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To find out more about the perspectives of American companies on doing business in ASEAN, click this here to read the ASEAN Business Outlook Survey.


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The Asia Pacific AmChams will gather at the APCAC Spring Summit from April 19 to 22 in Guangzhou, China.  This annual conference offers a superb opportunity to gain insight into the major issues in the region, exchange perspectives with colleagues from more than two dozen other AmChams, and refine our messages on engagement with Asia, tax reform, FATCA, and other priority themes.


Details about the Business Summit can be found by clicking HERE.  Please register now!

AmCham is pleased to present “The American Business Presence in Singapore: 2017.” Compiled from government databases and AmCham publications and surveys, the fact sheet is a practical overview of bilateral trade and investment profile of American companies in Singapore.


The American Business Presence in Singapore: Facts and Figures – 2017

The U.S. – Singapore Bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been in force since January 1, 2004.  In 2016, the U.S. and Singapore commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations. The Government of Singapore reports that approximately 3,700 American companies operate in Singapore, many of which use the country as a regional hub.


American Companies’ Investment Profile

More than Australia, China, and Japan combined, the U.S. is the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Singapore.[i] In 2015, U.S. investment in Singapore stood at US$229 billion, a number that has increased every year since 2008 and has roughly doubled in the past five years. Half of U.S. FDI in Singapore is concentrated in non-bank holding companies.[ii]

US FDI in Singapore_Jan 25

Over half of surveyed American businesses have been based in Singapore for over 20 years; many are also engaged in high value-added and high-tech production.


Top 10 Industries of American Companies Operating in Singapore for 20+ Years[iii]

Aerospace & Defense

Banking/Insurance/Other Financial Services
Machinery & Equipment
Oil & Petrochemical
Software, IT, & Telecommunications
Transportation & Logistics


U.S. – Singapore Bilateral Trade in Goods and Services

The U.S. is Singapore’s third largest supplier of imports (after China and Malaysia), accounting for 1.8% of U.S. total exports and 10.4% of Singapore imports.[iv] The U.S. is the fifth largest export market for Singapore, accounting for 5.9% of all Singapore’s exports,[v] while Singapore accounts for 0.8% of U.S. total imports.[vi]

In 2015, U.S. exports of goods and services to Singapore totaled $43 billion, and imports from Singapore were $25 billion. The trade surplus with Singapore came to $17 billion.[vii]


Imports-Exports US and Singapore_Jan 25

The shares of goods and services were as follows:[viii]

  • U.S. exports of goods to Singapore – US$28 billion.
  • U.S. exports of services to Singapore – US$14 billion.
  • U.S. imports of goods from Singapore – US$18 billion.
  • U.S. imports of services from Singapore – US$7 billion.

Job Creation

American businesses represent a major source of employment in Singapore. From consulting to finance, American multinational enterprises alone account for almost 200,000 employees in Singapore;[ix] the vast majority of U.S. MNE and SME companies have a predominantly Singaporean workforce.[x]

American companies have a significant impact on job creation in Singapore. Almost half (48%) of member companies in the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore) employ more than 500 workers and 8% of member companies employ more than 1,000. American companies create high value jobs in knowledge-intensive industries, bringing with them unique expertise, innovation, and new technologies.


Workforce Investment

American companies strive to hire locally at all levels and invest in developing local talent. Just over half of AmCham Singapore’s member companies (54%) report that at least one-third of their senior level workforce is Singaporean.[xi] American companies are also committed to equipping their local workforce with key skills and capabilities to further their professional development, remain competitive, and increase their value to the organization.


Committed to Singapore

U.S. businesses are committed to Singapore. Just as they anticipate rising levels of investment, nearly half of AmCham Singapore’s member companies reported in the first half of 2016 that they expect to increase their workforce within Singapore by the end of the year. Since 2013, consistently over half of member companies surveyed have cited plans to further expand their operations within Singapore.[xii]

Percentage of U.S. Business in Singapore_Jan 25

Pledged to corporate citizenship excellence, American companies give back to the community through volunteerism and corporate social responsibility programs.♦


[i] Department of Statistics Singapore (http://www.singstat.gov.sg/docs/default-source/default-document-library/statistics/visualising_data/foreign-direct-investment2014.pdf).

[ii] Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www.bea.gov/international/factsheet/factsheet.cfm).

[iii] Excludes industries identified in the “other” category (17%). AmCham Singapore’s 2016 Manpower Survey.

[iv]Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www.bea.gov/international/factsheet/factsheet.cfm?Area=625).

[v]World Bank (http://wits.worldbank.org/CountryProfile/en/Country/SGP/Year/2013/Summarytext).

[vi]Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www.bea.gov/international/factsheet/factsheet.cfm?Area=625).

[vii]Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www.bea.gov/international/factsheet/factsheet.cfm?Area=625).

[viii] Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www.bea.gov/international/factsheet/factsheet.cfm).

[ix] Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www.bea.gov/international/factsheet/factsheet.cfm).

[x] 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey (http://www.amcham.org.sg/public-affairs/publications/asean-business-outlook-survey-2017/).

[xi] AmCham Singapore’s 2016 Manpower Survey.

[xii] 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey (http://www.amcham.org.sg/public-affairs/publications/asean-business-outlook-survey-2017/).

2016 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey (http://www.amcham.org.sg/public-affairs/publications/asean-business-outlook-survey-2016/).

2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey (http://www.amcham.org.sg/public-affairs/publications/aseanoutlooksurvey2015/).

2014 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey (http://www.amcham.org.sg/public-affairs/publications/asean-business-outlook-survey-2014/).


To download the PDF version, click here.

Amb Sponsors

AmCham thanks departing U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar and Mrs. Crystal Wagar for their unstinting support for the business community and AmCham.  We could not have asked for more dedicated, energetic, and committed envoys.  They have promoted ever stronger ties between Singapore and the United States and creatively and tirelessly encouraged entrepreneurship, start-ups, and daring-ness.  With our regional focus here in Singapore, Ambassador Wagar promoted sound policies and strong relationships around ASEAN.  Every single one of his trips back to the United States included seminars, roundtables, and meetings in cities across the United States on why Singapore and ASEAN matter for U.S. business.


AmCham members had the opportunity to thank the Wagars in person at AmCham’s farewell “A Miami Evening in Singapore” reception on January 12.  Minister for Industry and Trade S Iswaran and AmCham Board Chairman Dwight Hutchins highlighted the contributions that the Wagars have made during their three-plus years here.  The evening was capped with the donation of $30,000 in honor of the Wagars to Special Olympics Singapore.  With thanks to them both, AmCham wishes Ambassador and Mrs. Wagar a smooth journey home.


Please click here for media coverage of the farewell reception.

Please click here for the text of Minister Iswaran’s farewell remarks.

Please click here for Singapore Tatler’s feature on the Ambassador’s Farewell.

Steve Okun_APEC Bsiness Travel Card_Nov 23

CBP/DHS will extend the validity of APEC Business Travel Cards from 3 to 5 years as part of its final rule which will be published tomorrow.


Click here for the link to the rule.
Click here for the bipartisan letter from four Senators supporting the rule.


The extension does not apply to existing cards.


In accordance with the U.S. Congress’ ABTC authorizing law, the US can not issue any new U.S. ABTCs or renew any U.S. ABTCs after September 30, 2018. Getting the authorizing legislation amended for renewal is the next focus.


Stay tuned for more information.


Obama letter - APEC Travel Card


AmCham Singapore strongly endorses U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s letter to President Obama, co-signed by Senators Cory Gardner, Amy Klobuchar and Gary C. Peters, requesting that the United States extend the validity of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) from three to five years on the occasion of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting to be held in Lima, Peru from November 19-20, 2016.


The ABTC has greatly improved procedures so that hundreds of members of AmCham Singapore can travel efficiently throughout the region to conduct trade and investment activities that are important to creating jobs in the United States.


“Clearing immigration at airports across the region involves a lot of time and even greater uncertainty about how long it will take on any given trip.  The APEC Business Travel Card has removed this uncertainty, allowing business travelers to plan their time more efficiently and, ultimately, be more productive,” said Steven R. Okun, AmCham Governor. “The card is a game changer that allows U.S. citizens to compete more evenly with their foreign counterparts. A five-year validity will increase the card’s impact.”


Read the letter here.


The Washington, DC Doorknock to promote approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) in December has been canceled.  The Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers (APCAC) is working to recalibrate our strategy.


Our next opportunity for APCAC member chambers to gather is at the annual APCAC Spring Summit. Please mark your calendars for April 19 to 22, 2017 in Guangzhou, China.  This will be our next chance for chambers to work together to refine our messages on engagement with Asia, tax reform, FATCA, and other priority themes.  We will post the program and registration information as it becomes available.

Nov 4 Letter to Congress - TPP

25 American Chambers of Commerce in the Asia-Pacific have sent a letter to the leadership of the US Congress.  The letter is an unprecedented display of unity and urgency from APCAC members whose collective membership represents more than 15,000 companies, 50,000 overseas American workers, and annual trade/investment volumes over $600 billion.


Please read the letter here.


On behalf of its members and the American business community in Singapore, AmCham Singapore has sent a letter to members of Congress urging approval of the TPP.  Having the potential to strengthen our nation’s commercial, strategic, and geopolitical ties across one of the fastest growing parts of the world, the TPP will boost economic growth and job creation in the U.S. and in the other TPP nations. It will expand global trade on a level playing field for businesses and workers. AmCham Singapore stresses the importance of seizing this window of opportunity to pass TPP and send a message to the region and to the world that the U.S. is not going to sit on the sidelines. We’re going to be in on the action.

Read letter here.

AmCham Washington Doorknock

December 4-7, 2016

Making the case for the TPP in Washington D.C.

washington doorknock

5.00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Wednesday, December 7,  2016WHERE
Washington, DC


Join AmChams in Washington, DC to push for TPP ratification this year!

APCAC – the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce — is organizing a select delegation of business leaders to visit Washington, DC. to lobby key Members of Congress for urgent passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during their “Lame Duck” session after the election.  In our judgment, this is the last chance to save TPP.

We need credible voices from the front lines of business across the region to explain why it really is “now or never” for the TPP.

This special APCAC Washington Doorknock gives AmCham representatives from across the Asia-Pacific the chance to make the case for TPP ratification by the US Congress one last time. If your company wants to see this crucial free trade framework passed in 2016, join us in Washington as we meet with legislators whose support is critical for US approval of the TPP.


For more information and to sign up, please contact Head of Government and Public Affairs Dustin Watson at dwatson@amcham.org.sg today.  AmCham will cover the registration fees for the first four corporate members who register — first come-first served, one per company!



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