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Starting a Publishing Company in Singapore

Updated on Thursday 19th May 2016

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Starting-a-Publishing-Company-in-SingaporeThe publishing industry in Singapore

With one of the highest literacy rates in the world, the publishing industry in Singapore provides high quality newspaper, specialty books and magazines. Considering the well-regulated intellectual property protection regime and the educated labor force, Singapore has one of the most appreciated publishing industries in the Middle-East. Moreover, publishing companies in Singapore benefit from the Publishing Grant Scheme enabled by the National Arts Council. The Publishing Grant Scheme offers both local and foreign enterprisers up to 20,000 SGD per year for publishing or translating Singapore artists.

For setting up a publishing company or additional information about the Publishing Grant Scheme you may rely on our Singapore consultants in company registration.

The video below presents the main steps and requirements to start a publishing business in Singapore:

Obtaining a newspaper or a printing press permit in Singapore

All Singapore companies conducting written publishing activities are required to obtain a newspaper or a printing press permit. Newspaper permits must be obtained with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), while the printing press permit is issued by the Registrar of Newspapers. Newspaper permits in Singapore are required for the following activities:

  • - printing or publishing a newspaper in Singapore
  • - selling and distributing foreign newspapers in Singapore.

The printing press permit is required for publishing companies in Singapore operating presses in order to print publications. Before applying for a printing press license, one must have a company registered with the Singapore Companies Register and must have permit from URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) to run a printing press in the desired location.

The Singapore Newspaper and Printing Press Act also allows companies to run online publishing activities without any licensing requirements. However, companies providing internet content in Singapore must register with the Media and Development Authority.

Are there any other requirements for setting up a publishing company in Singapore?

The publishing industry implies a wide range of activities which is certain additional special license may be required in Singapore. Among these are advertisement licenses and a license to reproduce currency designs. One must also choose the appropriate location to set up the publishing company in and hire staff.

For complete information about publishing licensing requirements and documentation we invite you to contact our Singapore company incorporation agents.




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