The development of the accommodation industry has also led to the growth of the restaurants sector and many foreign investors are interested in opening a company in this segment in Singapore. Most the restaurants offer various courses based on the international cuisine which is why they need to import most of the foodstuff. It must also be taken into consideration that all traders and restaurants selling or preparing food are subject to stringent requirements imposed by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority in Singapore (AVA).
Our Singapore company formation agents can offer more information on the licenses required to import food in the city-state.
The AVA issues several types of special licenses for those importing foodstuff in Singapore based on the type of products imported and their use. Singapore companies in the industries related to food products can import both fresh and processed food products. Special regulations apply to certain products such as eggs, fish and other meat products.
The import of fresh food also includes vegetables and fruit and falls under the Control of Plants Act which provides for certain requirements these products must comply with. Also, all fresh food imported into Singapore must be labeled with the name and address of the producer, the products’ expiration date and a description of the merchandise. Considering a company will usually import more than one product, the company is required to obtain an import license for each food product.
Companies importing processed food into Singapore are also required to apply for an import permit issued by the AVA. The foodstuff must be produced in proper conditions and for that reason they must be accompanied by certified documents stating these conditions. Additionally, the importer must also provide information about the expiry date of the products, the names of the producer and importer, the quantity of the product and a description of the foodstuff and its packaging.
Companies importing food into Singapore must first register with the Customs Authority and obtain an UEN number and must also open a GIRO account with the AVA.
For assistance in obtaining special licenses for importing food into Singapore, do not hesitate to contact our company registration representatives.