Singapore ~ World’s Top Logistics Hub
At a Glance Port of Singapore
Ranked the world’s top logistics hub by the The Port of Singapore is linked to 600 other
World Bank in 2007, Singapore offers world- ports in 123 countries via over 200 shipping
class infrastructure and excellent connectivity, lines. In 2007, the Port handled the world’s
a base for the world’s leading industry players largest volume of containers, which
and customers, as well as thought leadership in exceeded 27 million TEUs.
logistics and supply chain management. Best Container Terminal Operator (Asia) for
the 19th time (Cargonews Asia 's 2008 Asian
Today, 21 of the world’s top 25 third-party Freight & Supply Chain Awards)
logistics service providers (3PLs) have Container Terminal Operator of the Year for
significant operations in Singapore, offering the 7th time (Lloyd's List Asia Awards)
high value, integrated supply chain services.
Changi International Airport
Logistics/Supply Chain Management is thus a
key competitive advantage for manufacturers Changi Airport ranked amongst Asia’s top
and traders in Singapore, as they can deliver five in air cargo volumes, with more than
cost effective and efficient end-to-end supply 4,000 flights connecting to 60 countries.
chain solutions. Best air transport infrastructure in the
world (Global Competitiveness Report,
One plane departs or arrives every two
minutes at Singapore’s Changi Airport
Leading Industry Players Air Logistics Infrastructure
Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS) is
Singapore provides access to the world’s best a Free Trade Zone located just next to
solutions, with 21 of the top 25 3PLs based in Changi Airport, and is catered for high
Singapore. Most of them have established value goods that require rapid turnaround
regional headquarters function in Singapore. in regional distribution.
Changi International LogisPark, a 57-ha
The leading global 3PLs that are based in logistics park, is located near the airport to
Singapore include Agility, DHL, Expeditors, facilitate logistics and freight forwarding
FedEx, Kuehne & Nagel, Menlo Worldwide, activities.
Nippon Express, NYK Logistics, Panalpina, Air Cargo Express hub is currently being
Schenker, Toll Logistics, TNT and UPS. developed to increase Singapore’s capacity and
capabilities in handling express cargo.
To further optimize the logistics operations
outsourced to these 3PLs, many of them offer Thought Leadership & New
integrated end-to-end logistics solutions that
include freight forwarding, warehousing, Growth Opportunities
transport and financing to manufacturers and
traders. As regional and global supply chains become
more complex, global 3PLs and supply chain
Leveraging Singapore’s world-class management companies in Singapore are
infrastructure and excellent global connectivity, offering innovative solutions to meet the needs
Singapore has become the preferred logistics of their customers in Asia.
and supply chain management hub for leading
players across industries such as aerospace MRO, DHL, for example, has set up its Supply Chain
biomedical sciences, electronics, telecoms , Centre of Excellence (DHL SCCE) to develop,
fine foods and luxury goods. testbed and commercialise supply chain
solutions for key customers. The SCCE will
Leading industry players that have set up kickstart with projects in RFID, Inventory
supply chain towers and regional distribution Ownership and Aircraft Maintenance, Repair
centres in Singapore, include Avaya, BASF, and Overhaul.
Diageo, Du Pont, Embraer, Hewlett Packard,
LVMH, Numonyx, Roche Diagnostics and
Schering-Plough. Asia’s Leading Logistics Think Tank
In addition to the world’s leading 3PLs,
Singapore also hosts The Logistics Institute –
World-Class Infrastructure Asia Pacific (TLI-Asia Pacific).
Specialised Facilities A collaboration between the Georgia Institute
Singapore is equipped with the requisite of Technology and the National University of
facilities and capabilities to offer niche Singapore, the TLI-Asia Pacific has a good grasp
solutions (e.g. cold chain management, of the evolving industry’s needs in both the
customized procurement and postponement West and the East.
solutions) that meet the specific handling
needs of key industries such as aerospace, TLI-Asia Pacific works closely with the industry
biomedical sciences, chemical, oil, electronics and government to carry out research and
and fine foods. arrive at impactful solutions for the global
As Singapore become a global manufacturing
and trading site for these industries, top 3PLs The institute has trained more than 100 world-
have invested in specialised facilities and class professionals to deal with today’s
solutions in Singapore, such as: complex supply chains.
Vopak’s oil terminals on Jurong Island
Since 2003, TLI-Asia Pacific has been conferred
TNT’s largest regional life sciences hub
Asia’s Best Education Course Provider for six
CWT’s logistics hubs that offer specialised
consecutive years at Cargonews Asia’s annual
handling and warehousing services for
Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards.
chemical and oil products
About the Singapore Economic Development Board
The Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead government agency responsible for planning and
executing economic strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global hub for business and
investment. We are the one-stop agency that facilitates and supports local and foreign investors in
both the manufacturing and services sectors as they seek more value-creating operations, higher
sustainable returns and new business opportunities.
Singapore commands global leadership positions in many areas. EDB is expanding and extending
existing industry clusters, as well as exploring new growth areas to create good jobs and secure
Singapore’s future competitiveness. Our emphasis is on capital-intensive, knowledge-intensive and
innovation-intensive activities. EDB is constantly identifying new business areas to develop both in
terms of new technologies as well as new consumer demands, such as our 'clean and green' focus -
environmental technologies, urban solutions and clean energy, lifestyle, healthcare and wellness. EDB
is also expanding our geographical reach, such as Middle East, in addition to North America, Europe,
Japan, China, India and ASEAN.
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Mr Loh Zhi Wei
Assistant Head, Communications,
Singapore Economic Development Board
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