Apply for L8A/B - Licence to import or export a consignment of radioactive materials
National Environment Agency (NEA)
For Business Users only
This licence is only for business users with a registered Unique Entity Number (UEN).
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This licence is required for applicants intending to import or export radioactive materials or devices containing radioactive materials.
Do I need to apply for this licence?
IMPORTANT NOTE: This licence should be applied through Singapore Customs TradeNet online system. You should only apply for this licence through GoBusiness Licensing if you are unable to do so through TradeNet. This licence is required if you intend to import or export radioactive materials or devices containing radioactive materials. These include, but are not limited to:
- Radioactive Lightning conductor
- Smoke detector
- Gamma projector
- Moisture gauge
- Gas chromatograph
- Vapour detector
- Gamma knife
- SPECT or PET radiopharmaceuticals
- Level gauge
- Density gauge
- Static eliminator
- Radioactive materials
- Ores or any substances containing radioactive isotopes (above) the exemption limits
- What supporting documents do I need to submit?
i. Invoice and packing list of consignment
ii. Airway Bill or Bill of Lading
iii. Brochures/Technical Date/Test Reports etc. of apparatus to be imported/exported
iv. (For Import/export by sea) Approved Cargo Clearance Permit
v. Source certificate and approved package design
How soon can my application be processed?
Complete applications with the necessary supporting documents will typically be processed within 10 working days upon reception of the submission. Licence applications that require pre-licence inspections and/or licence applicants who are instructed to sit for a qualifying test may require a longer period of time (4 - 8 weeks or more).
How much does this licence cost and how long is it valid?
The licence costs $40 per consignment. A separate application is required for each consignment.
Who can I contact for further details?
For licensing enquiries, please contact the National Environment Agency Call Centre at 1800-2255632 or 1800-CALL NEA or (65) 6225 5632 (from overseas). You can also email us at contact_NEA@nea.gov.sg.
- How do I change the profile information (e.g. contact details) associated with my radiation licences?
For company: Licence cannot be transferred to a different UEN. To change UEN, existing licences will need to be cancelled and reapplied under the new UEN. To amend your company details (e.g. contact person name, contact number, email address) registered with RPNSD, please email NEA_RPNSD_Licence@nea.gov.sg with the current information to be amended and the updated information.
Where is RPNSD located?
RPNSD (Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department) is a department within the National Environment Agency (NEA). Our office is located at the 3rd Storey of the Annex Block of Environment Building at 40 Scotts Road. The nearest MRT station is Newton. Our mailing address is:
Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department
National Environment Agency
3rd Storey, Annex Block
40 Scotts Road, Singapore 228231
- I need more details about import and export licence. Where may I find it?
In most cases, import and export licences, i.e. L7A/B, L8A/B and N4A/B, are to be applied through the TradeNet system by freight companies which handle the transportation of cargoes from one Country/Region to another.
Before the applications for import and export licences are submitted through TradeNet, vendors / suppliers should ensure that their dealer licences, i.e. L1, L2 or N1 are valid and have been updated to include the irradiating apparatus or radioactive material, and that they have obtained the relevant possession licence if the apparatus is for use at their premises.
For direct import / export (not through a vendor / supplier), import and export licences can be applied through GoBusiness Licensing. For more information on the items under import and export control, please refer to the following links:
- How do I pay for the licence fees?
Payment may be made online via Credit Card when submitting the licence application. GIRO payment is also possible for customers with existing GIRO arrangement with RPNSD. To set up a GIRO account, please complete and submit the GIRO application form found on the NEA website: https://www.eportal.nea.gov.sg > Categories > Radiation Safety > eServices and Forms > GIRO Application Form for Radiation Licences. Cheque payment will no longer be accepted. Licence fees paid or submitted are not refundable.
- Where can I find more radiation regulatory and licensing information?
You may refer to the radiation safety webpage on the NEA's website.
Licence Fees: $40
- Invoice and packing list of consignment
- Apparatus information
Equipment Brochure / Catalogue / Technical specifications of the equipment to be licensed
- Airway Bill or Bill of Lading
- Approved Cargo Clearance Permit
(For Import/export by sea) Approved Cargo Clearance Permit
- ATA Carnet
ATA Carnet supporting documents
- Source certificate and approved packaging design
Source certificate and approved packaging design
- Certificate of Approval of Package Design
[For application to transit nuclear materials only] Certificate of Approval of Package Design with details of package design
- Certificates of the types and quantities of nuclear material in the shipment
[For application to transit nuclear materials only] Shipper's Certificate and certification by Competent Authority of the types and quantities of nuclear material in the shipment
- Certificate of Financial Security or Insurance
[For application to transit nuclear materials only] Certificate of Financial Security / Insurance
- Nuclear material packing list
[For application to transit nuclear materials only] Nuclear material packing list
- End user statement
[For application to transit nuclear materials only] End user statement
Other relevant supporting documents
ACRA - Registration for Companies / Business
NEA L2 - Licence to manufacture, possess for sale or deal in radioactive materials
NEA L4 - Licence to keep or possess radioactive materials for use (other than sale)