Singapore Airport Duty Free Shopping Restrictions?

by Vin
(Singapore)

Hi there,

I'm Singaporean and my question is: Can i buy duty free items like perfume or cosmetic products when I return from my overseas trip (e.g. from Taiwan)?

It's because there was this encounter: I arrive in Terminal 1 but I can't find the perfume I wanted in the Arrival Hall. So I went to the Departure Hall to get the perfume. (I haven't cleared customs yet.)

The cashier told me I have to pay for the perfume including GST because I will be bringing the perfume into Singapore which is my country and I'm a local.

She went on further, saying if I want to purchase it without paying tax, I should buy it at Singapore Departure Hall DFS before embarking on my overseas trip. If not, I can buy it at the DFS of my overseas trip country before I fly back to my country.

Is this true?

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