Singapore Offshore Companies

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Incorporation of Singapore offshore companies, corporate banking and related offshore company management services.
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The Republic of Singapore is well known as one of the four Asian Tigers. It is a city state located at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula with a population of approximately 4.8 million.

Singapore is a business friendly, International Financial Center, with major banks, hundreds of foreign companies and thousands of expats. It is the 4th largest foreign exchange trading centre in the world and the world's busiest port. The official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamili. English is the administrative language and is widely spoken.


Like Hong Kong, Singapore has no offshore legislation. Corporate taxes are based on a "territorial" feature. That is, income is only taxed if it is earned in Singapore and/or remitted into Singapore.

However, taxes are quite low with thre maximum at 17%. There are exemptions for the first three (3) years of operations, plus lower taxes after three years depending upon the company's taxable income. This can bring the tax rate down to 8.5%. However, if management and control is exercised outside of Singapore, these exemptions do not apply.

If you wish your Singapore company to be non-taxable then you should have a bank account outside of Singapore, and do not remit funds into Singapore. Of course, you can do both; remit funds into Singapore which will be taxable and keep funds outside of Singapore which will not be taxable.

Contact Maritime International Ltd. for further details.

Note that the trans-shipment of goods through Singapore ports by a Singapore company, does NOT make the company taxable in Singapore.

Singapore companies are relatively expensive, but overall it is an excellent jurisdiction. You will require a resident Singapore Director and a resident Singapore Secretary, so these add to the cost of the jurisdiction. The resident Secretary is included in our fees, the same as in Hong Kong, since the Secretary must perform a number of legal functions and is not just a "passive" Secretary. The "resident" Director can be provided by Maritime International Ltd. at an additional fee, or the client can provide a local Singapore resident, known to them, to be the "resident" Director.

Please be aware that the names of Directors and Shareholders are in the public record. It is important therefore, if privacy is desired, that a nominee Shareholder be used. The nominee Shareholder will be provided by Maritime International Ltd. and a Declaration of Trust will be issued to the owners, declaring that they are the owners of the company and the nominee Shareholder operates under their direction. The nominee Shareholder is in the public record.

You will already have a resident Director, which is required under Singapore law. The resident Director will then issue you a Power of Attorney (POA) to run the company. The resident Director does not sign on the bank account. The POA is not in the public record.

Singapore has a GST tax of 7%, which is included in our fees. Check other offers carefully.

Accounts must be kept by the company and submitted annually to the relevant government authorities. Audited accounts are not required if:

  • The company turn over is less than S$ 5 million.
  • The company has less than 20 shareholders.
  • There are no corporate shareholders.

Accounting services are available in Singapore at our office there, or any other certified accountant may be used. Contact Maritime International Ltd. for details.


Location of Jurisdiction Singapore - South East Asia
Official Language English, Chinese, Malay and Tamili. English is widely spoken.
Political Stability Excellent
Residency Available Yes, if desired.
Corporate Taxes None, if no income is derived from Singapore sources.
Tax Information Exchange Agreements Read More
Disclosure of Beneficial Owner(s) Yes, but Nominees may be used. Read More
Time to Incorporate 24 to 48 hours.

Type of Offshore Company Private Limited Company
Type of Law English Common Law
Allowed Business Activities Very few restrictions. Read Details
Registered Office Required by Law - Read More
Virtual Office Services Available
Change of Domicile Not Allowed
Language of Documents English
Corporate Seal A metal corporate seal is mandatory (included in our fees).

Eligibility Any person or company of any nationality, plus one Singapore resident.
Minimum Number of Directors One Director must be a Singapore resident.
Disclosure to Authorities & Public Yes, but Nominees can be used. Read More
Residence Required May Reside Anywhere. One Director must be resident in Singapore.
Resident Director Available Yes. Provided by Maritime International Ltd. The resident Director, required by law acts as the nominee and issues the usual POA to the beneficial owner.
Location of Meetings Anywhere

Local Secretary Required Yes, must be a Singapore resident.
Local Secretary Available Yes. Provided by Maritime International Ltd. - Read More

Minimum Number of Shareholders One
Maximum Number of Shareholders 20. Audited accounts are required for companies with over 20 shareholders.
Eligibility Any person or company of any nationality.
Disclosure to Authorities & Public Yes, but Nominees can be used. Read More
Nominee Shareholders Available Yes. Provided by Maritime International Ltd. - Read More
Annual General Meetings Required - Read More
Location of Meetings Anywhere

Minimum Number of Shares One
Maximum Number of Shares Unlimited
Bearer Shares Permitted No
Classes of Shares Permitted Ordinary shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights. (No par value shares are not permitted).

Permitted Currencies Any
Minimum Paid Up Share Capital SG$1.00 or US$ 1.00
Maximum Share Capital Unlimited
Recommended Share Capital SG$ 50,000 or US$ 50,000 (other currencies are permitted)
Requirement to be Paid Up No

Keep Accounts/Company Books Yes. Read More
File Accounts with Government No, under certain circumstances. Read More
Bank Account Location Anywhere - Read More
Brokerage Account Read More
Exchange Controls None



Nominee Directors & Shareholders, Virtual Office Services, Mailing Address, Basic Account Maintenance, Invoicing and Accounting Services, Employee Contracts, Document Safekeeping and general Corporate services. More details are available on our Management Services page.


The names of the Directors and Shareholders are required to be filed with the Government and they are also available in the public record.

Privacy can be provided through the use of a resident Director(s) and nominee Shareholder(s). Only the resident and nominee names are filed with the Government and appear in the public record. The Beneficial Owner of the company and the Power of Attorney issued to him/her to run the company, are not required to be filed with the Government or placed in the public record.


The following names require licensing to be used: Bank, Insurance, Assurance, Re-Insurance, Fund Management, Investment Fund, Chamber of Commerce. Names denoting any connection to local, state or national Governments are generally prohibited, as well as politically sensitive names.


The following can be used: Private Limited or Pte Ltd. only.

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