Transport Singapore with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Singapore. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

The city-state of Singapore is one of the so-called 'tiger economies'. The country has experienced tremendous economic growth in recent years. Thanks to a free market and significant investments in infrastructure, it has leapt from a developing country to a successful, stable and prosperous industrial state. As the only country in the Asian region with an AAA credit rating, Singapore has secured its place among the major industrial and financial areas. Thanks to its high economic growth, low unemployment rate and low inflation, Singapore is a business location of major international importance. 

Available data and statistics also paint a clear and positive picture of the country. For example, Singapore has the world's second-highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. Furthermore, according to the World Economic Forum, the country is considered the most open market economy in the world, is corruption-free and has low tax rates. Partly due to these favourable location factors, companies from all over the world and from all sectors have settled in Singapore. The financial sector, in particular, is very strongly represented. Do you want to enter the Asian market with your company? Please get in touch with our specialists, who can offer tailor-made solutions for your supply chain. 

Industry is central to Singapore's economy, as the country produces and exports biotechnology, telecommunications, chemicals and electronics products. Neighbouring countries such as China, Hong Kong and Malaysia are significant trading partners for exporting these products. But trade with the United States and the European Union is also vital. In 2019, the EUSFTA free trade agreement came into force, promising better market access, less regulation and customs relief. More information about customs and tariffs when shipping to Singapore? Then please contact our experts. 

Imports also play an essential role for Singapore. As an island state, the country has minimal raw material resources and marginal agricultural land. The industry's water, food and raw materials are almost entirely imported from abroad, making the country highly dependent on well-functioning logistics and a well-developed infrastructure. The Port of Singapore is the second largest port in the world in terms of container throughput. The airport, Changi Airport, is also vital for international freight traffic. The high throughput volume at these hubs is partly due to Singapore's unique geopolitical location. The country is located in the heart of Asia, and all essential economic areas, such as the US or EU, are easily accessible from here. 

For Singapore transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Singapore. 

Key transport routes Singapore and your benefits 

For the island state of Singapore, sea freight is critical. Partly thanks to the important port of Singapore, the country has risen to the industrial nation it is today. The port is an essential hub on the sea route that connects Europe, China and the US. Companies from all over the world benefit from the excellent infrastructure. With a view to the future, the port will be renovated and expanded with a new deep-sea port. Given the positive economic development of Singapore, this project will likely be implemented within the next decade. The infrastructure around the port will also be further expanded and modernised. 

Thanks to the Changi Airport, air freight reaches an international level. This will be expanded in the coming years in the form of new runways, terminals and warehouses to relieve existing facilities and make the handling of passengers and goods transport more efficient. Singapore's supra-regional importance means that the airport is used by more than a hundred international airlines, and many major connections are easily accessible. 

Road freight and rail transport are also used and further developed. Thanks to the Johor-Singapore Dam, there is a direct land connection to Malaysia that is essential for water supply and can also be travelled by motor vehicle and train. Due to concerns about climate change, electrification of the rail network is planned to make freight transport as cheap and efficient as possible. This makes rail transport more attractive. Do you also want to benefit from the best infrastructure network in the world with expansion possibilities to the entire Asian market? Then contact Seacon Logistics. We are happy to tell you more about the possibilities.

Container terminal at port of Singapore | Transport Singapore | Seacon Logistics
Aerial view of Singapore city by the water | Transport Singapore | Seacon Logistics

Major cities for cargo transportation in Singapore 

Singapore is at the centre of international freight traffic and is an essential hub for transcontinental transport. Singapore has two major logistics industry centres for handling imports and exports: the port and the airport. Both locations are in the south of the city-state and within one hour of each other. The 'Singapore Strait' connects the State of Malacca with the South China Sea and is one of the most important sea passages in the world. 

As a deep-sea port, the Port of Singapore is accessible to all container ships. The direct connection to the city centre makes goods reach their destination quickly. Thanks to the well-developed infrastructure in the port area, the connection with all other logistics centres is seamless and fast. 

Changi Airport is located far east of the city but is closely connected to Singapore's city centre thanks to fast and direct connections. Goods with a high level of urgency reach their destination quickly and without detours, without long storage times. Thanks to planned expansions in the future, this logistics location will be able to handle even more goods. 

Severely limited in space, Singapore is constantly developing new areas that further expand the economically viable regions of the islands. For example, another deep-sea port will be built in the near future, which will take Singapore's logistics to a new level. 

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Singapore. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Singapore:

  • Groupage transport to Singapore
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Singapore
Panorama of Marina Bay Sands | Transport Singapore | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Singapore - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Singapore - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Loading special transport onto a truck. | Seacon Logistics

Special transport Singapore

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Singapore. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Singapore to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Singapore: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Singapore to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Singapore

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Singapore arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Singapore

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details 

Singapore is a city-state and island state, mainly accessible by plane or ship. Travelling by car is also possible thanks to the two dams. Many areas have local rules and regulations that must be observed. In the summary below, you can read what you should take into account, among other things. 

  • Currency: In Singapore, payment is mainly made with the Singapore dollar. However, the Brunei dollar is also accepted as a second currency (with a ratio of 1:1).
  • Traffic: Traffic in Singapore drives on the left side of the road. Time- and place-specific tolls are levied on all roads that connect to the mainland.
  • Customs: In Singapore, 8% GST (Goods and Service Tax) is currently payable when importing goods. From 1 January 2024, this will further increase to 9%.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Singapore, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

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