ECONOMY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Singapore struggles with sand supply

Its biggest suppliers, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, have halted sand exports.

According to Bloomberg, by filling the sea along its coasts with imported sand, Singapore has expanded its physical size by about 24% since 1960, according to data from the Singapore Land Authority.

At just 278 square miles, the country is smaller in size than New York City. Yet some of Singapore’s key assets — like its shipping port, one of the world’s busiest, and the airport, which is rated among the world’s best — currently sit on land that didn’t previously exist. Same goes for many of the new skyscrapers that make up the iconic skyline of the city, like the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino.

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