeronautical receiver, etcIDAMISC
3485177021Parts of cellular phones (mobile phones)IDAMISC
3585177029Parts of transmssion apparatus other than radio-broadcasting or TV, transmission apparatus or of portable receiversIDAMISC
3685177040Aerial or antennae of a kind used with apparatus for radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy [e.g., satellite antenna, mobile phone antenna]IDAMISC
3785177092Parts for radio-telephony (e.g., INMARSAT equipment) and Parts of satellite telecommunication equipmentIDAMISC
3885181011Wirelesss Microphones having a frequency range of 300 Hz to 3,400 Hz, with a diameter not exceeding 10mm and a height not exceeding 3mm, for telecommunication useIDAMISC
3985181019Other Wireless MicrophonesIDAMISC
4085183010Bluetooth headphone and wireless headphoneIDAMISC
4185183020Bluetooth earphone and wireless earphoneIDAMISC
4285198110Pocket size cassette recorders, the dimensions of which do not exceed 170mm X 100mm X 45mm (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
4385198120Cassette recorders, with built in amplifiers and one or more built in loudspeakers, operating with only an external source of power (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
4485198130Compact disc players (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
4585211090Video recording or reproducing apparatus, Magnetic tape type (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
4685219011Laser disc players of a kind used in cinematography or broadcasting (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
4785235200Smart cards with wireless featuresIDAMISC
4885255000Transmission apparatus for radio/TV broadcasting (with radio frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
4985256000Transmission apparatus for radio/TV broadcasting, incorporating reception apparatus (with radio frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
5085258039Wireless video camera operating outside frequency bands of 880 - 915 MHz, 925 - 960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz, Wireless digital camera recorder operating outside frequency bands of 880 - 915 MHz, 925 - 960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz and Wireless video camera recorder operating outside frequency bands of 880 - 915 MHz, 925 - 960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHzIDAMISC
5185258051Wireless digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera operating outside frequency bands of 880 - 915 MHz, 925 - 960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHzIDAMISC
5285258059Wireless digital camera (excluding DSLR) operating outside frequency bands of 880 - 915 MHz, 925 - 960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHzIDAMISC
5385261010Weather radar apparatus, Navigational & ship's radar apparatus and Land based radar apparatusIDAMISC
5485269110Standalone GPS equipment (air/maritime) [e.g., GPS receiver], Equipment for Gobal Positioning System, GPS, Differential GPS (Air/Maritime) and Radio Navigational aid apparatus (only for civil aircraft and seagoing vessel)IDAMISC
5585269190Standalone GPS equipment (land) [e.g., GPS receiver] and Equipment for Gobal Positioning System - (Land) [E.g., GPS receiver]IDAMISC
5685269200Radio remote control apparatus, Radio Remote control for toys [e.g., remote control for toy car) and Modelling Radio remote control for flying models other than remote control toy [e.g., remote control for aircraft model]IDAMISC
5785271200Pocket size radio-cassette-players (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities)IDAMISC
5885271310iPod Nano (with radio frequency wireless capability)IDAMISC
5985271920Portable reception apparatus capable of planning, managing, spectrum analyser and monitoring of electromagnetic spectrumIDAMISC
6085271990Non-portable Reception apparatus capable of planning, managing, spectrum analyser and monitoring of electromagnetic spectrumIDAMISC
6185287111Set Top Boxes which have wireless communication functionIDAMISC
6285287119Waste Set Top Boxes which have a communication function for television not mains operated for recyclingJoint controlled
PCTWCB030
6385287292Colour television receivers, LCD, LED or flat panel television not battery operated. Declaration of RoHS complianceJoint controlled
PCDPTV311
6485287292Colour television receivers, LCD, LED or flat panel television not battery operated. Declaration of RoHS non-compliance with valid licenceJoint controlled
PCDPTV211
6585287292Other colour television receivers, LCD, LED or flat panel television not battery operated not covered under PCDPTV211 and PCDPTV311Joint controlled
PCDMIS901
6685291029Satellite-disc/dishIDAMISC
6785308000Wireless electrical signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for roads, inland waterways, parking facilities, port installations or airfields (e.g., car park auto gate barrier system) operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)IDAWIDCDP
6885311020Radio fire alarmIDAMISC
6985311090Radio alarm, other than fire alarmIDAMISC
7085318010Wireless electronic door bellIDAMISC
7185437020Infrared remote control for audio, TV, air-condition etcIDAMISC
7285437090Wireless electrical device having individual function not elsewhere specified in Chapter 85 (e.g., RFID integrated reader system for carriage of audio/video data, RFID tag reader for reading clothes tags) operating in frequency bands of 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1900 - 1980 MHz and 2110 - 2170 MHz (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment)IDAWIDCDP
7385437090Wireless electrical device having function not elsewhere specified in Chapter 85 - Other wireless Radio Frequency Equipment DeviceIDAMISC
7488026000Spacecraft (including satellites) and suborbital and spacecraft launch vehiclesIDAMISC
7590151090Other rangefinders (with radio-frequency)IDAMISC
7690291090iPod sports kit (sensor)(with radio-frequency wireless capability)IDAMISC
7791021900Other electrically operated wrist watches, whether or not incorporating a stop-watch facility (with radio-frequency wireless capabilities) IDAMISC
7891021200Watches/Time pieces with opto-electronic display only and GPS capabilityIDAMISC
7995030099Toy walkie-talkiesIDAMISC

No.AHTN CodeDescriptionProduct Code
Line Communication Equipment
8084433131Combination of colour printer-copier-facsimile machineIDAMISC
8184433139Combination printer-copier-facsimile machineIDAMISC
8284433191Combination of colour scanner-printer-copier-facsimile machineIDAMISC
8384433199Combination of scanner-printer-copier-facsimile machineIDAMISC
8484433241Colour Facsimile machinesIDAMISC
8584433249Facsimile machinesIDAMISC
8685171800Standard telephone sets (or with feature), antique telephone, fancy telephone, loud speaking telephone/teleconferencing phone sets, coinaphone and public telephone, ISDN telephone.IDAMISC
8785176229Firewall without router functionIDAMISC
8885176230Telephonic switching apparatus - Dealer/Broker System, PABX and key telephone systemIDAMISC
8985176241Wireless modem equipment, modem, fax modem and cable modemIDAMISC
9085176249Apparatus for carrier-current line or digital line systems - Auto diallers, caller ID unit, alarm terminal and satellite telecommunication equipment except satelliteIDAMISC
9185176253Internet video conferencing equipment, videophones/videoconferencing, teleprinter, other transmission apparatus incorporating a reception apparatus, for radio telephony or radiotelegraphy for maritime [e.g., maritime UHF/VHF transceiver], amateur station equipment, shared radio network subscriber equipment, Trunked radio subscriber equipment [e.g., Trunked radio handset], Ship's radio telephone equipment, Walkie talkie excluding those for toys, Wireless intercom, Free Space Optics Equipmen, , Infrared communication linked equipment, Transceiver , Baby monitor , Others radio-communication apparatus not listed here IDAMISC
9285176259Bluetooth device, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) equipment, ISDN equipment other than ISDN telephone, Virtual Private Network (VPN) equipment, Telephone call diverter equipment, Internet subscriber's equipment/device except modemIDAMISC
9385176269Data security equipment and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) equipmentIDAMISC
9485184030Audio-frequency amplifiers used as repeaters in telephony other than line telephonyIDAMISC
9585195000Telephone answering machinesIDAMISC
9685287111Set Top Boxes which have wireless communication function IDAMISC

 

AHTN 2017 code

Last updated on 25 June 2018

No.AHTN CodeDescriptionProduct Code
Broadcast Receivers with Communication Option
9785176900TVRO (satellite television receiving only)IDAMISC
9885279920*Normal broadcasting radio equipment [e.g., AM/FM broadcast radio], Radio amplifer or tuner (Broadcast bands only)IDAMISC

Contact

For more information, you may contact:

Mr Yeo Yong Siah
Tel: +65 6211 0647
Email: yeo_yong_siah@imda.gov.sg

Ms Germaine Ng
Tel: +65 6211 1950
Email: germaine_ng@imda.gov.sg

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Last updated on: 31 May 2019