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Representative Office Registration

A representative office is setup for the purpose of liaising with the foreign parent company. Its main purpose is to conduct market research and explore business opportunities in Singapore. It is not supposed to indulge in profit making business operations.

A Singapore Representative office (RO) is an extension of the foreign company. It is a temporary setup established to conduct market research activities, feasibility studies and for exploring business potential of Singapore. As the name suggests, it is merely an administrative office that manages and coordinates non-commercial tasks of the foreign parent company.


Key Points of Singapore Representative Office Registration

  • The Singapore representative office name must be the same as that of the parent company or foreign company.
  • As part of the support staff, the representative office in Singapore may employ locals but it must have a chief representative of the parent company to overlook the operations in Singapore.
  • The initial registration of the Singapore representative office is 1 year, which can further be renewed annually up to maximum of 3 years.
  • At we help you in the process of setting up an RO in Singapore with utmost ease providing services such as getting you registered with ACRA, documents related formalities and so on.
  • The representative office must have a registered address in Singapore.
  • In the eventuality of the parent company becoming dormant, the RO has to de-register in Singapore.

Guidelines for Registering a Representative Office in Singapore

  • Any foreign company looking to set up a representative office in Singapore must have been an established entity for 3 years or more.
  • The annual turnover of the foreign company must exceed S$250,000.
  • The Singapore RO is not entitled to employ more than 5 people as stipulated by ACRA.

At Singapore Taxation, we help you in the process of setting up an RO in Singapore with utmost ease. We also helps with services such as your company registration with ACRA, documents related formalities and so on.

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