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3 Best Regions to Find a Supplier in Singapore

Singapore’s geography is complicated to say the least. As one of the world’s three city-states, Singapore’s small size and dense population make it difficult to establish hard regional, territorial, and even city lines.

 

As a result, the island nation has opted to avoid establishing metropolises, and instead separated the country vaguely into “regions.” Within these large regions are “planning areas,” where housing is gradually being erected, and Community Development Council Districts. These districts are the most town-like areas in Singapore, with economic statistics and their own mayor.

 

Knowing where to look will speed up your dealings in Singapore, and can make an expensive search much more cost-effective.

 

The complexity of a geography that still uses coordinates can be hard on international businesses that aren’t used to it. Even researching these regions for their supplier potential is difficult, as the information is as sparse and vague as the areas themselves.

 

To help small businesses along, we’ve ranked the top three regions to find a supplier in Singapore. There are five altogether, and traveling between them isn’t a big deal because the island is so small. But, some regions are more receptive to foreign trade than others.

 

Knowing where to look will speed up your dealings in Singapore, and can make an expensive search much more cost-effective.

 
 

3. West Region

 

We forgot to mention that the regions are divided directionally. Now, you may be asking yourself: how can there be 5 regions, and only 4 cardinal directions? Great question. The “vague” thing we said earlier may have been a bit of an understatement.

 

Well, the West Region is home to most of Singapore’s heavy industries. These include petrochemical, international oil and gas, and chemicals. From this foundation, many other industry centers have popped up, contributing to an entire 5% of the country’s GDP.

 

For example, the “West Region” doesn’t take up the entire western part of Singapore. It includes some offshore islands, pokes up a bit to the north, and its westernmost part is actually a different region. But, until we can explain why West Virginia isn’t North Virginia, we can’t judge.

 

Moving on, Singapore’s West Region is actually the largest in terms of area. Jurong, a sub-region located in the larger region’s westernmost point (we know, bear with us), is actually one of the most densely populated areas in the city state.

 

So, why’s it on the list?

Well, the West Region is home to most of Singapore’s heavy industries. These include petrochemical, international oil and gas, and chemicals. From this foundation, many other industry centers have popped up, contributing to an entire 5% of the country’s GDP.

 

What makes this area so good for international businesses is its supplier potential. The amount of people and industries in the area make it a prime location for parts manufacturers, resource extractors, and other sectors that are great for businesses. Its location on the southwestern coast is great as well, making it easily accessible for global shipping.

 
 

2. Central Region

 

It shouldn’t surprise you at this point, but Singapore’s Central Region should really be called the Southern.This area is the country’s most populous, and encompasses most of the country’s southern coast and much of its mainland (hence the “central” region).

 
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The region boasts a ton of infrastructural and housing projects, making it a tourist hub. But, unlike the Western, the Central Region doesn’t have much in the way of industry. So, what makes it so good for finding suppliers?

 

The Central Region is home to the nation’s largest port, and the world’s second busiest for shipping tonnage: the Port of Singapore. The Port acts as a gateway to the rest of the country, taking in the majority of imports and sending out the majority of exports. Singaporean suppliers often establish themselves around the port, and must use it to trade internationally.

 

This makes the Central Region a vital area for international trade with Singapore. It has also been noted to have even more potential, as a lot of exports and imports still go out of another region: the East.

 
 

1. Eastern Region

 

The first positive of the Eastern region is it actually being in the east. There’s no way around it. It occupies the entire eastern coastline, and even a northeastern island. Much easier to explain and find than others. On top of that, the Eastern Region has the most potential for international businesses looking for suppliers.

 

Though it’s the smallest region in area, the Eastern is Singapore’s most densely populated. This is due to a few important factors.

 

Located in the East Region, Changi is the seventh busiest airfreight hub in the world, and the fifth largest in Asia. Though not quite as busy as its shipping port, the area around Singapore’s Changi airport is a vital place to consider looking for a supplier.

 

The economy of the East Region is largely based in manufacturing, with many semiconductor manufacturing companies being housed there. As well, IBM set up a “technology park” there, which works to research and manufacture power systems and mainframes.

 

On top of that, international businesses can easily get their supplies home with the help of the Changi airport. Located in the East Region, Changi is the seventh busiest airfreight hub in the world, and the fifth largest in Asia. Though not quite as busy as its shipping port, the area around Singapore’s Changi airport is a vital place to consider looking for a supplier.

 

The East’s massive manufacturing industry coupled with a great shipping option make it a great investment opportunity for international businesses. Combining the best parts of the West and Central Regions, looking to the East will make finding a supplier in Singapore a breeze.

 
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