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Establishing a Trading Company in Singapore

Updated on Thursday 19th May 2016

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Establishing-a-Trading-Company-in-SingaporeThe registration of a Singapore trading company

Singapore is well-known for the trading facilities it offers and according to the latest reports issued by the World Trade Organization the city-state is the 14th largest exporter in the world with a trade to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio of 404.9. Singapore is home to almost 3000 international and domestic logistics and supply chain management companies that benefit from very well-established import and export procedures.

The first step to take when establishing a trading company is to register the company with the Trade Register in Singapore. The second step will be to register the company with the Singapore Customs. In Singapore, all importers and exporters must activate an account with the Customs authorities before starting their trading operations. The activation of an account takes about one or two days.

You can rely on our Singapore consultants in company formation for the registration procedure of trading companies in the city-state.
 

Applying for licenses and permits for trading in Singapore

In order to be able to import and export goods into and out of Singapore, trading companies must obtain an IN Permit, respectively an OUT Permit with the TradeNet. The OUT Permit is necessary for:

  • - controlled exported goods transported via railway or road,
  • - for non-controlled goods transported by sea or air,
  • - for exported good that have been first imported under the Temporary Import Scheme.

Imported or exported uncontrolled goods of a total value below 400 S$ on the CIF (Cost, Insurance, Freight) may benefit from special circumstances and not be required any license or permit in Singapore.

Special imported and exported goods in Singapore

Certain imported or exported goods traded by Singapore trading companies are subject to the control of the Controlling Agencies. These goods are known as controlled goods and require a special permit additionally to the IN or OUT Permit. Controlled goods include cigarettes, tobacco products, animals, foodstuff and pharmaceuticals.

Singapore trading companies involved in importing high-technology products may be required to provide an Import Certificate and Delivery Verification (ICDV) permit. The Singapore Customs Office will issue this type of license for importers. ICDV products must be imported in Singapore and not be exported in other countries.

Another type of license a trading company in Singapore must obtain is the Strategic Good Control (SGC) TradeNet Permit. The SGC permit is required for exporting, transshipping or bringing Strategic Goods that are used for weapons.  Singapore trading companies may also be required for a Certificate of Origin (CO) when exporting locally produced goods.

If you want to set up a trading company and need details about all required licenses and permits please contact our specialists in company incorporation in Singapore.

 

 

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