Singapore Exhibit Rental Guide offers insight into this diverse Asian show port city. Singapore is one of the success stories of the developed world and its’ economic growth, despite small size, have made it both a destination for Westerners and an emblem for technological advancement. Trade show rules and regulations vary widely in Asia and in Singapore specifically and we would like to offer our tips to showing and capturing attention, the right way, in Singapore. If you are considering expanding your market or testing Asian markets, trade shows, particularly in Singapore are a perfect test vehicle. Exhibit Experience offers show packages in addition to many options of Singapore exhibit rental. Contact our team for a sample itinerary or international show quote for your trade show calendar. All quotes are delivered to your exact specifications.
Taxes are straightforward in Singapore, the VAT tax is 7% on goods and services and there are no exemptions or refunds.
The voltage system in Singapore is 220 or 240 and adapters or transformers are going to be expensive. Be prepared and always bring adaptors. For electric set up, you should also submit your plans well in advance if your exhibit employs a lot of technology and requires advanced power needs.
For your install and dismantle you are responsible, and your exhibit builder for all waste removal and improper handling will result in a large fine. Daily trash services can be ordered through your show organizer.
Labor unions exist in Singapore but do not interfere with install and dismantle as exhibitors can erect booths with labor and on their own as they plan. Rates for workers depend on the specialization in Av or electric etc, and the work day is 9 am to 6 pm. Exhibit handling is charged per cubic meter and if you have a local Singapore exhibit builder, they will provide labor and include drayage in their rates. Depending on your needs, we bring our own staff and hire local staff to erect your exhibits to the US standards.
Language and Hospitality
Singapore has three official languages, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil, however the language of business is English. If your show is anticipated to have many buyers from Japan and China, be sure to have a translator and written materials in both languages. For most shows, English is the preferred language. Bring lots of business cards, as you are expected to exchange them with almost everyone. Hospitality is uncommon on Singapore trade show floors, however, if you are holding special meetings at your booth, food and beverage are encouraged.
Greetings and Customs
Hello and a light handshake followed by business card is an easy to remember and acceptable opener at trade shows in Singapore. All business cards and papers are accepted with two hands and printed materials handled with respect. Business dress is slightly more casual in Singapore because of the tropical climate, but meetings and small talk is still quite formal and you should avoid topics of conversation that are controversial. Singapore is very clean and you should avoid eating on the go and do not litter under any circumstances.
Transportation and Accommodations
Transportation in public transport is very safe to the two convention areas. Taxis and rideshares are also available. Hotels can be quite expensive and will need to be booked very far in advance, 6 months to a year for your trade show. Singapore is a very safe country and you should make yourself aware of the various rules of the country before leaving and travel advisories. Entry system is two part, so leave yourself extra time for customs when entering Singapore.
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