Trading across Borders in


Below is a detailed summary of the time and cost associated with the logistical process of exporting and importing goods. Under the new methodology introduced this year, Doing Business measures the time and cost (excluding tariffs) associated with three sets of procedures—documentary compliance, border compliance and domestic transport—within the overall process of exporting or importing a shipment of goods. In addition, the list of documents needed to trade internationally is provided below.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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Characteristics Export Import
Product HS 85 : Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles
Trade partner Hong Kong, China Germany
Border Singapore port Singapore port
Distance (km) 15 15
Domestic transport time (hours) 2 1
Domestic transport cost (USD) 212 214
Export documents
Commercial Invoice
Packing List
Export Permit
Customs declaration
Import documents
Commercial Invoice
Packing List
Import Permit
Customs declaration