Business entities in Haiti

Business entities in Haiti

Since 2003, Healy Consultants provides our Clients with the best corporate structures for business in the Haiti. There most common corporate vehicle preferred by entrepreneurs is the setting up of a public limited company, locally known as Societe Anonyme (SA). Foreign legal entities may also register a branch office or a representative office in Haiti.

The Haitian limited liability company (SA)

    Choosing the optimal business structure in Haiti
  • The Haitian SA is the most common corporate structure used by investors entering the Haitian market. This entity requires at least 3 shareholder to be incorporated. The Haitian commercial code demands that 1 of the shareholders be a Haitian national. A SA must also appoint at least 1 director from the 3 shareholders, who does not need to be resident in Haiti. A SA requires a minimum paid up share capital of HTG25,000 (US$500) to be incorporated;
  • It is mandatory according to the Haitian commercial code to hire a Haitian lawyer when incorporating a public limited company in Haiti.

The Haiti branch (succursale)

The Haitian commercial code permits foreign legal entities looking to do business in Haiti to establish a branch office in Haiti. This entity’s scope of operations in Haiti is entirely defined and controlled by the parent company. When incorporating a branch in Haiti, the law demands that a lawyer be instituted to complete the incorporation.

The Haiti representative office (bureau de representation)

Foreign entities can establish representative offices in Haiti for the sole purpose of conducting market research and promotion activities of their parent company’s products and services. This entity is not considered a legal entity and is not permitted to carryon any commercial activity in Haiti.

Comparison table between Haiti business entities

 LLCBranch officeRep office
Also known as:SASuccursaleBureau de representation
How long to set the company up?20 weeks25 weeks20 weeks
How long to open company bank account?7 weeks7 weeks7 weeks
Legal liability?LimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Wholly foreign owned?NoNoYes
Minimum share capital?US$500US$1US$1
File annual tax return?YesYesNo
Tax registration certificate required?YesYesNo
Recommended corporate bank account?ScotiaBankHaiti National BankCapital Bank
Does our Client need to travel?NoNoNo
Resident director required?NoNoNo
Resident shareholder required?NoNoNo
Haitian national shareholder required?YesYesNo
Minimum directors allowed?111
Minimum shareholders?311
Tax identification code (TIN) needed?YesYesNo
Haiti resident company secretary required?NoNoNo
Corporate shareholders allowed?YesYesYes
Corporate director(s) allowed?YesYesYes
Haiti corporate tax rate?30%30%0%
Annual financial statements required?YesYesNo
Statutory audit required?NoNoNo
Regulated by?Haitian Ministry of Commerce & IndustryHaitian Ministry of Commerce & IndustryHaitian Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Allowed to issue sales invoices?YesYesNo
Allowed to sign contracts?YesYesNo
Allowed to import and export goods?YesYesNo
Can rent an office space in Haiti?YesYesYes
Can buy Haiti property?YesYesNo
Can own equity in other Haiti companies?YesYesNo
Total Haiti business setup costs in Yr. 1US$17,550US$18,550US$19,550
Subsequent annual costs (incl. accounting and tax fee)US$8,900US$7,900US$8,900
Sample engagement invoiceHaiti LLC invoiceHaiti Branch office invoiceHaiti Rep office invoice

Contact us

For additional information on our business setup services in Haiti, please email us at email@healyconsultants.com. Alternatively please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Karen Lee, directly:
client relationship officer - Karen
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