Representative Office (RO)

A foreign office may establish a presence in Singapore by setting up a representative office. It's for foreign entities that are keen on exploring the viability of Doing Business in Singapore or are interested in using Singapore as a launch pad into the APAC.

The proposed number of staff for the RO should be less than 5 people. All RO should be registered with Enterprise Singapore. 

A representative office may operate in Singapore for a maximum of 3 years from its commencement date, provided that the representative office status is renewed annually after evaluation by Singapore. The foreign company’s sales turnover must exceed US$250,000 and must have been established for at least 3 years. The activities of a representative office are strictly limited to “market research and feasibility studies”. A RO should not act on behalf of other companies in the same group.

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