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Open a Retail Outlet in Singapore

Updated on Monday 18th December 2017

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Open-a-retail-outlet-in-SingaporeThe retail industry in Singapore is one of the most developed sectors, accounting for a significant share of the city-state Gross Domestic Product. The number of retail outlets increased significantly during the last few years thanks to the development of the tourism industry. Among the most sold products in Singapore retail stores are electronics, cosmetics, clothing articles, medicines and furniture. The sector also employs a large number of individuals living in Singapore. Retailers in the city-state can register with the Singapore Retailers Association which recently issued a code of good practice for outlets carrying out operations in the city-state.

You can also watch this video on how to open a retail store in Singapore:

Steps for setting up a retail store presented by our Singapore company formation agents

Foreign citizens who want to open a retail outlet in Singapore can do that by following several steps. The first step is to select a company name and submit for approval with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. Then one must have the company’s incorporation documents prepared and filed with the same authority. Our company registration agents in Singapore can draft the articles of association and handle the business registration procedure. The last steps before starting operating is to select the location for the retail store and apply for the appropriate license.

Licensing of retail outlets in Singapore

One of the most important aspects to take into consideration when opening a retail outlet in Singapore is the premises as it must comply with the regulations for the activities to be carried out within. The Urban Redevelopment Authority issues the special license for any retail activity.

The other licenses to be obtained when opening a retail store in Singapore depend on the products one wants to sell. The list of business licenses includes:

  • -          supermarket licenses for those setting up a supermarket;
  • -          a pharmacy license for those selling pharmaceutical products;
  • -          telecommunications dealer’s license for those selling telecom equipment;
  • -          liquor license for those selling spirits;

There are also cases in which certain authorities must be notified about the products to be sold in the Singapore retail outlet.

For assistance in obtaining one of the licenses above or any other permit, do not hesitate to contact our  company formation representatives in Singapore.




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