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Trade License

Trade License | Bestar
Trade License | Bestar

Trade License

Trade licenses are required to operate a business in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. The specific requirements for obtaining a trade license will vary depending on the country, the type of business, and the location of the business. Here's a general overview:


In Singapore, business licenses are issued by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). The type of business license you need will depend on your business activities. For most businesses, a general business registration will suffice. However, some businesses may also require additional licenses from other government agencies. You can find more information on the ACRA website:

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, there is no single trade license. Instead, businesses may need to obtain a variety of licenses and registrations from different government departments, depending on their industry and activities. The Business Registration Unit (BRU) can provide guidance on the specific licenses and registrations that your business will need:


In Malaysia, the process of obtaining a business license is typically handled by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM). However, some businesses may also need to obtain additional licenses from other government agencies, depending on their industry and activities. You can find more information on the CCM website:

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when applying for a trade license in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malaysia:

  • The application process can take several weeks or even months.

  • You will need to pay a fee to obtain a trade license.

  • You will need to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in order to maintain your trade license.

If you are planning to do business in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malaysia, it is important to consult with a qualified professional to ensure that you comply with all of the legal requirements.

How Bestar can Help

Bestar specializes in trade licenses. Bestar can be helpful in the following ways:

  • Understanding the financial implications: Our accountant can help you understand the potential financial impact of obtaining a trade license. This includes things like fees, ongoing compliance costs, and potential tax implications.

  • Preparing financial statements: Some trade license applications might require financial statements. Bestar can help you prepare these statements accurately.

  • Tax advice:  Understanding tax requirements is crucial when operating a business. Bestar can advise you on the tax implications of your business activities in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malaysia.

Bestar provides advice on the trade license application process.

For the actual application process and legal requirements, consult with Bestar. We specialize in business registration in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malaysia.

By working with Bestar, you can ensure you have the expertise necessary to navigate the trade license process smoothly.


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