Singapore: Why This Country is an Excellent Market for British Food and Drink Products

February 28, 2022

Singapore continues to be one of the UK’s key trading partners, acting as a gateway to the Asia Pacific region. In fact, last year alone, the UK exported over £4.5 billion of goods and services to this tiny island state.

So why should you look to export food and drink products to this small but incredibly wealthy nation?

Why Export British Produce to Singapore?

First and foremost, the two nations have always had close ties, and even today, the official language for business is English. After Brexit, Singapore is one of several countries that have signed a bilateral trade agreement that has reduced the number of tariffs between the two counties on a range of goods and services (including a Digital Trade Agreement).

Secondly, there is a healthy British expat population in Singapore, and delegations of British business people often frequent the region to conduct meetings and other important company business. All of which creates more than enough demand for leading British products that remind them of home.

What Do You Need to Import British Food and Drink to Singapore?

If you’re looking to import food and drink products from the UK to Singapore, you need to have a number of items in place. First, it would be best to liaise with the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to establish what can and cannot be imported.

Then, once you have an idea of what you would like to bring to the country (with the help of a UK export company such as Leverbrook Export), you need to take the following steps:

  1. Check what your food is classified as.
  2. Apply for a trader’s licence or register with the SFA.
  3. Comply with relevant food legislation.
  4. Satisfy SFA’s labelling requirements.
  5. Meet SFA’s conditions for specific food types.
  6. Apply for an import permit.
  7. Book an inspection for the food products to be imported.

To learn more about the complete list of requirements for importing British food and drink into Singapore, you can check the SFA guidelines here.

Take the Hassle Out of Exporting UK Food and Drink to Singapore with Leverbrook Export

While those requirements above may seem a little strenuous, the great news is that you don’t have to tackle them alone. In fact, at Leverbrook Export, our goal is to do most, if not all, of the heavy lifting for you.

We can take care of all of the documentation, labelling requirements, and anything else you might need to ensure you enjoy a hassle-free experience. Our mission is to make exporting as smooth and straightforward as possible for you, so you can focus on what’s important – making your imported British products a success in this vibrant and growing market.

If you’re interested in exporting food and drink products to Singapore, get in touch with the Leverbrook Export team today. We would be more than happy to discuss your requirements on the phone (+44 (0) 151 645 3517) or via email at