SSIC Code Search
In Singapore, Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) codes indicate what your company does and in what field. The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) demands that businesses submit the SSIC code when incorporating. Use our free SSIC Search (2015, updated 2023 version) to find the code corresponding to your business activity.
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Wholesale trade of a variety of goods without a dominant product
Real estate agencies and valuation services
Development of software and applications (except games and cybersecurity)
Other holding companies
Management consultancy services
Management consultancy services n.e.c.
Corporate training services and motivational course providers
Other information technology and computer service activities
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See the difference
A comparison of the number of codes at various levels between SSIC 2020 and SSIC 2015 (Version 2018) is shown in the following table:
|SSIC 2020||SSIC 2015 (Version 2018)|
- A — Agriculture and Fishing
- B — Mining and Quarrying
- C — Manufacturing
- D — Electricity, Gas, Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply
- E — Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
- F — Construction
- G — Wholesale and Retail Trade
- H — Transportation and Storage
- I — Accommodation and Food Service Activities
- J — Information and Communications
- K — Financial and Insurance Activities
- L — Real Estate Activities
- M — Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
- N — Administrative and Support Service Activities
- O — Public Administration and Defence
- P — Education
- Q — Health and Social Services
- R — Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
- S — Other Service Activities
- T — Activities of Households as Employers of Domestic Personnel
- U — Activities of Extra-Territorial Organisations and Bodies
- V — Activities not Adequately Defined
What’s new with SSIC update in November 2021
Singapore government updated SSIC list in November 2021, which is the fourteenth edition of the SSIC. Here’s what’s new:
- There are more than +1,000 new unique examples in the alphabetical index
- A lot of new codes introduced aim at tracking emerging economic activities like online business activities
- Some categories have been merged into one
- A few more categories were deleted or renamed
John gives out personal lessons on history online. His business used to fall under SSIC code 85509: Education Support Services N.E.C. It will now change to SSIC code 63203: Online marketplaces for education services.
Lee has an online dress shop. Her business used to fall under SSIC code 47910: Retail Sales via the Internet (with income mainly from online sales). She has to change it to SSIC code 47711: retail sales of clothing for Adults.
Do I need to register
a new SSIC code?
For the majority of news codes, ACRA assigns the new ones automatically based on the latest track record of the company activities it has. If the automatic code doesn’t reflect your primary occupation accurately, you need to choose one that does, prepare a Board Resolution to change your code accordingly, and file the change with ACRA. This job is a responsibility of your Corporate Secretary. Companies that fail to notify the registrar about their right economic unit will face a fine of up to S$5,000.
At Osome, we proactively reach out to our clients to handle the documents and avoid this penalty. If you’re serviced by another provider, make sure they follow up on the change.
Most common SSIC
Management consultancy services for healthcare organisations
Management consultancy services for hotels
Human resource consultancy services
Port, shipping and maritime-related consultancy services
Management consultancy services n.e.c.
General building engineering design and consultancy services
Process and industrial plant engineering design and consultancy services
Management consultancy services
Public relations, marketing and brand consultancy services
Engineering design and consultancy services in energy management and
Infrastructure engineering design and consultancy services
Engineering design and consultancy services supporting mining, oil and gas
Engineering design and consultancy activities n.e.c.
Brokerage and consultancy services of intellectual property assets
Agrotechnology consultancy services
Carbon consultancy services
Information technology consultancy (except cybersecurity)
Environmental engineering design and consultancy services
Wholesale of confectionery and bakery products
Wholesale of ice-cream
Wholesale of health supplements
Wholesale of liquor, soft drinks and beverages
Wholesale of tobacco products
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco n.e.c. (including dried or canned)
Wholesale of textiles and leathers
Wholesale of adults' clothing
Wholesale of footwear
Wholesale of bags, luggage and travel accessories
Wholesale of jewellery made from precious metals and stones
Wholesale of costume jewellery
Wholesale of watches and clocks
Wholesale of cosmetics and toiletries
Wholesale of personal effects n.e.c.
Wholesale of furniture (including mattresses, cushions)
Wholesale of furnishings (including curtains, carpets, wallpaper)
Wholesale of lighting and lighting accessories
Wholesale of crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils
Wholesale of audio and video equipment except electrical and electronic
Wholesale of musical instruments and scores
Wholesale of furniture, home furnishings and other household equipment n.e.c.
Wholesale of music and video recordings (e.g. DVDs, Blu-ray discs)
Wholesale of toys and games
Wholesale of sporting and other recreational goods n.e.c.
Wholesale of antiques and works of art
Wholesale of handicrafts and gifts
Wholesale of artificial flowers and plants
Wholesale of handicrafts and fancy goods n.e.c.
Wholesale of medicinal and pharmaceutical products (Western)
Wholesale of medicine and herbs (other than Western)
Wholesale of paper and paper products
Wholesale of packaging materials
Wholesale of stationery
Wholesale of books and magazines
Wholesale of paper, paper and cellophane products and stationery n.e.c.
Wholesale of optical equipment and supplies (excluding binoculars)
Wholesale of photographic equipment and supplies (including binoculars)
Wholesale of other household goods n.e.c.
Wholesale of computer software (except games and cybersecurity software)
Wholesale of computer accessories (e.g. memory cards, computer cables)
Wholesale of cybersecurity software, hardware and peripheral equipment
Wholesale of telecommunications equipment (excluding handphones)
Wholesale of electronic components
Wholesale of agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies
Wholesale of industrial machinery and equipment (e.g. industrial crane)
Wholesale of medical, professional, scientific and precision equipment
Wholesale of other machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Wholesale of metals and metal ores (e.g. steel pipes) except general hardware
Wholesale of logs, sawn timber, plywood and related products
Wholesale of general hardware (e.g. locks, hinges)
Wholesale of structural clay and concrete products (e.g. mosaic tiles, bricks)
Wholesale of handphones, handphone peripheral equipment and other telecommunications equipment
Wholesale of security and safety equipment
Wholesale of paints (including varnishes and supplies)
Wholesale of glass
Wholesale of construction materials, hardware, plumbing and heating
Wholesale of basic industrial chemicals (except fertilisers)
Wholesale of chemical fertilisers
Wholesale of petrochemical products
Wholesale of chemicals and chemical products n.e.c.
Wholesale of scrap, junk and waste dealers
Wholesale of other intermediate products, waste and scrap n.e.c.
Wholesale trade of a variety of goods without a dominant product
Wholesale of livestock, meat, poultry, eggs and seafood
Wholesale of a general line (wide range) of groceries
Wholesale of children and infants’ clothing
Wholesale of sewing and clothing accessories
Wholesale of household electrical appliances and equipment
Wholesale of sporting goods and equipment
Wholesale of computer games
Wholesale of computer hardware and peripheral equipment
Wholesale of marine equipment and accessories
Wholesale of aircraft equipment and supplies
Wholesale of commercial food service equipment
Wholesale of service establishment equipment and supplies
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals n.e.c. (excluding tropical produce)
Wholesale of fuels and related products
Training courses for wholesale trade, logistics and transport
Wholesale of cut flowers and plants
Wholesale of aquarium fishes (including food and accessories)
Wholesale on a fee or commission basis (excluding online marketplaces)
Wholesale of pet birds and animals (including food and accessories)
Wholesale of rubber (including rubber brokers)
Wholesale of pepper and other spices
Wholesale of coffee, cocoa and tea
Wholesale of coconut
Wholesale of palm oil
Wholesale of tropical produce n.e.c.
Wholesale of fruits and vegetables (including fresh and frozen)
Wholesale of construction equipment (e.g. concrete mixer)
Wholesale of lifts, escalators and industrial and office air-conditioning
Wholesale of electrical and wiring accessories
Wholesale of industrial, construction and related machinery and
Wholesale of transport equipment except motor vehicles and motorcycles
Wholesale of motor vehicles except motorcycles and scooters
Wholesale of motorcycles and scooters
Wholesale of parts and accessories for vehicles
Wholesale of office machines and equipment (including accessories)
B2B and Finance
Corporate finance advisory services
Traditional/Long-only asset/Portfolio management
Book-keeping services (excluding online marketplaces)
Other business support service activities (e.g. administration of loyalty programmes)
Accounting and auditing services (excluding online marketplaces)
Fund management activities n.e.c.
Food and Beverage
Retail sale of food n.e.c.
Stalls selling cooked food and prepared drinks
Food courts, coffee shops and canteens (with mainly food and beverage income)
Letting and operating of self-owned or leased food courts, coffee shops and canteens (with mainly rental income)
Shipping and Logistics
Building and repairing of ships, tankers and other ocean-going vessels
Shipping companies, including chartering of ships and boats with crew (freight)
Freight transport arrangement
Cargo surveying services
Shipping agencies (freight)
Ship management services
Ship brokering services
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What does SSIC mean?
The Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) is a four-digit number that tells local authorities what a Singapore company’s primary source of revenue is.
It is used by the Singapore government to analyse economic activity. Singapore uses the SSIC for its population, household, and industry censuses.
Companies are required to register for the SSIC code, which is based on the internationally recognized standard for classification of all economic activities (ISIC).
The SSIC code is purely administrative, and the registering company is not liable for additional reporting or tax. Data are collected by Singapore government bodies under the SSIC code for taxonomy purposes, such as compiling, presenting, and analysing current economic structures.
How many SSIC codes can a company have?
There is a limit of two SSIC codes for a company. Companies with multiple activities/revenue streams may find it difficult to list on Bizfile, as ACRA allows only two business activities per company. In this case, the two activities having maximum revenue shall be listed with ACRA.
Whenever you register a new company, ACRA will review your registration documents. To ensure that information is accurate and complete, some documents are sent to other government agencies. You may have to submit additional documentation to be approved for your business registration if you register for the wrong SSIC code.
How do I change an SSIC code?
Just as your business is not static, so is the SSIC code list. Changes in the codes may mean that your company’s SSIC code is no longer valid. Meanwhile, your company may have changed its primary activity over time, and your SSIC is no longer relevant. If you are a director, it is your responsibility to keep it accurate.
A wrong SSIC code may prevent you from getting the relevant permits or licenses unless you apply for the correct one. You may not be able to access government incentives targeted at specific business sectors. It is possible that the directors provided inaccurate public data.
These codes can easily be checked online, so you don’t have to worry about getting the wrong one. To determine the correct category, seek professional advice if in doubt.
A change of the SSIC code, whether due to the change introduced by the Department of Statistics or whether it is due to an actual change of principal activities driven by operational or economic needs, must be approved by the directors via formal directors’ resolutions.
After submitting the SSIC code, it cannot be changed. In this case, you must withdraw the application and resubmit a new application with the correct SSIC code.
How to find a full SSIC codes list?
The most recent version of the full SSIC Codes list can be found on the Department of Statistics' Singapore official website.
In population, household and establishment surveys, census data and administrative databases, Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) is used for the classification of economic activities performed by economic units. This system is based on the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC). The standards are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect significant changes in the structure of the Singapore economy and the emergence of new activities as well as to align with changes in international standards.
What Things Should I Know When Choosing SSIC?
To incorporate your company, you will be asked to pick and submit an SSIC code — a number that identifies your future business entity as a restaurant or a wedding agency or a coffin maker. In other words, these codes indicate what your company does and in what field.
To pursue adequate policies, Singapore needs to know what businesses are present in the country. A system of SSIC codes simplifies communication between the companies and the authorities. With the help of SSIC codes, the state collects the aggregated data, analyzes it and identifies trends. SSIC codes also help to determine whether a company needs a license or not.
What are the SSIC code limits for Singapore companies?
A company may have a maximum of two SSIC codes. As ACRA only allows two business activities per company, companies with multiple activities/revenue streams may have difficulty listing on Bizfile. In this case, choose the two activities with the most revenue. ACRA will review your registration documents when you register a new company. Some documents are sent to other government agencies to ensure that the information is accurate and complete. If you register for the wrong SSIC code, you may need to submit additional documentation before your business registration is approved. Do check to ensure that there will be no delays on your incorporation.
How do I find my SSIC code?
If you are a new company, then registering with the correct SSIC code is essential. To find out the correct SSIC code for the new company, you need to head over to the official Government site Bizfile here:
- Type words that describe your business activities in the search bar. Use the most common keywords for your industry. You can also try variations till the system pulls up a category that seems closest to your work.
- The site will show SSIC categories. You can select the one that is closest to your business activities. If you can't find anything relevant, then we recommend checking this detailed list.
How to check company SSIC code
You can find any company’s SSCI code on the BizFile+ portal. Just search the company’s name (entity search), and you will find the SSIC Code under the company’s “Industry” section.
What Is ACRA Singapore?
In Singapore, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) regulates the registration of business entities. ACRA is also referred to as the Registrar of Companies. Singapore Companies Registry (ROC) and ACRA are both used interchangeably for the same functions entity. In 2004, the Registry of Companies and Businesses merged with the Public Accountants’ Board to form ACRA
Why do I need to report about my business activity type?
The Singapore government needs to know what businesses are present in the country to pursue the right policies for the benefit of the country. With the help of these SSIC codes, the state collects the information and analyzes the overall data to be aware of the trends.
Recently ACRA has also requested companies to confirm their SSIC code and business activity during annual return filing with ACRA. The business activity has to be reflected correctly in ACRA records. ACRA’s records will hold whether there have been any changes in the SSIC code recently. This seems to be a part of the Singapore government’s initiative to properly and correctly classify the information pertaining to various industries for proper policy and decision making.
So, it is absolutely necessary that the company’s business activity is correctly reflected in ACRA records at all times. This description of SSIC code can be changed anytime with ACRA using Bizfile without payment of any fees.
Can the incorporation be delayed because of the code I chose?
ACRA reviews all registration documents when you register a new company. To make sure that the information is accurate and complete, some documents are sent to other government agencies. This may take up to 2 months and affect your incorporation date.
Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) is a four-digit number that shows local authorities what the main source of revenue is for Singaporean companies. Singapore uses it to analyze economic activity. Censuses of Singapore’s population, households, and industries are also based on the SSIC. In order to register for the SSIC code, companies must use the internationally recognized standard for classifying economic activities (ISIC).