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Overview Singapore

Insights into the regulations, traditions, and logistics of Singapore.

Country : Singapore
Currency: Singapore Dollar
Calling code: +65
Area: 722.5 km2 (279 sq miles)
Population: 5.85 Million
Density: 8383 per km²

1. Are there typical greeting rituals?

First of all, Singapore is a multiracial and multicultural country with Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Usually, people will always address each other depending on their age group. Most of us will conserve in English, except the older age group will converse in their own dialects group.

2. What business rules are to be followed?

Building a friendship is far more important than just clinching a deal. We aim to be partners for long term, valuing relationships over small benefits. Being sincere and accountable towards customers allow us to gain their confidence in us.

3. What prejudices are there and which of these are actually true?

Singapore has an extensive network of Free Trade Agreements with more than 30 trading partners to enhance its access to major markets. This encourages companies across the logistics chain to operate from Singapore, as they know they can count on frequent and reliable connections to reach global markets quickly. In fact, high-frequency connections sometimes allow goods to reach their destination faster via Singapore than they would through direct shipments!

4. What subjects are discussed during small talk?

It's always about food! Don't be surprised that you can find a lot of affordable and good food around Singapore. We will also talk about the latest topics on social media/current affairs or share about family topics.

Merlion Park | Singapore
5. What commodities play an important role in the country and to which countries does it export to and from which countries does it import from the most part?

a. Export - Refined Petroleum, Integrated Circuits, Computers - China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia

b. Import -Electrical Machinery Equipment, Mineral Fuels, Vehicles - China, United States, Japan

6. What special logistics obstacles/difficulties are there on location?

Singapore land is small. As such, we have limited space constraints for logistics industry. If Singapore have bigger land like our neighboring countries, based on our abilities, we believe that we can achieve to even greater heights.

7. What goods were the most exciting or unusual that were transported by Fr. Meyer's Sohn or of which you have heard?

Hello Kitty Plush/Figurines for Hello Kitty & Friends Christmas event at Singapore Changi Airport. It was a big scale and popular event that attracted both locals and tourists.

8. Are there traditional dishes that are eaten on specific holidays, for instance?

Chilli Crab! It was created in 1953. A couple was trying to come up with new ways to cook crab. They hit the jackpot when they came up with a chilli-and-tomato-sauce concoction which we now famously known as Chilli crab. It was started by a makeshift pushcart seafood restaurant which it got so popular that Singaporeans recognized as a National Dish.

9. What must absolutely be experienced or seen there?
  • Jewel Changi (World tallest indoor waterfall at 40M, Pokemon Centre, Forest Valley)
  • Sentosa Island (Universal Studio) Marina Bay Sands, Garden by the Bay, Merlion Park

Singapore is generally accessible by public transport such as bus, train and taxi, different modes of transport are easily available to have an ease of travelling around.

Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing | Fr. Meyer's Sohn


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