Marketing Tips

Business Culture



  • Carry plenty of business cards.
  • Respect local customs.
  • Be mindful of status and rank, and show respect accordingly.
  • Litter or expectorate in public places.
  • Insult or criticize someone in public.

Legal Environment

Compared to the American legal system, Singapore's judicial system seems very strict. Minor infractions such as littering, vandalism and spitting on sidewalks can result in a mandatory caning sentence. Drug violations can result in the death penalty. Civil disputes, such as business disagreements, can be tried as criminal cases, resulting in heavy fines or even jail time. Cases are not tried by jury as in the U.S.-a judge hears a case and decides the sentence alone.