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Open an E-Commerce Company in Singapore

Updated on Thursday 19th May 2016

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E-commerce is one of the fastest growing markets in the world helping business owners to attract more customers, increase sales and also offers them worldwide exposure. However, before starting an e-commerce company, there are several steps to be completed in order to ensure the business’ success. Like with all other types of companies Singapore has adapted its legislation in order to welcome investors setting up online businesses in the city-state. Before starting operating, the company should be registered with the Trade Register in Singapore.

Our  company formation representatives in Singapore will guide you through the company registration procedure. 

What are the licensing requirements for Singapore e-commerce businesses?

All online services in Singapore fall under the supervision of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority. All internet service providers and internet content providers are required to obtain the necessary licenses before starting operating in Singapore. Also, all e-commerce companies in Singapore are required to abide by the Internet Code of Practice. Depending on the type of products a Singapore e-commerce company intends to sell, there are several regulations providers of online services must respect:

  • - online gambling service providers are regulated by the Betting Act and the Common Gaming Houses Act,
  • - online financial services providers are subject to the Singapore Companies Law and its provision on financial services,
  • - online companies selling second hand goods are subject to the Second Hand Dealers Act and must obtain a license from the Deputy Commissioner of Police,
  • - promotional activities on the internet are subject to the Common Gaming Housing Act and the Public Entertainment Act in Singapore,
  • - online advertising falls under the regulations of the Singapore Code of Advertising Practice, the Computer Misuse Act and Consumer Protection Act.

What are the steps to open an e-commerce company in Singapore?

Once the company is registered with the Singapore Trade Register, the founder must set up the appropriate structure of the online platform. In order to do so, the following steps must be followed:

  • - the registration of the domain name,
  • - selecting a hosting service,
  • - designing and developing the website.

Once these steps are completed, the online company must also ensure all other storage facilities for the goods to be sold, the staff, the IT systems and delivery services.

You can contact our Singapore company formation agents for details about licensing requirements for e-commerce companies.




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