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Open a Commodity Trading Business in Singapore

Open a Commodity Trading Business in Singapore

Singapore is one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia, as many commodities pass through here on the way in and out of Asia. This is also one of the reasons for which trading is one of the most important industries in Singapore and the success of companies operating in this sector is almost guaranteed.

Foreign investors who want to open companies in Singapore can choose to create commodity trading businesses and deliver goods all over the world from the city-state’s ports or airports. When opened in one of Singapore’s free zones, a commodity trading company will benefit from certain taxation exemptions.

Our Singapore company formation agents can offer more information on the advantages of setting up a commodity trading business in the Lion City.

We also invite you to watch our video on how to open a commodity trading company in Singapore:

Requirements to establish a Singapore commodity trading company in 2024

This type of business is regulated by the Singapore Commodity Trading Act, which is why there are a few requisites which must be respected when starting this type of venture. The first thing to know is that under the Singapore law, a product is considered a commodity if it is traded under one of the following methods:

  • through a commodity forwarding contract;
  • under spot commodity trading;
  • under commodity indexes;
  • as leveraged commodity trading;
  • under a contract made for trading differences.

Also, Singapore commodity trading companies must have their merchandise approved by International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) within the Ministry for Trade and Industry.

The company formation procedure in Singapore is the same as for any other type of company and can be completed by our local consultants.

Licenses for commodity trading companies in Singapore

Another key aspect related to opening a commodity trading company in Singapore in 2024 is the licensing procedure. There are several types of licenses the company can apply for. These are:

  • a commodity broker’s license;
  • a spot commodity broker’s license;
  • a commodity trading adviser’s license;
  • a commodity pool operator’s license;
  • a spot commodity pool operator’s license.

The documents required to apply for a commodity trading license in Singapore are:

  • the latest balance sheet of the company;
  • the latest income statement;
  • an audit report.

Commodities trading sector in Singapore

Commodities trading is one of the prolific industries of Singapore, as numbers show:

  • that in 2024, the nominal value of this market is estimated to reach USD 501.7 billion;
  • the number of contracts is expected to reach a total of value of 39,340 by 2028;
  • the sector is projected to reach an annual growth of 3.38% between 2024 and 2028.

This industry is currently registering growth thanks to the rise in the trading volume, as well as to the interest of a rising number of investors. They are mostly interested in derivates and futures.

For assistance in registering a commodity trading company or more information on the commodity trading license, please contact our Singapore company formation specialists.