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[ASK! Editor: To chew or not to chew, that is the question! Here is a response to this sticky issue, hopefully it will clear up your understanding of regulations regarding chewing gum. This post has been updated as of 12th Dec 2006.]
Importation may be allowed for licensed chewing gums (medicinal and oral dental chewing gums that are registered with HSA) hand-carried into Singapore either by visitors/tourists or citizens returning from overseas trips provided the import quantity is reasonable, for not more than 3 months’ supply for personal consumption. As a general guide, not more than 3 months’ supply would be about 300 sticks or pellets in total. For more information on licensed chewing gums, please contact HSA at
Except for chewing gum with therapeutic value, the importation into Singapore of any chewing gum is prohibited under the Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations. The prohibition on the import of chewing gum except for those of therapeutic value is absolute. Therefore, no allowance is given for any person to import them for personal consumption.
www.customs.gov.sg under Prohibited Items
All websites last accessed 12th Dec, 2006.
Answered by Roy Won, Librarian
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