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Pesticides policy

Under Singapore law, it is an offence to sell, advertise or supply any pesticide, substance, mixture or preparation for the purpose of vector control, unless the seller is registered with the Director-General of Public Health.

It is also a requirement to register any pesticides for use in the cultivation of plants in Singapore, and no person may distribute, supply, sell or expose or offer for sale any pesticide unless the same has been registered with the Director-General of Public Health.

Because the seller bears initial responsibility for ensuring a lawful and safe sale, sellers on eBay must state affirmatively in all pesticide listings that:

  1. the seller will comply with all applicable local laws and regulations and ensure that the purchaser satisfies all applicable laws and regulations;
  2. the seller will not accept bids from or post to countries where the pesticide is not registered as a general use pesticide.

Collectible Pesticide Containers and Devices

  • eBay permits the sale of collectable pesticide containers or devices if the container or device is empty and rinsed, and the seller includes this information in the listing description.
  • It is the seller's responsibility to ensure that the pesticide container or device is empty and rinsed before offering it for sale on eBay. However, the buyer should verify the information provided by the seller before completing the sale.
  • Members should not dump the remaining contents of a pesticide container down the drain, into the garden, or sewer.

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Some Examples

Under the Control of Vectors and Pesticides Act (Cap 59) - opens in new window or tab, all pesticide products and repellents intended for use against the five vectors (i.e. mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, rodents and rat fleas) cannot be advertised, sold or supplied unless the same is registered by the National Environment Agency (NEA). As such, members of eBay should ensure that the pesticides sold and bought by them are properly registered. All pesticides registered with the NEA carry a unique registration number “SINENV X-XXX/XXX/XXXX” which is displayed on the product/container label.

Examples of registered pesticide products


To determine if the pesticide is a registered product, members may wish to visit the National Environment Agency’s Web site and refer to the Control of Plants Act (Cap 57A) and its subsidiary Regulations.

There are certain products which are exempted from the registration requirements, such as:

  • Pesticides imported solely for re-export purpose;
  • Pesticides solely for agricultural and / or for gardening purpose; and
  • Pesticides that are targeted at pests other than the five vectors (i.e. mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, rodents and rat fleas).

Additional Information

Under the Control of Vectors and Pesticides Act (Cap 59), - opens in new window or tab“vectors” are defined as “any insect, including its egg, larva and pupa, and any rodent, including its young, carrying or causing, or capable of carrying or causing any disease to human beings”.

eBay users who intend to sell pesticide products on eBay should ensure that the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The pesticide is registered by the Director-General of Public Health, and the registration has not been suspended or cancelled;
  • The pesticide is not classified as “for restricted use” as such items should only be sold to and used by registered pest control operators and licensed technicians. These products are normally in concentrated form with higher amount of killing ingredients;
  • The container/package is labelled as per requirements prescribed in English and in one other official language in Singapore;
  • The label has a registration mark with particulars as prescribed by the Director-General;
  • The container should be impervious to the pesticide and sufficiently strong to prevent leakage from ordinary risks of handling.

Prior to listing any pesticide-related products on eBay, sellers should review the relevant information relating to registration of pesticides and the law governing such items on the following Web sites:

National Environment Agency’s (NEA)’s Web site - opens in new window or tab

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)’s Web site - opens in new window or tab

Control of Vectors and Pesticides Act (Cap 59) - opens in new window or tab


Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay urges its sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental laws and regulations. Since the sale of pesticides are prohibited by law, regulated, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, sellers may not list them on eBay.

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