Logistics have been a significant part of Singapore’s economy consistently contributing to 5% of GDP over the years. In 2013, there are more than 7000 logistics companies employing more than 180,000 people. This sector will continue to be a pivotal infrastructure to the Singapore economy and Southeast Asia.
A fragmented landscape is observed in the logistics sector with a handful companies embracing the use of advance technologies like robotics while the bulk of logistics mainstream are still behind the curve struggling with more labour–intensive processes. In the last decade, rising overhead cost and lack of drivers in the sector further affected by a tight foreign labour policy pose tremendous challenges, especially to the smaller players.
IMDA explores innovative use of existing and disruptive technologies to address sector issues and provide a sustainable ecosystem in targeted areas of focus in Urban Logistics and International Trade & Logistics.
We envisage a path-finding journey across the logistics sector to validate innovative ideas to achieve sector productivity improvement, to reduce (reliance in foreign workforce) dependency of labour-intensive processes and to enable value creation to enhance Singapore Logistics hub proposition and hopefully level the playing field in some industry.
 Sources of GDP, companies and industry workforce numbers are from SPRING, DoS and WDA respectively
Source: Department of Statistics & SPRING Singapore
|Logistics Industry Statistics
|No. of Establishments
|Operating Receipts ($b)
|GDP Contribution (%)
|Notes: Industry cluster as defined by SPRING
Source: Department of Statistics 2013
|Industries / Size of Operating Receipt
|ESTABs with <$1m
|ESTABs with $1m - <$10m
|ESTABs with $10m - <$100m
|ESTABs with $100m & above
The following are the key areas and initiatives that we are focusing our innovation efforts on. Please click on the links below for more information.