If you are moving to Singapore, there is a lot to consider and it can be a stressful and complicated experience. It therefore pays to use a specialist Singapore shipping company who can assist you with all aspects of your move, saving you time and worry and dealing with the necessary customs regulations and paperwork.
Greens Removals has over 40 years experience in providing UK, European and international removals. We will ensure that your move to Singapore is smooth and straightforward. Our close partnership with one of the largest relocation companies in Asia enables us to offer high quality shipping to Singapore at extremely competitive rates. We offer a full range of Singapore shipping options including 20ft and 40ft container shipping and groupage or part load services. We also provide air freight, for transporting small items and personal effects you will need very quickly.
Our Singapore Shipping service can include the following:
All quotes are tailored to your requirements.
We regularly ship consignments to and from Singapore and can assist you with all aspects of your move. On receipt of your instruction, our overseas moves consultants will talk you through your move, to make sure you have all of the information you require.
Moving to Singapore : About Singapore
Officially named the Republic of Singapore, this bustling, cosmopolitan island is located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is a leading financial city and boasts the fourth leading financial centre in the world. Residents are reported to experience a high quality of life here.
In fact the quality of life in Singapore is reputed to be the best in Asia, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit's "Quality-of-Life Index". It also ranks the 11th overall in the world.
Singapore is a very urbanised city and even more land is being created and developed from on-going land reclamation.
In age-old times Singapore was also known as Temasek, which is a Javanese word meaning sea. The island was rediscovered in the 11th century AD by Prince Sang Nila Utama of the Sri Vijaya Empire. When he landed on the shores of the island, he saw a mystical beast, which he thought was a lion. The Prince then named the island "Singapura", a Malay name which means Lion (Singa) city (Pura). The lion he saw was most likely a tiger, however, as lions have never occupied the island.
Singapore is made up of 63 islands, with the main island called Singapore Island. It is separated from Malaysia in the north by the Straits of Jahor.
Moving to Singapore : Population
Singapore's population is diverse. Although it is made up mainly of Asians, around 42 per cent of the population are outsiders who work or study here.
It has a population of 5 million and international trade and finance dominate. Half of those employed in the service sector and 80 per cent of those in construction are foreign workers.
Moving to Singapore : Language
About half the population speak Chinese, with most of these speaking Singaporean Mandarin. English is the primary language which is also used in schools, government and business but is a first language only for 32 per cent of the population. Other official languages are Malay, which is spoken by 12 per cent and Tamil by 3 per cent of the population.
Moving to Singapore : Religion
The most widespread religion in Singapore is Buddhism, which makes up 33 per cent of the population. Other religions include Christianity (18 per cent), Islam (15 per cent), Taoism (11 per cent) and Hinduism (5.1 per cent).
Moving to Singapore : Weather
Just 85 miles north of the equator, it has a tropical rainforest climate. There are no distinct seasons and throughout the year temperatures vary little from 23 - 32 degrees centigrade. Singapore experiences high humidity and a monsoon season from November to January. Hottest months of the year are April and May.
Moving to Singapore : Politics
In 1824 the British gained sovereignty over the island. The Japanese occupied the island in World War II until their surrender in 1945. In 1959 The People's Action Party (PAP) won a landslide victory and made Singapore a self-governing state, but it was still a member of the commonwealth. The PAP has won all the elections since this time. Singapore became the People's Republic of Singapore (although was still a Commonwealth member) on 9 August 1965.
Singapore shares many of the basics of English common law, but in some ways has moved away from that since they declared their independence.
Now, there is no longer trial by jury. First-degree murder, drug trafficking and fire-arms offences receive a compulsory death penalty. Judicial corporate punishment, such as caning, is the penalty dished out for drug use, rape, violence, rioting, vandalism and some immigration crimes. Chewing gum, even in small quantities, is banned from being brought into Singapore.
It enjoys a good relationship with the People's Republic of China and has a strong relationship with the USA. Its top largest trading partners are the EU, The People's Republic of China and the USA.
Military service is compulsory for almost all able bodied males over the age of 18.
Moving to Singapore : Currency
The currency is the Singapore dollar, which is similar to the Brunei Dollar.
Moving to Singapore : Economy
It is known as the world's fourth largest foreign exchange trading centre, following London, New York and Tokyo. Singapore joins Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan (Republic of China) as one of the Four Asian Tigers, which are highly advanced and high income economies.
Singapore has made a name for itself as one of the most business-friendly economies in the world. It is very much reliant on exports and refining imported goods, particularly in manufacturing, which in 2005 made up 26 per cent of the country's GDP.
Tourism features prominently with the country attracting about 10.2 million tourists in 2007. To attract more tourists to Singapore gambling was made legal in 2005 and two casino resorts were allowed.
Moving to Singapore : Health
Singapore boasts one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. It is also a place which attracts tourists for medical treatment. About 200,000 foreigners flood into the country for medical care each year, a figure which is on the rise.
Men's life expectancy is 79 and 83 for females.
Moving to Singapore : Education
The three stages of education are primary, secondary and pre-university, with a test after every school stage. Primary education lasts six years and only this level of education is compulsory. A total of 18 per cent of the population leave school with no qualifications and 13 per cent are degree qualified.
Education is mainly state supported and every school whether private or public, is to be registered with the Ministry of Education. Subjects are taught in English, with the exception of the "Mother Tongue" language paper.
Moving to Singapore : Sport
Singapore has easy access to sporting venues as most people live near public swimming pools or indoor sport complexes. Some of the water sporting activities to enjoy around the islands are sailing, kayaking and scuba-diving. On land, sports include football, basketball, cricket, table tennis and badminton.
Moving to Singapore : Transport
Singapore's port is full of activity and ranks among the five busiest in the world. It has eight airports and Singapore's Changi Airport is known as one of the best international airports. Singapore is seen as a stopover on-route between Sidney and London. Singapore Airlines is the national airline.
Thousands use buses or taxis to get to work. The metro system, the Mass Rapid transit system has been in operation since 1987.
Moving to Singapore : Visas
Foreigners moving to Singapore will need a visa. Visa forms are available for download from the website of the Singaporean Embassy.
You do not need a visa if you are a British or Irish passport holder and are staying for less than a month. This is as long as you have a passport which is valid for six months beyond the departure date for Singapore, a confirmed onward departure ticket as well as sufficient funds for your stay.
To apply for a visa you will need the following information:
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