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Registration of Food Storage Warehouse

With effect from 1 November 2011, all warehouses storing food items that are currently not regulated by any government agency are required to be registered by AVA.

A circular had been issued and circulated to the local food processing establishments, the food traders and warehouse operators on 29 September 2011 to notify them on the new requirement. To view the circular, please click here.

AVA had also held few briefing discussions on the 7 & 10 October 2011 respectively to the industry members to explain about the requirement and provide guidance on the registration process.  The presentation slide is available for download here.


Definition of Food Storage Warehouse

A “food storage warehouse” will be defined as any building, facility, structure, or premise, where food is stored for the sale or distribution to other processors, wholesalers or any other business selling or distributing to the ultimate consumer. A “warehouse operator” will be defined as a person engaged in the business of operating or controlling a food storage warehouse.

Requirements for Registration

Registration of Company

Before an applicant can be registered with AVA, he is required to register with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (or ACRA) under the Business Registration Act (Cap. 32); or in the case of a company, incorporated or registered under the Companies Act (Cap. 50).

Companies that Need to Register

The below illustrates whether an existing food storage warehouse required to be registered with AVA:


Registration with AVA Required

( Yes/ No)

(a) Warehouses that  are situated at AVA licensed food processing establishment


(b) All existing AVA licensed cold stores storing only frozen meat and seafood that are already licensed under the Wholesome Meat and Fish Act


(c) All other cold stores storing  other processed food products and do not hold an AVA food processing establishment licence


(d) Warehouses that are currently under the purview of other government agencies such National Environment Agency and Health Sciences Authority


(e) Importers /traders whom engage  third party/ service warehouses who had already registered their warehouses with AVA


(f) All other food storage warehouses (none of above)  including third party/service warehouses


Registration Application Process

An applicant should submit a duly completed application form for the Registration to operate a food storage warehouse on-line, via, the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS) together with the supporting documents such as layout plan, pest control contract and tenancy/purchase agreement/ letter of declaration.

A step by step guide on the registration procedure can be downloaded here.

All food storage warehouses are advised to align their practices to AVA’s recommended Good Warehousing Practices (GWP). A copy of GWP in chinese version is also available for download here.

Warehouse Categories

The registration of the food storage warehouse will start with effect from 1 November 2011. A warehouse is categorized into four categories based on the risk of food products.  


Example of Products in this category

(High Risk Products)

Cheese, butter, ice cream and infant/baby food

(Chilled & Frozen Food)

Juices, pastries, desserts, fruits and vegetables and soups.

(Food requiring cool storage environment)

Spices, dried goods, chocolates, chocolate confectionery, sauces, cereals, jams, spreads, coffee beans, tea leaves, shelled eggs, egg products and alcoholic beverages.


(Food usually stored at ambient temperature)

Instant noodles, snacks, nuts, canned food products, rice, edible fats and oils, food ingredients and bakery products.

Registration Fees

The application fee is a one-off payment of $ 21.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) and is non-refundable. There are currently no additional charges for the registration of food storage warehouse.

The Warehouse Registration Number will be issued within seven working days from the date of the application. The approval letter will be sent to the applicants via email or post.

Inspection of Registered Premises

All registered food storage warehouses would be subjected to regular inspections by AVA. The food storage warehouse operators are advised to align their practices to AVA’s recommended Good Warehousing Practices (GWP). A copy of GWP in chinese version is also available for download here.

During the inspection, the ColdStore/ Warehouse Inspection Checklist will be used to assess the food storage warehouses.

Renewal/ Update/ Termination of Registration

Currently, the food storage warehouse Registration Number is not subjected to renewal. However, if there are changes made to your organisation’s profile or you intend to discontinue the services/ business, you are required  to write in to AVA at to UPDATE your organisation’s profile or to TERMINATE your food storage warehouse registration


If you have further enquiries

Please call the AVA Contact Centre via 6325 7625 or email us.

Alternatively, please visit our Contact Info page.
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Last updated on 27 January 2014
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