Information on Licence to Import or Export Irradiating Apparatus and Radioactive Materials

How to Apply for Licence to Import or Export

The import and export licence is normally tagged to the Singapore Customs’ Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) via Singapore Customs’ TradeNet system (https://www.tradenet.gov.sg/tradenet/login.portal) by a declaring agent prior to shipment arrival or departure date, except for cases classified under the special circumstances stated in the later section further below.

The declaring agent must provide the following information in the relevant fields when submitting the Customs declaration via Customs’ TradeNet system for the import/export of controlled items listed in the importer/exporter’s valid dealer (L1, L2 or N1) licence:

  1. Name and Unique Entity Number (UEN) of importer/exporter (Please ensure that these information corresponds with the dealer licence information)
  2. HS code of the controlled item (You may refer to the page on Information on Licences to Import or Export Irradiating Apparatus and Radioactive Materials)
  3. At the item description field indicate the product information of the controlled item (maker/brand, model no., serial no. etc.; include the name of radionuclide, its radioactivity & serial no. for radioactive materials) 
  4. Dealer (L1, L2 or N1) licence number and correct product code (if the controlled item is listed in the importer/exporter’s valid dealer licence) at the Licence No. and Product Code fields respectively.
  5. All relevant shipping and supporting documents (e.g. invoice, packing list, airway bill/bill of lading, brochures, dealer licence, etc.) are to be attached/uploaded with the declaration.


The import/export licence may still be applied via Singapore Customs’ TradeNet for the following cases where the importer/exporter does not have a valid dealer licence:

  1. The importer/exporter is the end user and the product is listed in their valid possession (L3, L4 or N2) licence. 
  2. The importer/exporter has applied for a dealer/possession licence for the controlled item and has been provided the dealer/possession licence application number. 
  3. The importer/exporter has applied for dealer/possession licence amendment to include new product and has been provided the licence amendment application number.


For the above three situations whereby the importer/exporter does not have a valid dealer licence, the declaring agent must provide the following information in the relevant fields when submitting the Customs declaration via Customs’ TradeNet: 

  1. Name and Unique Entity Number (UEN) of importer/exporter
  2. HS code of the controlled item (you may refer to the page on Information on Licences to Import or Export Irradiating Apparatus and Radioactive Materials <<to link to page on how to apply for licence to import or export>>)
  3. At the item description field indicate the product information controlled item (maker/brand, model no., serial no. etc.; include the name of radionuclide, its radioactivity & serial no. for radioactive materials) and the importer/exporter possession licence number or dealer/possession licence application number or licence amendment application number
  4. Leave both licence number and product code fields blank/empty
  5. All relevant shipping and supporting documents (e.g. invoice, packing list, airway bill/bill of lading, brochures, possession licence/licence application, etc.) are to be attached/uploaded with the declaration.

The processing time generally takes 1 to 3 working days if all required shipping and supporting documents are attached/uploaded within the permit application. The CCP issued by Singapore Customs via the TradeNet system will reflect the NEA RPNSD import/export licence type (N4A, N4B, L7A, L7B, L8A, L8B), licence fees and the licensing conditions.  Please contact NEA (NEA_RPNSD_TradeNet@nea.gov.sg) if the CCP was issued without the NEA RPNSD import/export licence.

If the issued CCP was declared with the wrong HS code, the declaring agent must cancel the issued CCP and resubmit a new declaration via TradeNet system with the correct HS Code and the relevant shipping and supporting document attached/uploaded within the permit application. 

Special Circumstances

All applications should be submitted via Singapore Customs’ TradeNet portal (https://www.tradenet.gov.sg/tradenet/login.portal), except for the following special circumstances:

  1. The controlled item is hand-carried during import/export and does not need a CCP.
  2. The controlled goods are transported via ATA (Admission Temporarie/Temporary Admission) Carnet.
  3. The issued CCP for the controlled item does not have NEA RPNSD import /export licence but had been used to clear Customs.
  4. The import or export of controlled item is done via courier service companies or via SingPost.

If you fulfill the special circumstances listed above, please apply for the import or export licence via the GoBusiness Licensing Portal (https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences) with all relevant shipping documents (e.g. invoice, packing list, airway bill/bill of lading), ATA Carnet Certificate and the approved Singapore Customs CCP (if any).

Please note that the approval of licence is subjected to NEA’s assessment. You are strongly advised to seek clarification from NEA before committing to any purchase with overseas vendors.