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Doing Business – Overview

Doing Business – Overview 2017-05-08T11:49:59+00:00

Business Startup Process in Bangladesh

An entrepreneur has to follow nine specific procedures and legal steps to set up a business in Bangladesh. At the very first, the entrepreneur has to apply to Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC) for Name Clearance Certificate. After receiving the certificate, the next step is to pay stamp duty at a Designated Bank and again apply to RJSC for registration. Then the company makes seal and open a bank account and then apply for trade license to respective City Corporation or Municipal Corporations. After completing all those procedures, the entrepreneur has to approach to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) for receiving TIN Certificate and registering with the Customs, Excise, and VAT Commissionerate. Finally, the investor requires to apply to the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) for registration. The process at very high level looks like the following chart:

PROCEDURE 01

Name Clearance Certificate for Company

The first step is to apply to Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC) for receiving name clearance certificate. This is a pre-requisite for registration of a new company (other than Foreign Company and Partnership firms) or a society or a trade organization. An applicant needs to apply via RJSC website. The RJSC office will check the database and issue name clearance if it does not closely match or resembles with any of the existing names. It will be valid for next 180 days. An applicant will have to apply for registration within this timeline.

Legal Basis of the Certificate, The Companies Act- 1994

Responsible Agency, Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC)

Process Step

Step 1: Applicant fills in the online application
Step 2: Opening an E-account an RJSC website
Step 3: Preliminary name search on RJSC website

Step 4: Makes a payment of fees to designated Bank
Step 5: Submits  the money receipt
Step 6: Obtain the name clearance certificate

Required Documents

1.  A print out of the name clearance certificate

2. Original copy of Money Receipt

Process map of Name Clearance Certificate for Company

Time Less than one day (online procedure)

Fee

BDT 600.00 for each of the proposed names

BDT 100.00 for each time extension application

Contact

Head Office of RJSC:
TCB Bhaban, 1 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh
TEL: 8189401, 8189403, FAX: 8189402
Email: rjsc@roc.gov.bd Website: www.roc.gov.bd

PROCEDURE 02

Pay Stamp Duty at a Designated Bank

Payment of stamp duty is made to the account of the Treasury at the BRAC Bank. According to the Stamp Act 1899 as amended on June 30th, 2012, for an authorized share capital of up to BDT 1,000,000, the total stamp duty fees are BDT 4,000. These include BDT 3,000 for affixing stamps on the Articles of Association, and BDT 1,000 for stamps on the Memorandum of Association. In addition, a certified copy of each document costs BDT 50.

Responsible Agency, Designated Bank

Process Step

Step 1: Payment of stamp duty is made to the account of the Treasury at the BRAC Bank

Required Documents

No document is required

Process map of Pay Stamp Duty at a Designated Bank

Time 1 day

Fee

BDT 3,000 for the Articles of Association + BDT 50 for a certified copy and

BDT 1,000 for the Memorandum of Association + BDT 50 for a certified copy

Contact

Designated Bank’s Branch Office

PROCEDURE 03

Register at Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC)

The promoters of a new entity (having name clearance, where applicable) apply for registration with necessary documents, prescribed forms & schedules and fees, as appropriate to the entity type. The promoters prepares Memorandum/Articles of Association as appropriate to the entity type, submit the registration application through website and Pay the registration fee at the designated Bank. RJSC issues a Certificate of Incorporation upon satisfaction that the promoters obtained name clearance of the proposed entity prior to the registration application, submitted the registration application the Memorandum & Articles of Association & prescribed forms and provided applicable fees.

Legal Basis of the Registration, The Companies Act- 1994

Responsible Agency, Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC)

Process Step

Step 1: Preparing Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) as appropriate to the entity type
Step 2: Visiting RJSC website to apply for company registration
Step 3: Filling in Name Clearance Submission number and letter number
Step 4: Filling in the prescribed forms
Step 5: Attaching the MOA and AOA

Step 6: Submitting the Registration Application
Step 7: Depositing the required fee & receiving the payment slip form designated bank
Step 8: Uploading document in online
Step 9: Printing the uploaded documents and Submitting those documents & payment slip to RJSC office
Step 10: Receiving a Certificate of Incorporation from the RJSC Office

Required Documents

  1. Name clearance certificate
  2. Memorandum and Articles of association
  3. Filled in Form I: Declaration on Registration of Company
  4. Filled in Form VI: Notice of Situation of Registered Office and of Any Change therein
  5. Filled in Form IX: Consent of Director to act
  1. Filled in Form X: List of Persons Consenting to be Directors
  2. Filled in Form XII: Particulars of the Directors, Manager and Managing Agents and of any change therein Evidence of Name Clearance
  3. Proof of payment (i.e. receipt from the designated bank) for Treasury Stamps
  4. TIN Certificate of all Directors

Process map of Register at Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC)

Time Less than one day (online procedure)

Fee

Private Company (Companies Act, 1994)
Stamps
For affixing on the Memorandum of Association: BDT 500.00
For affixing on the Articles of Association:

For Authorized Capital (BDT) Stamp (BDT)
Up to 10,00,000.00  2,000.0
> 10,00,000.00 up to 3,00,00,000.00  4,000.0
> 3,00,00,000.00  10,000.0

Registration Fee

For filing 6 documents (5 filled in forms plus 1 memorandum & articles of association, @ BDT 200.00 per document): BDT 1,200.00
For the authorized share capital:

For Authorized Capital (BDT) Fee (BDT)
(Up to 20,000.00 )  360.00
Additional for every 10,000.00 or part after first 20,000.00 up to 50,000.00  180.00
Additional for every 10,000.00 or part after first 50,000.00 up to 10,00,000.00  45.00
Additional for every 10,000.00 or part after first 10,00,000.00 up to 50,00,000.00  24.00
Additional for every 1,00,000.00 or part after first 50,00,000.00  45.00

Contact

Head Office of RJSC:
TCB Bhaban, 1 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh
TEL: 8189401, 8189403, FAX: 8189402
Email: rjsc@roc.gov.bd , Website: www.roc.gov.bd

PROCEDURE 04

Make a Company Seal

Business founders can make a company seal at the Seal maker for BDT 100-200

Process Step

An entrepreneur will go to any seal making shop and order a company seal

Required Documents

No documentation is required

Time 2-4 hours

Fee

BDT 100-200

Contact

Any seal making shop

PROCEDURE 05

Open a Bank Account

A company must first open a bank account In order to register for VAT. An entrepreneur will go to the concerned Bank and open a Bank account.

Responsible Agency, Bank

Process Step

In order to register for VAT, the company must first open a bank account. Detailed procedures should be discussed with the Bank.

Time 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure)

Fee

Usually no charge

Contact

Entrepreneur can communicate with any public or private bank in Bangladesh

PROCEDURE 06

Obtain a Trade License

Getting a trade license is one of the important steps of starting business in Bangladesh. An entrepreneur needs to receive the trade license from City Corporation or City Council of the respective business area. The trade license filled-in application form must be accompanied by the required documents.

Legal Basis of the Certificate, The Companies Act- 1994
1. Dhaka City Corporation Ordinace – 1983
2. Municipal Taxation Rules – 1986

Responsible Agency, City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad

Process Step

Step 1:  Collect prescribed Application Form from the City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad’s Office
Step 2: Submit completed Application Form with supporting documents to the concerned section

Step 3: Inspection by the Licensing Supervisor
Step 4: Deposit required fees at the concerned office
Step 5: Obtain Trade License form the City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad office

Required Documents

  1. Application Form
  2. National ID Card of the Entrepreneur
  3. Holding Tax Payment receipt
  4. Recent Passport Size Picture of the Entrepreneur
  5. Declaration  of  non –Judicial stamp to abide by the rules & regulation of City Corporation & Municipal Corporation
  6. A certified copy of the memorandum and articles of association

  1. A copy of the certificate of incorporation
  2. Agreement of Parthership
  3. Tax Identification Number certificate
  4. A copy of the lease agreement of the registered office
  5. Work Permit from Board of Investment
  6. Statement of Bank Solvency

Process map of Name Clearance Certificate for Company

Time 7 days

Fee

Application Fee: BDT 10.00
License Fee: Ranges from BDT 1000-20000 which depends on the nature /type of the business (Informatin can be collected form City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad)
For Limited company, License fee is determined on the basis of paid up capital.

Contact

City Corporation, Municipal Corporation& Union Parishad Office
For Dhaka City

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC)
Nagar Bhaban, Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000
Phone:- +8802 9563504, +8802 9563506
Email: administrator@dhakacity.org
Website: http://www.dhakasouthcity.gov.bd/

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC)
Nagar Bhaban, House # 81, Gulshan, Dhaka 1212
Phone: +88-02-9896111
Fax: +88-02-9894391
Email: cro@dncc.gov.bd
Website: http://www.dncc.gov.bd

PROCEDURE 07

Obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) Certificate for Company

In order to start business operations, every company must receive TIN Certificate from NBR. An entrepreneur can apply in online filling out prescribed online form and obtain TIN Certificate instantly. Alternatively, the entrepreneur can register for taxes at the appropriate taxation authority (Deputy Commission of Taxes of Company Circle, Zonal Taxation Department) under the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and obtain a tax identification number.

Legal Basis of the Certificate, The Companies Act- 1994
3. Dhaka City Corporation Ordinace – 1983
4. Municipal Taxation Rules – 1986

Responsible Agency, City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad

Process Step

Step 1: Collect prescribed Application Form from the City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad’s Office
Step 2: Submit completed Application Form with supporting documents to the concerned section

Step 3: Inspection by the Licensing Supervisor
Step 4: Deposit required fees at the concerned office
Step 5: Obtain Trade License form the City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad office

Required Documents

  1. Application Form
  2. National ID Card of the Entrepreneur
  3. Holding Tax Payment receipt
  4. Recent Passport Size Photo of the Entrepreneur
  5. Declaration  of  non –Judicial stamp to abide by the rules & regulation of City Corporation & Municipal Corporation
  6. A certified copy of the memorandum and articles of association

  1. A copy of the certificate of incorporation
  2. Agreement of Parthership
  3. Tax Identification Number certificate
  4. A copy of the lease agreement of the registered office
  5. Work Permit from Board of Investment
  6. Statement of Bank Solvency

Process map of Obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) Certificate for Company

Time 7 days

Fee

Application Fee: BDT 10.00
License Fee: Ranges from BDT 1000-20000 which depends on the nature /type of the business (Informatin can be collected form City Corporation/ Municipal Corporation/ Union Parishad)
For Limited company, License fee is determined on the basis of paid up capital.

Contact

City Corporation, Municipal Corporation& Union Parishad Office
For Dhaka City

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC)
Nagar Bhaban, Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000
Phone:- +8802 9563504, +8802 9563506
Email: administrator@dhakacity.org
Website: http://www.dhakasouthcity.gov.bd

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC)
Nagar Bhaban, House # 81, Gulshan, Dhaka 1212
Phone: +88-02-9896111
Fax: +88-02-9894391
Email: cro@dncc.gov.bd
Website: http://www.dncc.gov.bd

PROCEDURE 08

VAT Registration

For VAT purposes, companies register with the Customs, Excise, and VAT Commissionerate under the National Board of Revenue. The company’s VAT is regulated by the Customs, VAT and Excise Department of the region in which it operates. When an enterprise submits a VAT Registration application to the VAT authority an application must accomplish or enclosed the Trade License, Bank Solvency Certificate, TIN Certificate, Copy of BOI Registration & Deed of Agreement.

Legal Basis of the Registration, The Value Added Tax Act, 1991

Responsible Agency, National Board of Revenue (NBR)(RJSC)

Process Step

Step 1:  Collecting prescribed application form from the NBR Zonal Office or NBR website
Step 2: Submitting filled in application form with supporting documents to the Zonal Office
Step 3: Verifying the documents by NBR officials

Step 4: Physical inspection of the business premises
Step 5: Obtaining a VAT Registration Certificate

Required Documents

Fill-up an application form
Enterprise Trade License.
Bank Solvency Certificate.
Owners 02 photograph.
National ID/Passport copy of owners.
IRC/ERC if enterprise is doing Import and Export Business.

Article & Memorandum of Association (if enterprise is Limited Company.)
TIN Certificate
Location map of Enterprise premises
Copy of BOI Registration
Deed of Agreement

Process map of VAT Registration

Time 1-2 Working day

Fee

No Charge

Contact

National Board of Revenue (NBR)
Segun Bagicha, Dhaka-1000
Phone: +88-02-9358223
Website: http://www.nbr-bd.org/

PROCEDURE 09

Registration with the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA)

A foreign investor is required to be registered with BIDA. It is essential to obtain many licenses and permits such as Import Registration Certificate, Export Registration Certificate, Bond License, etc to run business in Bangladesh. The BIDA registration is also mandatory for obtaining industrial plot in the special economic zone. The investor needs to collect the application form from BIDA and submit the filled up form along with supporting documents to the respective department of BIDA.

Legal Basis of the Certificate, The Investment Board Act-1989

Responsible Agency, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA)

Process Step

Step 1:  Collect a local investment registration form from Registration & Investment Division of BIDA
Step 2: Deposit the Registration fee, as per fee schedule from any scheduled bank in favor of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority and collect a pay order/bank order

 

Step 3: Submitt the completed application form with supporting documents to the concerned section
Step 4: BIDA reviews the application and documents
Step 5: If the application is approved, the Regisrtation Certificate will be issued

Required Documents

  1. Application in duly filled in prescribed form
  2. Trade License
  3. Certificate of Incorporatin along with Memorandum of Association (MOA)
  4. Partnership Deeds
  5. Deeds of the proposed land
  1. Project profile,if the total project cost exceeds BDT 100 million
  2. Background of the proprietors in officials letter head pad
  3. Pay Order/Bank Order for applicable registration fee in favor of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
  4. TIN Certificate

Process map of Registration with the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA)

Time 15-30 working days

Fee

Registration fee for local Investment

Registration fee for foreign Investment

Amount (BDT)  Required fee(BDT)  Amount (BDT)  Required fee(BDT)
Up to 1 Crore  5,000/-  Up to 10 Crore  5,000/-
10-25 Crore  10,000/-  10-25 Crore  10,000/-
25-50 Crore  25,000/-  25-50 Crore  25,000/-
50-100 Crore  50,000/-  50-100 Crore  50,000
Over 100 Crore  1,00,000/-

Contact

Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
Prime Minister’s Office
Jiban Bima Tower (19th Floor)
10 Dilkusha C/A, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
PABX: +880 2 957 7271-2, Fax: +880 2 956 2312
Email : service@bida.gov.bd, Website : www.bida.gov.bd

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