The Singapore Standard Industrial
Classification (SSIC) Code Search Tool

Selecting the right SSIC code for your business is an extremely important step while incorporating in Singapore. Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) Code not only helps define your business but also helps determine whether special licenses or permits are required for it. Our SSIC code search tool will help you explore and select the SSIC code most suitable for your business.
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SSIC Code
99090
SSIC Title
Other extra-territorial organisations and bodies
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SSIC Code
99010
SSIC Title
Foreign embassies and trade representative offices
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SSIC Code
99020
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Foreign armed forces
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SSIC Code
97001
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Activities of households as employers of domestic workers
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SSIC Code
97002
SSIC Title
Activities of households as employers of other domestic personnel (e.g. housekeepers)
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SSIC Code
96099
SSIC Title
Other personal service activities not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (excluding online marketplaces)
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SSIC Code
96095
SSIC Title
Care services for pets and animals
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SSIC Code
96094
SSIC Title
Training of pets and animals
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SSIC Code
96093
SSIC Title
Astrology, palmistry and other fortune telling services
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SSIC Code
96092
SSIC Title
Social escort services
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SSIC Code
96091
SSIC Title
Friendship, match-making and dating services
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SSIC Code
96040
SSIC Title
Wedding and related activities (including bridal studios and wedding planners)
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SSIC Code
96029
SSIC Title
Beauty and other personal care services not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (excluding online marketplaces)
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SSIC Code
96030
SSIC Title
Funeral and related activities (including embalming, cremating and cemetery services, upkeep of cemeteries)
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SSIC Code
96024
SSIC Title
Massage parlours and foot reflexology
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SSIC Code
96023
SSIC Title
Manicure and pedicure services
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SSIC Code
96021
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Hairdressing salons/shops (including barber shops)
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SSIC Code
96022
SSIC Title
Beauty salons and spas (including slimming, skin care and hair care centres)
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SSIC Code
96012
SSIC Title
Self-operated laundries
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SSIC Code
96011
SSIC Title
Laundry and dry cleaning services except self-operated laundries
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SSIC Code
95303
SSIC Title
Vehicle inspection and valuation services
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SSIC Code
95301
SSIC Title
Repair and maintenance of motor vehicles (including installation of parts & accessories)
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SSIC Code
95299
SSIC Title
Repair of other personal and household goods not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (excluding online marketplaces)
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SSIC Code
95293
SSIC Title
Repair of jewellery
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SSIC Code
95302
SSIC Title
Car washing and related services
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SSIC Code
95230
SSIC Title
Repair of footwear and leather goods
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SSIC Code
95292
SSIC Title
Repair of watches and clocks
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SSIC Code
95291
SSIC Title
Repair of bicycles and tricycles
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SSIC Code
95240
SSIC Title
Repair and restoration of cabinets, furniture, upholstery, window shades and other fixtures
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SSIC Code
95220
SSIC Title
Repair of domestic electrical/electronic appliances except audio and video equipment (e.g. refrigerators, washing machines and room air-conditioners)
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SSIC Code
95210
SSIC Title
Repair of audio and video equipment (e.g. television sets, speakers and DVD players)
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SSIC Code
94991
SSIC Title
Philanthropic trusts, foundations and related activities
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SSIC Code
95120
SSIC Title
Repair of communications equipment (e.g. mobile phones and fax machines)
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SSIC Code
95110
SSIC Title
Repair and maintenance of computer hardware, data processing equipment and computer peripherals
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SSIC Code
94999
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Activities of other membership organisations not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
94995
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Organisations for the protection of the environment and animals
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SSIC Code
94994
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Student/Alumni bodies and related associations (e.g. parent-teacher associations, old boys' associations)
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SSIC Code
94993
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Associations for hobbies, recreational, cultural and extra-curricular activities (e.g. scouts/girl guides association, book clubs and photo, music, art and craft clubs)
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SSIC Code
94992
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Ethnic associations (including clan associations, huay kuans)
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SSIC Code
94919
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Activities of religious organisations not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
94920
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Activities of political organisations
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SSIC Code
94914
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Hindu/Sikh temples
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SSIC Code
94913
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Buddhist/Taoist temples
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SSIC Code
94912
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Mosques
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SSIC Code
94911
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Churches
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SSIC Code
94200
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Activities of trade unions
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SSIC Code
94120
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Activities of professional membership organisations (e.g. medical associations, law societies, accountancy bodies)
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SSIC Code
94110
SSIC Title
Activities of business and employers' membership organisations
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SSIC Code
93209
SSIC Title
Other amusement and recreation activities not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (including recreation parks/beaches and recreational fishing)
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SSIC Code
93204
SSIC Title
Recreation clubs (including country clubs)
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SSIC Code
93203
SSIC Title
Night clubs, discotheques, dance clubs and karaoke lounges
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SSIC Code
93202
SSIC Title
Game arcade, online game aggregator, LAN game operators and gaming centres
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SSIC Code
93201
SSIC Title
Amusement theme parks
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SSIC Code
93111
SSIC Title
Fitness centres and gymnasiums
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SSIC Code
93120
SSIC Title
Activities of sports clubs/associations and related activities
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SSIC Code
93119
SSIC Title
Operation of sports facilities not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (e.g. bowling alleys, tennis centres, billiard halls, football stadium)
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SSIC Code
92002
SSIC Title
Casinos
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SSIC Code
92001
SSIC Title
Horse-racing and other betting activities
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SSIC Code
91030
SSIC Title
Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserves activities
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SSIC Code
91010
SSIC Title
Libraries and archives activities
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SSIC Code
91021
SSIC Title
Museums
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SSIC Code
91029
SSIC Title
Preservation of historical sites, buildings, artefacts and paintings, cultural villages and other related activities not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
88999
SSIC Title
Other social services without accommodation not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
86909
SSIC Title
Other health services not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (excluding online marketplaces)
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SSIC Code
90009
SSIC Title
Dramatic arts, music and other arts production-related activities not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (e.g. stage, lighting and sound services)
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SSIC Code
90003
SSIC Title
Orchestras, musical bands, choirs and dance groups
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SSIC Code
90002
SSIC Title
Performing arts venue operation
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SSIC Code
90001
SSIC Title
Production of live stage presentations
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SSIC Code
88992
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Charitable and other supporting activities aimed at humanitarian work
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SSIC Code
88991
SSIC Title
Job training and vocational rehabilitation services
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SSIC Code
88920
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Community development councils and grassroots organisations
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SSIC Code
88919
SSIC Title
Social services without accommodation for children, youth and families not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
88913
SSIC Title
Social services for children and youths (e.g. youth outreach services, adoption services)
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SSIC Code
88101
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Social services for the elderly (e.g. befriender services, meal services, drop-in centres)
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SSIC Code
88912
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Child/Student care services for school-going children (e.g. before and after-school care centres, student care centres)
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SSIC Code
88911
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Child care services for pre-school children (including infant care services)
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SSIC Code
88102
SSIC Title
Social services for persons with disabilities (e.g. day activity centres for people with disabilities)
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SSIC Code
87022
SSIC Title
Residential care services for children (e.g. children’s homes, orphanages)
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SSIC Code
87021
SSIC Title
Residential care services for the elderly (e.g. home for the aged)
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SSIC Code
87029
SSIC Title
Other residential care services not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
87010
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Nursing and personal care facilities (including nursing homes and hospices)
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SSIC Code
86905
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Dialysis services
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SSIC Code
86904
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Home healthcare services
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SSIC Code
86903
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Ambulance and medical evacuation services
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SSIC Code
86203
SSIC Title
Specialised medical services (including day surgical centres)
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SSIC Code
86902
SSIC Title
Medical diagnostic imaging centres (e.g. X-ray services)
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SSIC Code
86901
SSIC Title
Medical laboratories (e.g. blood analysis laboratories)
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SSIC Code
86204
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Dental services
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SSIC Code
86201
SSIC Title
Clinics and other general medical services (Western)
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SSIC Code
86202
SSIC Title
Clinics and other general medical services (Non-Western)
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SSIC Code
86109
SSIC Title
Other hospitals not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (e.g. psychiatric hospital)
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SSIC Code
86102
SSIC Title
Community hospitals
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SSIC Code
86101
SSIC Title
Acute hospitals
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SSIC Code
85509
SSIC Title
Educational support services not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) (excluding online marketplaces)
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SSIC Code
85501
SSIC Title
Student recruitment agencies
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SSIC Code
85502
SSIC Title
Examination and accreditation agencies for education services
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SSIC Code
85408
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Training courses for music, dancing, art, speech and drama
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SSIC Code
85409
SSIC Title
Training courses not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.)
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SSIC Code
85407
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Training courses for sports and games
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SSIC Code
85406
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Training courses for wholesale trade, logistics and transport
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Before you choose an SSIC code for your business, you must:

1. Understand how SSIC codes are structured & which code your business needs to select
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2. Determine what is your business's primary, secondary & ancillary activity

Structure of the SSIC classification

The first and the most important step is to understand how SSIC codes are structured. The latest SSIC classification broadly comprises 21 economic activity categories called ‘sections’. Each section is distinguished by a single alphabet. Each section is further broken down into one or more ‘divisions’. A division is further divided into ‘groups’, a group into ‘classes’, and each class into ‘sub-classes’. Here is an example of how the SSIC hierarchy looks:

Classification level
Classification Title & Code
SECTION
Manufacturing is one of the sections. The code for which is C
DIVISION
There are multiple divisions under the manufacturing section. ‘Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products’ is one such division, the code for which
is 26.
GROUP
Under the division ‘manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products’ is the group ‘manufacture of electronic components and boards’ holding the corresponding code 261.
CLASS
The group ‘manufacture of electronic components and boards’ can be further split into the class ‘manufacture of semiconductor devices’, which holds the classification code 2611.
SUB-CLASS
Under ‘manufacture of electronic components and boards’, there is the sub-class ‘manufacture of wafer fabrication’, which has the SSIC code 26112.

The way to read an SSIC code is to understand that the first two digits stand for the major business division while each digit that follows further refines the classification of the business activity.

When the digit 0 appears at the end of an SSIC code, it is usually an addition because there is no further classification. So, the SSIC code for ‘manufacture of basic iron and steel’ is 2410 because it is the only class within the group ‘manufacture of basic iron and steel’ with the classification code 241.

When 9 appears at the end of your SSIC code, it indicates residual activities that are not significant enough to warrant their own SSIC code. For business activities with SSIC codes ending in 9, the description of the activity ends with the acronym N.E.C, which means ‘not elsewhere classified’.

The SSIC codes that a business unit needs to select are the Sub-class codes which are most relevant to your businesses primary activity (more on this later). This sub-class codes or SSIC codes as they are commonly known are 5 digit codes and include all the information related to the Section, Division, Group, Class and Sub-class. Now that we understand how the SSIC codes are structured, let’s move on to the next step on how to identify one for your business unit.

Primary, Secondary & Ancillary activities & how to define one for
your business

Economic activity is at the heart of SSIC classifications, and businesses must grasp this to choose the appropriate SSIC code. According to SSIC 2020, "An economic activity occurs when resources such as labour, capital, goods, and services are used in a production process to produce goods and services,". It states that there are 3 kinds of economic activity:

  1. Principal activity - Principal activity refers to the activity that contributes the most to the value added (VA) of the goods and services produced by the economic unit, or the activity with the highest VA among the activities of the unit.
  2. Secondary activity refers to each separate activity undertaken by the economic unit which is not the unit’s principal activity.
  3. Ancillary activity refers to activity undertaken to support the main productive activities of an economic unit by providing goods or services entirely for the use of that unit. Examples of such activities are human resource functions, bookkeeping, purchasing, storage and sales promotion.

To put this into context, if your primary activity is the retail selling of mobile phones, a secondary activity may be mobile phone repair, while ancillary activities could include everything from human resources and accounting to sales and advertising.

Economic
Unit
Principal Activity
SSIC 47411 ‘Retail sale of handphones and peripheral equipment’ (VA = 10)
Secondary Activity
SSIC 95120 ‘Repair of communications equipment (e.g. mobile phones and fax machines)’ (VA = 5)
Ancillary Activity
  • Provision of human resource services to hire workers for the handphone retail shop
  • Repair and maintenance of tools to support the firm’s communication equipment repair business
Source:
Singstat

How to determine the principal activity of your business?

Now that you have understood the definitions, the next step would be to determine your principal activity. As mentioned above, it is determined by identifying which activity provides the most Value Added (VA), and the suggested approach to identify the same is using the top-down method.

The top-down method follows a hierarchical principle to ensure that the classification at the lowest level is consistent with the classification at the highest level. So start by creating a table of hierarchy as shown in the illustration below. Starting from top-level i.e. ‘Section’, start plotting which sections does your business operates in. Then move downwards and identify all possible ‘Divisions’, ‘Groups’, ‘Classes’ & ‘Sub-classes’ that your business deals in.

Once this is done, start by identifying the SSIC ‘Section’ that contributes the highest VA, followed by the ‘Division’ and then the ‘Group’ and so on until the highest VA item within the ‘Sub-class’ is obtained. The code of the sub-class that is obtained, is the SSIC code that is most relevant to your business.

Example of how to determine SSIC code using the Top-Down Method

Refer to the example provided below. Based on the top-down method, the SSIC code of the economic unit in the example given below is SSIC 27201 ‘Manufacture of primary batteries’ as the VA of SSIC 27 ‘Manufacture of electrical equipment’ is the highest.

SECTION
C ‘Manufacturing’
(VA = 10)
L 

‘Real Estate Activities’
(VA = 5)
DIVISION

24

‘Manufacture of basic metals’
(VA = 4)
27 ‘Manufacture of electrical equipment’
(VA = 6)
68
‘Real Estate Activities’
(VA = 5)
GROUP
241

‘Manufacture of basic iron and steel’
(VA = 4)
272
‘Manufacture of batteries and accumulators’
(VA = 4)
275
‘Manufacture of domestic appliances’
(VA = 2)
681
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‘Real estate activities with own or leased property’
(VA = 5)
CLASS

2410

‘Manufacture of basic metals’
(VA = 4)
2720
‘Manufacture of batteries and accumulators’
(VA = 4)
2750
‘Manufacture of domestic appliances’
(VA = 2)
6810
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‘Real estate activities with own or leased property’
(VA = 5)
SUB-CLASS

24101

‘Iron and steel rolling mills’
(VA = 4)
27201
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‘Manufacture of primary batteries’
(VA = 4)
27509
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‘Manufacture of domestic appliances n.e.c’
(VA = 2)
68101
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‘Real estate developers’
(VA = 5)
Note: VA refers to value added
Source:
Singstat

What if you cannot determine the Value Added (VA) for your business activities?

If it is difficult to obtain information on VA of the goods sold or services rendered, the principal activity could be determined by other metrics such as:

  • Gross output that is attributable to the goods or services
  • Value of sales or shipments of those groups of products falling into each category of activity
  • Proportion of employment or wages in the various activities

There are multiple businesses & scenarios that can cause confusion e.g. What if you are the retailer of your own manufactured goods - should your primary activity be manufacturing or retail trade? The SSIC 2020 classification highlights many such cases and provides a clear understanding on how to proceed. There are specific scenarios of economic units not yet in operation, outsourcing, online marketplaces, government activities as well as for repair and maintenance activities.

SSIC 2020 edition Vs SSIC 2015 edition - The difference

The SSIC 2020 is the 14th edition of the SSIC and supersedes the previous editions. It is a significant update over the SSIC 2015 (Version 2018) edition.

Section
SSIC 2020
SSIC 2015 (Version 2018)
Division
(2-Digit)
Group
(3-Digit)
Class
(4-Digit)
Sub-class
(5-Digit)
Division
(2-Digit)
Group
(3-Digit)
Class
(4-Digit)
Sub-class
(5-Digit)
A
3
7
13
32
3
8
14
35
B
2
3
3
5
2
3
3
5
C
23
70
133
355
23
70
135
373
D
1
3
3
8
1
3
3
8
E
3
5
5
6
3
5
5
6
F
3
8
11
41
3
8
11
40
G
2
15
49
168
2
16
52
174
H
5
9
17
53
5
9
17
57
I
2
4
7
12
2
4
7
14
J
6
11
21
46
6
10
20
42
K
3
10
22
58
3
10
23
58
L
1
2
2
10
1
2
2
11
M
7
14
16
53
7
14
16
56
N
6
16
26
47
6
15
25
49
O
1
2
5
11
1
2
5
11
P
1
5
9
25
1
5
8
25
Q
3
6
9
27
3
6
9
29
R
4
5
8
18
4
5
8
20
S
3
7
19
43
3
7
19
43
T
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
U
1
1
3
3
1
1
3
3
V
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
81
204
382
1,023
82
204
386
1,062
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

Common SSIC Codes by Industry

Technology

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Development of software and applications (except games and cybersecurity)
62011
Development of software for cybersecurity
62013
Development of computer games
62012
Data analytics, processing and related activities N.E.C
63119

Consulting

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Information technology consultancy (except cybersecurity)
62021
Information technology cybersecurity consultancy
62022
Management consultancy services
70201
Public relations, marketing and brand consultancy services
70205

Online Marketplaces

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Online marketplaces for goods (including food)
63201
Online marketplaces for health services
63202
Online marketplaces for education services
63203
Online marketplaces for services N.E.C
63209

Wholesale Trade

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco N.E.C (including dried or canned)
46309
Wholesale of adults’ clothing
46412
Wholesale of industrial, construction, and related machinery and equipment N.E.C
46549
Wholesale of electronic components
46522

Retail Trade

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Retail sale of fruits and vegetables
47211
Retail sale of handphones and peripheral equipment
47411
Retail sale of textiles
47510
Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods N.E.C
47729

Food and Beverage Service Activities

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Restaurants
56111
Fast food outlets
56121
Pubs
56130
Food caterers
56200

Real Estate Activities

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Real estate developers
68101
Operating serviced apartments
68102
Real estate agencies and valuation services
68201
Residential (other than town councils), commercial and industrial real estate management
68203

Transportation and StoragE

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Street-hail and ride-hail service providers
49214
Shipping companies, including chartering of ships and boats with crew (freight)
50021
Airlines (passengers)
51001
General warehousing
52101

Financial Services

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Full banks
64120
Merchant banks
64140
Finance companies (with deposit-taking functions)
64150
Credit card services
64922

Other Services

SSIC Title
SSIC Code
Legal activities (excluding online marketplaces)
69101
Accounting and auditing services (excluding online marketplaces)
69201
Architectural services
71111
Advertising activities
73100
Art and graphic design services
74192
Universities
85302
Community hospitals
86102
Social services for persons with disabilities (day activity centres, for example)
88102
Fitness centres and gymnasiums
93111
Night clubs, discotheques, dance clubs and karaoke lounges
93203
Beauty salons and spas (including slimming, skin care and hair care centres)
96022

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Frequently asked questions related to SSIC codes

What is an Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) Code?

An SSIC code is a 5 digit number classifying a company’s business activities that it carries out in Singapore. SSIC code helps businesses to identify licence applications, receive government grants and tax incentives, loans and to identify competitors. The SSIC code serves an administrative function such as to analyse economic activity, tax eligibility, industry support schemes etc. Read more about it on our blog: Guide to SSIC codes in Singapore

How many SSIC codes can a company register?

ACRA allows a company to register a maximum of 2 SSIC codes. The primary code should clearly depict the primary business activity. If you are registering 2 codes, it is advisable that both business activities are coherent.

Can SSIC code be changed once registered?

Yes, SSIC codes can be changed. Companies are constantly evolving and there is a good probability that the primary business activity might change over a period of time. Read more about it on our blog: Guide to SSIC codes in Singapore

How to check company SSIC code?

To check the SSIC code registered by your company or any other organization, you can visit Bizfile and search teh ACRA register for entities and public accountants.

What Is ACRA Singapore?

The acronym ACRA stands for Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. ACRA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Singapore. Being a national business registry of Singapore, one of ACRA's functions is to establish and administer a repository of documents and information relating to business entities and public accountants, and to provide access to the public to such documents and information.

Does my company or business type has any impact on SSIC code?

It should be emphasised that an economic unit’s SSIC code does not depend on the following characteristics:

  • Type of ownership - Foreign, local, private or government owned
  • Type of legal organisation  - Sole proprietorship, partnership, company
  • Type of production - Formal or informal production, market or non-market production, production by factories or households
  • Mode of delivery - Internet or traditional brick-and-mortar. For instance: firms that retail clothes solely through the Internet are classified with firms that retail clothes through brick-and-mortar stores.Firms that provide virtual banking services are classified with brick-and-mortar banks.

Can the incorporation be delayed because of the code I chose?

Be careful to select the most relevant SSIC code as a wrong decision could delay your incorporation process by anywhere from two weeks to two months.