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Tradenet - List of Asean Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) Codes

IMDA regulations provide clear guidelines for the importation of telecommunication equipment and prohibited telecommunication equipment

Declarations for the importation of telecommunication equipment via TradeNet will be processed automatically. Guidelines for the importation of telecommunication equipment and prohibited telecommunication equipment are as follows:

Guidelines for the 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 Equipment AHTN Code Product 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) 85171100 IDACOTCDP
Other transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus for radiotelephony or radiotelegraphy - Military communication equipment (line) (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment) 85176253 IDAMLCCDP
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) 85176253 IDATVCCDP
Other transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus - Military communication equipment (radio) (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment) 85176259 IDAMRCCDP
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) 85176259 IDAWIDCDP
Scanning receivers (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment) 85176259 IDASCRCDP
Radio-communication jamming equipment in any frequency (prohibited telecommunication equipment) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment) 85176259 IDARCJCDP
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) 85181019 IDAWIDCDP
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) 85308000 IDAWIDCDP
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) 85437090 IDAWIDCDP

Restriction on Importation of Drone Operating in Cellular Network

On 8 August 2022, IMDA sent out a circular to all declaring agents on the restriction of import of drone operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, or drone comes with cellular capability or ability to insert cellular radio module). 

Declaring agents must declare in the permit using the correct HS and product code (i.e., IDADRNSIM) for drone operating using cellular network.  For drone not operating with cellular network, declaring agents can use the product code of IDAMISC to declare the item. 

Proposed HS Code (AHTN 2022) Product Code (new) Product Code Qty (UOM) Product Code Description
88062100
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft for remote-controlled flight only with maximum take-off weight not more than 250g.
88062100
IDADRNSIM
NMB
Unmanned aircraft (not more than 250g) for remote-controlled flight only, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88062200
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft for remote-controlled flight only with maximum take-off weight above 250g but not over 7KG.
88062200
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (more than 250g but not more than 7kg) for remote-controlled flight only, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88062300
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft for remote-controlled flight only with maximum take-off weight above 7KG but not over 25KG.
88062300
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (more than 7kg but not more than 25kg) for remote-controlled flight only, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88062400
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft for remote-controlled flight only with maximum take-off weight above 25KG but not over 150KG.
88062400
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (more than 25kg but not more than 150kg) for remote-controlled flight only, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88062900
IDAMISC
NMB

Unmanned aircraft for remote-controlled flight only with maximum take-off weight over 150KG.

88062900
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (more than 150kg) for remote-controlled flight only, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment). 
88069100
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft not for remote-controlled flight with maximum take-off weight not more than 250g.
88069100
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (not more than 250g) for other than remote-controlled flight, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88069200
IDAMISC
NMB IMDA: Unmanned aircraft not for remote-controlled flight with maximum take-off weight above 250g but not over 7KG.
88069200
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (more than 250g but not more than 7kg) for other than remote-controlled flight, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88069300
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft not for remote-controlled flight with maximum take-off weight above 7KG but not over 25KG.
88069300
IDADRNSIM
NMB Unmanned aircraft (more than 7kg but not more than 25kg) for other than remote-controlled flight, operating in cellular network (i.e., operating using SIM card, eSIM, comes with cellular capability, or ability to insert cellular radio module) (Importer shall seek prior approval from IMDA for importing the equipment).
88069400
IDAMISC
NMB Unmanned aircraft not for remote-controlled flight with maximum take-off weight above 25KG but not over 150KG.

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 Equipment AHTN Code Product 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 licence 85171300 Joint controlled
PCDMPH211
Mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks – Declaration of RoHS Compliance 85171300 Joint controlled
PCDMPH311
Other mobile phones or telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks not covered under PCDMPH211 and PCDMPH311 85171300 Joint 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) 85269110 IDAMISC
Standalone GPS equipment (land) [e.g., GPS receiver] and Equipment for Gobal Positioning System - (Land) [E.g., GPS receiver] 85269190 IDAMISC
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] 85269200 IDAMISC
*Normal broadcasting radio equipment [e.g., AM/FM broadcast radio], Radio amplifer or tuner (Broadcast bands only) 85279920 IDAMISC
Infrared remote control for audio, TV, air-condition etc 85437021 IDAMISC

* 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 GoBusiness Licensing. 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 (Email @ info@imda.gov.sg) 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 can be found at the Tradenet Search.

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 email for IMDA's information.

Contact

For more information, you may contact:

Mr Lum Yong Ji
Tel: +65 6955 0320
Email: Yong_Ji_Lim@imda.gov.sg

Mr Lim Chee Gee
Tel: +65 6982 2027
Email: Chee_Gee_Lim@imda.gov.sg

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LAST UPDATED: 06 APR 2023