Export Assistance: Singapore

Annual 2019|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Singapore|Singapore|11/14/2019

Singapore has a highly developed and competitive hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) industry that is fueled by robust tourism and consumer spending. As there is minimal local agricultural production, the country’s HRI sector is highly dependent on imports for its food and beverage requirements. In 2018, the country’s tourist receipts topped $27 billion USD, of which $2 billion USD was derived from food and beverage sales. Top U.S. product prospects for the Singaporean HRI industry include dairy, pork, processed vegetables, wine & beer, and beef.
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Annual 2019|Food Processing Ingredients|Singapore|Singapore|8/1/2019

Almost all raw materials for the Singaporean food processing industry are imported, as local agricultural production is minimal. Total industry output value in 2018 was almost $8 billion USD.   The main products produced by the Singaporean food processing industry include flavorings, sauces, ready-to-eat meals, noodles, deli meat, sausage, confectionary, chocolates, snacks and beverages (including beer).

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FAIRS Annual Country Report 2018|FAIRS Annual Country Report|Singapore|Singapore|2/22/2019

This report provides information on the regulations and procedures for the importation of food and agricultural products from the United States to Singapore.   Although the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is currently the national body responsible for implementing food regulations in the country, a new government agency called the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is scheduled to take over food-related regulatory responsibilities in April 2019.

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FAIRS Export Certificate Report Annual 2018|FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Singapore|Singapore|2/22/2019

This report discusses food and agricultural export product certificates currently required by the Singapore Government.  The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is the national authority responsible for ensuring food safety and food regulations in the country.  In April 2019, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will take over AVA’s food related work, including regulatory responsibilities.

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Annual 2018|Exporter Guide|Singapore|Singapore|2/20/2019

Singapore’s highly import dependent, multi-billion dollar food industry is driven by robust consumer spending, high disposable incomes and intense urbanization.   The country’s trade and regulatory policies are decidedly focused on ensuring consistent foreign supply of high quality food and agricultural products. Singapore’s total agricultural product imports in 2017 reached $9.7 billion USD, roughly ten percent of which was sourced from the United States.

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Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional 2018 Annual | Singapore | 12/10/2018

Singapore has a highly developed and competitive hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) industry that is fueled by robust tourism, business travel and consumer spending. As there is virtually no local agricultural production, the country is almost entirely dependent upon imports for all of its food requirements. In 2017, the country’s tourist receipts topped $20 billion, of which $2 billion was derived from food and beverage sales. Download (PDF)


Agricultural Biotechnology Annual 2018 | Singapore |12/11/2018|

Singapore does not have any domestic commercial production of plant biotechnology. As of October 2018, 35 genetically engineered (GE) plant products have been approved for use as food or food ingredients in the country. Singapore does not have any specific guidelines on the labeling of GE products but is closely following international trends and practices on the issue.

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Food Service|Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Singapore|Singapore|12/10/2018

Singapore has a highly developed and competitive hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) industry that is fueled by robust tourism, business travel and consumer spending. As there is virtually no local agricultural production, the country is almost entirely dependent upon imports for all of its food requirements. In 2017, the country’s tourist receipts topped $20 billion, of which $2 billion was derived from food and beverage sales. Top U.S. product prospects for the Singaporean HRI industry include fresh/frozen potatoes, seafood, dried fruits, tree nuts, beef and wine & beer.

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Annual 2018|Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|7/4/2018

Singapore’s retail foods sector is very competitive, yet diverse and dynamic. The city-state is dependent on international trade and imports over 90 per cent of its food needs. The affluent Singaporeans are more willing to spend on food and some wouldn’t mind paying for premium foods. In 2017, Singapore imported $13 billion worth of agriculture, fish and forestry products. The United States was the fourth largest supplier with a market share of eight per cent valued at US$1 billion.
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Annual 2017|Exporter Guide|Singapore|Singapore|11/24/2017
The United States is Singapore’s leading supplier for consumer oriented products with a total import value of $616 million after Malaysia. It is also the city-state’s fifth largest supplier for agriculture, fish, and forestry products valued at $893 million. The Singapore market is dynamic yet competitive, with potential in new, premium, and healthy products.
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Annual 2017|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Singapore|Singapore|11/6/2017
Singapore has a vibrant, highly dynamic and competitive Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional (HRI) sector. Strong demand by business travelers and rising number of tourists drive the HRI sector offering opportunities for U.S. exporters. This sector serviced some 5.5 million residents and 16.4 million tourists and business visitors in 2016. Tourist receipts totaled $18.2 billion, of which $2.06 were for food and beverage.
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Annual 2017|Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|11/2/2017
Singapore’s retail foods sector is highly developed, diverse, dynamic and competitive with different market segmentation. It is an open economy and dependent on international trade and imports 90 per cent of its food needs. In 2016, Singapore imported $11 billion worth of agriculture, fish, and forestry products. The United States was the fourth largest supplier with a market share of eight per cent valued US$872 million.
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Halal in Singapore |Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|5/23/2017
The global halal industry has grown significantly in recent years. Its food sector alone is estimated to grow to $2.5 trillion by 2019, about 21.2 per cent of global food expenditure. In Singapore, a non-Muslim country, its halal food industry has gained importance as a globally recognized halal hub due to the country’s tourism and business location; stringent food safety laws; and recognized halal standards.
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Halal in Singapore |Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|4/3/2017
The global Halal industry has grown significantly in recent years. Its food sector alone is estimated to grow to $ 2.5 trillion by 2019, about 21.2 per cent of global food expenditure. In Singapore, a non-Muslim country, its Halal food industry has gained importance as a globally recognized Halal hub due to the country’s tourism and business location, stringent food safety laws, and recognized Halal standards. This report talks about the global and regional Halal food industry as well as the Halal food situation in Singapore, including an overview of the Halal food sector, Halal certification, Halal certificate procedures/process; and export of Halal products.
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Organic Foods |Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|3/31/2017
Singapore’s organic foods market is a niche with a moderate consumer base comprising mainly expatriates, affluent Singaporeans, and millennial, who are willing to pay premium prices for healthy choices. The total estimated retail value of organics is US$10 – 15 million in CY 2015. Singapore’s retail food sector total sales were US$6 billion in CY2015.
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The Global and U.S. Meat Outlook seminar in Singapore |Market Development Reports|Singapore|Singapore|3/20/2017
In co-operation with FAS Singapore, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) organized the “Global and U.S. Outlook” Seminar on February 7, 201, in Singapore. This report presents USMEF’s projections of the global and U.S. red meat situation and outlook for 2017. As for the Singapore market, there may be a slight rebound this year as U.S. pork gains competitiveness against the European Union, and U.S. beef gains competitiveness against Australia.
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FAIRS Export Certificate Report 2016|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Singapore|Singapore|1/16/2017
The report provides information on export certificates that the Singapore government requires. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (www.ava.gov.sg ) is the national authority responsible for ensuring food safety and food regulations in the country. While Singapore maintains a generally liberal and open trade system, it has strict regulations on the imports of meats, poultry and shellfish for mainly food safety reasons.
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Annual 2016|Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|12/20/2016

Singapore is one of the world’s most open economies and highly dependent upon international trade as it imports 90 per cent of its food needs. Singapore’s retail foods market is diverse, dynamic, and extremely competitive. Best prospect products include fresh and frozen poultry, general grocery items, dairy products, snack foods including tree nuts, fresh and processed meat products, fresh produce, fresh and frozen fish and seafood, processed fruit and vegetables, and juices.
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FAIRS Country Report 2016|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Singapore|Singapore|12/22/2016

This report provides regulations and procedures for the importation of food and agricultural products to Singapore. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is the national authority responsible for ensuring food safety and food regulations in the country. The report also includes contact information for governmental regulatory agencies and import specialists. For detailed information on certificates to export to Singapore, please refer to the latest version of GAIN FAIRS Certificate Report 2016 (Singapore).
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Annual 2016|Food Processing Ingredients|Singapore|Singapore|12/14/2016

As Singapore is highly dependent on imported foods, it is one of Asia’s largest importers of processed food and beverage products. With limited agricultural resources, raw materials for the food processing industry are mostly imported. Local food manufacturers cannot meet demands for both domestic and re-export markets. Due to demographic and lifestyle changes, the sector is expected to expand. There are emerging trends such as growing demand for healthier products.
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Annual 2016|Exporter Guide|Singapore|Singapore|12/14/2016

Singapore is the fourth largest market for U.S. agriculture, fish, and forestry products. It is a leading market for high-value consumer-oriented products. The market is dynamic with great interest in new products, yet very competitive. Leading U.S. prospects are temperate fruits, dairy products including artisan cheese, further processed meat products, prepared foods, edible nuts, healthy snacks, and fruit juices.
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2016|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Singapore|Singapore|9/6/2016

Singapore’s Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional (HRI) sector is highly dynamic and competitive, with steady growth in all sectors. The HRI sector has been driven by strong demand from business travelers and economic growth, and the industry offers opportunities for U.S. exporters. The HRI sector serviced some 5.5 million residents and 15 million tourists and business visitors in 2015. Tourist receipts totaled $16.5 billion. Leading prospects include prime beef cuts and seafood, dairy and specialty foods and wines for the sector.

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2015|Exporter Guide|Singapore|3/2/2016

Singapore is the fourth largest market for U.S. agriculture, fish, and forestry products. Singapore is a leading market for high-value consumer-oriented products. The market is dynamic with strong interest in new products, yet very competitive. Leading U.S. prospects are temperate fruits, dairy products, further processed meat products, prepared foods, edible nuts, snacks, and fruit juices. Download (PDF)


Singapore Opens Market to Full Range of U.S. Beef Products|Singapore|2/8/2016

Reissue report with update on AVA contact detail. Singapore has increased the range of U.S. beef products that can be imported to include boneless and bone-in cuts, processed beef products, and offal. Heretofore, Singapore had only allowed boneless cuts derived from cattle less than 30 months of age. U.S. establishments’ eligibility to export these products to Singapore and the eligibility of the various beef and beef products is subject to certain conditions. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Export Certificate Report Annual 2015|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Singapore|Singapore|1/13/2016

This report provides information on the export certificates the Singapore government requires. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA; www.ava.gov.sg) is the national authority responsible for ensuring food safety and food regulations in the country. While Singapore maintains a generally liberal and open trade system, the country has strict regulations on the imports of meats, poultry and shellfish. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Country Report 2015 Annual|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Singapore|Singapore|1/7/2016

This report provides information on the regulations and procedures for the importation of food and agricultural products to Singapore. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA; www.ava.gov.sg ) is the national authority responsible for ensuring food safety and food regulations in the country. The report also includes contact information for government regulatory agencies Download (PDF)


Annual 2015|Food Processing Ingredients|Singapore|Singapore|1/7/2016

Due to its high dependency on imported foods, Singapore is one of Asia’s largest importers of processed food and beverage products. In 2014, the U.S. exported a record of US$ 608.1 million in consumer oriented products, which was an increase of percent from 2013. As the country has limited agricultural resources, raw materials for the food processing industry are largely imported too. The limited local food manufacturers are incapable of meeting demands for both the domestic and re-export mar… Download (PDF)


Annual 2015|Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|12/15/2015

Singapore is one of the world’s most open economies and is highly dependent upon international trade. Singapore’s retail foods market is diverse, dynamic and extremely competitive. Singapore only produces 10 percent of its own food and imports 90 percent from other countries. Consumer spending on food and beverages is expected to grow 5 percent annually from 2016 through 2018 which will drive continued growth in the retail foods sector. Download (PDF)


Singapore Opens Market to Full Range of U.S. Beef Products|FAIRS Subject Report|Singapore|Singapore|5/4/2015

Singapore has increased the range of U.S. beef products that can be imported to include boneless and bone-in cuts, processed beef products, and offal. Heretofore, Singapore had only allowed boneless cuts derived from cattle less than 30 months of age. U.S. establishments’ eligibility to export these products to Singapore and the eligibility of the various beef and beef products is subject to certain conditions. These conditions are described herein. Download (PDF)


Annual 2014|Exporter Guide|Singapore|Singapore|11/12/2014

Singapore is a leading market for high-value consumer-oriented products. The market is very dynamic, with interest in new products, yet also very competitive. Leading U.S. prospects are temperate fruits, dairy products, further processed meat products, prepared foods, nuts, and fruit juices Download (PDF)


Annual 2014|Retail Foods|Singapore|Singapore|10/30/2014

Singapore’s retail foods market is diverse, dynamic, and extremely competitive. Almost all retail food is imported. Three main chains dominate the retail sector. Consumer spending on food and beverages is expected to grow 5 percent annually through 2018, which will drive continued growth in the retail sector. Demand from Singapore’s retail sector is fueling growth in U.S. exports of consumer oriented food products. Download (PDF)


GE Policy|Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies|Singapore|Singapore|10/1/2014

Singapore has no significant import barriers to products containing GE ingredients or products derived from GE crops. There have been no changes to regulations since the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) revised its Biosafety Guidelines Research in January 2013. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Country Report 2014|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Singapore|Singapore|3/13/2014

This report contains information and regulations on importing and marketing food products in Singapore. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is the national authority for food regulations. AVA’s website (www.ava.gov.sg) is the best source of information on Singapore’s import regulations. Download (PDF)


Excise Tax Increase on Alcoholic Beverages |Trade Policy Monitoring|Singapore|Singapore|2/27/2014

Singapore recently announced that excise taxes on alcoholic beverages will be increased 25 percent. Demand for these products is somewhat price inelastic in Singapore, so minimal impact is expected on imports. In 2013, the U.S. exported a record $14.3 million in wine and beer to Singapore, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. Download (PDF)


Singapore Exporter Guide 2013|Exporter Guide|Singapore|Singapore|12/20/2013

The year 2012 witnessed a deep cut in Singapore’s economic growth rate from 4.9% in 2011 to 2.5 % in 2012. The fall was attributed to an overall slowdown in the major drivers of the economy, in particular, the electronics manufacturing industry. Several other economic sectors including wholesale and retail trade transport & storage and business services experienced a similar, significant reduction in growth rates. Download (PDF)


Agricultural Biotechnology Annual|Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies|Singapore|Singapore|8/19/2013

This report also highlights the revisions made in January 2013 to the Bio safety Guidelines on Research. No other significant policies or regulatory changes in the Agro biotechnology sector in Singapore were made in the 12 month-period since the last report. One new GMO has been approved since. Download (PDF)