The 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.
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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 experts in opening companies 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.
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 in order to open a company in Singapore as a retail store depend on the products one wants to sell. The list of business licenses includes:
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.