Sabadell International Business

Export to Singapore

Opportunities for Spanish companies in Singapore

Strong points

  • It is extremely easy to incorporate companies and do business.
  • This is a strategic country in the ASEAN group (logistics, financial, technology and business centre). The main ASEAN countries are: Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
  • Sound, consolidated, transparent and efficient legal system.
  • Political and economic stability.
  • Excellent infrastructure and its population has a high education and training level.


  • Limitation on physical space and population growth.
  • Vulnerable to external economic shocks.
  • High costs with a tendency to drop in competitiveness.
  • Some restrictions to granting work permits and quotas for new permanent residents.


  • Singapore is one of the main beneficiaries of foreign investments in Asia, and a good deal of these have been industrial investments.
  • Opportunities connected with fine chemicals and petrochemicals, the pharmaceutical sector and biotechnology, medical industry, services…
  • Right to transfer and repatriate in currencies, capital, profit, dividends, interest, loan repayments, royalties…
  • Incentives for foreign investment for high-added value sectors and research development.


  • Stability of the SGD.
  • The areas of the knowledge economy, high added value and development will be a priority in both the industrial and the service sector .
  • FTA agreement between Singapore and the EU: pending ratification by the EU Parliament (2018). Implementation of FTA in 2019.

Banco Sabadell in Singapore


Banco Sabadell’s relations with Singapore banks date back to the 1980s.
Over this time, close, sound bonds with all the banks in Singapore have been built up, thus covering the needs of Spanish exporters and investors.
The regional office of Banco Sabadell in Singapore was set up in 1990 and has enabled it to work in close cooperation with the market and the other countries in the region. The Singapore branch has consequently strengthened its capacity to assist and advise companies, investors, importers and exporters and is becoming well known in the country’s own financial and economic community.


Banco Sabadell in Singapore:

  • Quality personalised service for Spanish companies in their export and investment work in this country.
  • Commercial advice on the market, local banking and a wide range of financial products.
  • Monitoring operations, projects and competitive tenders

Business structure in Singapore

Incorporating a foreign company

Representative Office

Its only business must be the management of the company’s interests or those of its subsidiaries. It is not allowed to engage in business or any operations entailing income. Unlimited liability. The application may be submitted through the IES (


100% parent owned. This is only advisable for very specific cases (for 100% owned by the parent company.
This is only advisable in highly specific cases, for example, for tenders in infrastructures requiring this. The parent company takes on all the branch’s obligations and is more complicated to run than a private limited company (Pte Ltd). This requires two persons in charge, resident in Singapore. The business done has to be the same as the parent company’s. Unlimited Liability. The tax system applied is that of a non-resident company (it is not eligible for local tax rebates).

Singapore has a generally acknowledged sound and efficient legal system

Incorporating a business under Singapore law

Limited Liability Company

  • In the form of a private limited company Pte Ltd (Private Limited).
  • Partners: at least one. This can be 100% foreign (natural or legal).
  • Minimum capital of one share and capital paid up in accordance with the agreement between the founder members
  • One of the managers has to be resident in Singapore (but can be foreign).
  • Can perform all kinds of business except for financial and insurance

Joint venture

  • This is a very common form for doing business in both Singapore and the rest of Asia.
  • There is an arbitration tribunal
  • It must have the legal form of a private limited company (Pte Ltd).

Payment methods in Singapore

Exports to Singapore

  • Documentary Credit:
    this gives the seller the security of collecting payment before the goods are shipped. There is an option of financing the payer in Singapore (importer).
  • Collection:
    collection management of commercial documents with the purchaser by a bank in Singapore, usually by means of a sight draft or payment.
  • Guarantees for advance payment:
    performance bonds, deposits and also for regular transactions or capital goods
  • Forfaiting and factoring.


Imports from Singapore

  • Documentary Credit:
    bank commitment to pay, on condition that the documents accrediting export are submitted.
  • Import remittance:
    collection management of commercial documents with the purchaser by the Spanish bank.
  • Collateral.
  • Simple transfer:
    this is a common form of payment and collection

International negotiation protocol in Singapore

  • It is highly important to form relations and strive to maintain these
  • Regular visits and following these up
  • Offering a high standard of after-sales technical service (especially for exporters of equipment and machinery, industrial supplies, etc.)
  • Smooth negotiations
  • Public tenders are transparent and open (for infrastructures, it is vital to have a direct presence in Singapore).
  • It is important to have a local agent
  • Singapore people are easy to get on with and are usually well educated and technically trained.



Keck Seng Tower 133, Cecil Street, 09-01 A
069535 - Singapore
Tel. (+65) 6224 27 07