Natural rubber was an important commodity in the economic life of Singapore since the early 1900s when the tree “Hevea Brasiliensis” was nurtured and propagated as a plantation crop for colonial Singapore and Malaya. It spread to other countries and is today recognised historically as one of the principal crops of national development in Southeast Asia.
Rubber being one of the oldest commodities traded in Singapore. Singapore emerged as the world’s main sorting and export centre for rubber in the 1900s, in tandem with Singapore’s development into a major port-of-call for ships plying between Europe and East Asia. Rubber played a key role in Singapore’s development as a trading and economic hub. Brief Statistics:
(as updated in January 2021)
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