Singapore Country Commercial Guide

Doing Business in Singapore

Provides a broad overview of the market and the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting here. Recommends strategies for entering the market and summarizes challenges or barriers for U.S. companies.

Market Overview
Market Challenges

Market Opportunities
Market Entry Strategy

Political and Economic Environment

Links to the State Department’s website for background information on the country’s political environment, its bilateral relationship with the U.S. and the country’s membership in international organizations.

Political Environment


Selling U.S. Products and Services

Provides guidance and best practices for selling U.S. products and services in the market, includes typical use of agents and selling to the government. Provides steps for establishing an office or joint-venture/licensing partner, and conducting due diligence. Discusses the state of e-commerce, franchising, and direct marketing.

Using an Agent to Sell US Products and Services
Establishing an Office


Direct Marketing

Joint Ventures/Licensing

Selling to the Government

Distribution and Sales Channels

Express Delivery

Selling Factors and Techniques

Limitations on Selling US Products and Services

Trade Promotion and Advertising


Sales Service/Customer Support

Protecting Intellectual Property

Due Diligence

Principle Business Associations

Local Professional Services

Web Resources

Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports and Investment

Identifies the top industry sectors that have potential in the market. Provides a general overview of each sector, including trade data, challenges, sub-sector best prospects, and a list of relevant websites and trade shows.

Agricultural Sectors
Aircraft and Parts

Computer Hardware, Software and Peripherals


Environmental Control Equipment

Laboratory and Scientific Equipment
Medical Devices

Oil and Gas

Telecommunication Equipment

Trade Regulations, Customs and Standards

Describes trade regulations, customs and standards in the market. Provides information on import tariffs and documentation U.S firms should be aware of when exporting, including any prohibited items or temporary entry procedures.

Import Tariffs
Trade Barriers

Import Requirements and Documentation

U.S. Export Controls

Temporary Entry

Labeling/Marking Requirements

Prohibited & Restricted Imports
Customs Regulations

Trade Standards

Trade Agreements

Web Resources

Investment Climate Statement

Describes the country’s openness to foreign investments and provides information on the country’s investment policies, the labor market, political violence and levels of corruption. Describes foreign trade zones and laws for protecting property rights.

Executive Summary
Openness to Foreign Investment

Conversion and Transfer Policies

Expropriation and Compensation

Dispute Settlement

Performance Requirements/Investment Incentives

Right to Private Ownership and Establishment

Protection of Property Rights

Transparency of the Regulatory System

Efficient Capital Markets/Portfolio Investment

Competition from State-Owned Enterprises
Corporate Social Responsibility

Political Violence


Bilateral Investment Agreements

OPIC and Investment Insurance Programs


Foreign Trade Zones/Free Ports

Foreign Direct Investment Statistics

Investment Climate Statement Contact

Trade and Project Financing

Describes the country’s financial system and how U.S. firms typically get paid. Describes the banking system and provides information on foreign exchange controls in the market. Describes important sources of funding for project financing.

Methods of Payment
Banking Systems

Foreign Exchange Controls

U.S. and Local Correspondent Banks
Project Financing

Web Resources

Business Travel

Describes relevant business travel information and business customs, includes any special visa or entry requirements, potential health risks, travel advisories and information on travelling around the country.

Business Customs
Travel Advisory

Visa Requirements




Local Time, Business Hours, & Holidays

Temporary Entry of Materials

Web Resources

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