Nature of representative offices

Introduction to Representative Offices (ROs)

A Representative Office (RO) is a temporary set-up with no legal status so it cannot engage in any trading or business activities which yield a profit. Generally, the purpose of the representative office is to perform liaison services and establish business contacts, often as a precursor to the commencement of full-scale business activities in Singapore.

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Representative Offices have a limited scope of permissible activities. For a clear picture of the application criteria, ongoing requirements and restrictions, consider consulting a professional to ensure adequate compliance.