Information of P&FM Import Licence
Any person who is to import any scheduled P&FM above the exemption quantities is required to obtain an import licence from SCDF.
The rationale of regulating import of P&FM is due to the followings:
- Enhance the security control; accountability and traceability on movement of P&FM
- Ensure that the premises storing the P&FM comply with fire safety requirements before the goods can be imported and stored there
- Ensure that vehicle collecting the imported P&FM have a valid P&FM transport licence and driver have valid HTDP before the goods can be transported on the road
To reinforce the security control on import of P&FM, all importer will have to declare their goods in the TradeNet System which is administered by Singapore Customs. Once the licensed goods are cleared by SCDF via TradeNet, a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) will be generated. The importer with the CCP will collect their goods and check by customs officers at the various checkpoints.
To apply for P&FM Import licence, the importer requires to have at least one valid P&FM Storage licence, where the premises are licensed to store the imported flammable products. This is to ensure that the storage areas comply with fire safety requirements before any scheduled P&FM can be stored there. With effect from 21 August 2016 FMS Storage Licence is no longer required to be included/updated in the FMI Import Licence on-line application. Hence, Storage address information will not be reflected in the FMI Licence Approval Letter.
Chemicals regulated under the Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulations 2013 are divided into three groups – petroleum, flammable materials and mixtures that contain petroleum and / or flammable materials.
Petroleum refers to hydrocarbons with carbon and hydrogen in its molecular structure. This includes crude petroleum, liquefied petroleum gas and other naturally occurring hydrocarbons derived from crude petroleum, coal, shale, peat or other bituminous substances.
Petroleum products are further divided into the following classes:
- “Class O petroleum” means liquefied petroleum gas;
- “Class I petroleum” means any petroleum having a flashpoint of less than 23° C (74° F) but does not include Class O petroleum;
- “Class II petroleum” means any petroleum having a flashpoint of or exceeding 23° C but less than 60°C (74 -140° F)
- “Class III petroleum” means any petroleum having a flashpoint of at least 60°C but not more than 93°C (140-199° F)
Class 0, I & II petroleum are regulated by SCDF. For Class III petroleum, diesel is the only licensable product.
Flammable materials are non-petroleum based. It comes in solid, liquid or gaseous forms. The regulated flammable materials are based on the gazetted list in the Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulation 2013. There are a total of 366 groups of chemicals in the current list. This list of flammable materials is subjected to review periodically. Click on the link below to download.
Complete_List_of_Licensable_Chemicals-2018 (PDF, 174 KB)
Any mixture that contain component of petroleum and / or flammable materials and has a flash point less than 60º C (140º F) is regulated by SCDF.
In summary, petroleum products are regulated according to its flash point (criteria-based schedule) while the licensable flammable materials are from a list-based schedule.
Processing Of P&FM Import Licence (Auto Approval)
The applicant is to apply P&FM Import licence via SCDF’s eService.
The applicant will proceed to make payment and the import licence will be auto approved if the payment is successful. The import licence will be sent to the applicant via email the next day. The licence number (import) will be updated in TradeNet.
Things to Note
An import licence granted is subject to the provisions of Fire Safety Act and Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulations. In addition, the licence issued is subject to the following conditions:
- Importer must ensure that the imported goods are stored in petroleum & flammable material licensed premises.
- Importer must ensure that the imported goods shall not cause the fire safety requirements of the licensed storage premises to be compromised in any manner such as exceeding the licensed storage quantity or not in accordance to approved storage licence.
- Importers using 3rd party licensed storage premises must ensure that the necessary authorization must be obtained from the licensed storage premises. The use of unauthorized storage licences will render the licence holder/company liable for prosecution.
- Importer must ensure that the imported goods are transported by a petroleum & flammable licensed vehicle.
- Flammable materials in packaging such as drums, carboys etc are to be kept in a sheltered store with adequate security, ventilation and control facilities to contain spillage or leakage.
- For the import of flammable material controlled by SCDF, you are to ensure that your company or your declaring agent declares the appropriate HS codes & product codes when submitting the inward/ outward permit applications. Misuse of the HS codes & product code will render the licence holder / company liable to prosecution.
- Import of LPG and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), in cylinder is not allowed apart from the exemption quantity.
- For more information on Import Matters, you may contact the following:
Import & Transport Licencing Officers
- Ms. Alice Seto DID: 6848 1485, FAX: 6848 1494 Email: Alice_Seto@scdf.gov.sg
- Mr. K. Mahaintharan DID: 6848 1429 FAX: 6848 1494 Email: K_Mahaintharan@scdf.gov.sg
- Mr. Muhammad Nasir Hashim DID: 6848 1468 FAX: 6848 1494 Email: Muhammad_Nasir_Hashim@scdf.gov.sg