DOING BUSINESS IN MOLDOVA
Since 2003, Healy Consultants efficiently and effectively assists our Clients with i) Moldova business registration ii) business licensing (when required) iii) Moldova business banking solutions iv) visa options and staff recruitment strategies and v) work space rental solutions.
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Advantages and disadvantages
Advantages of Moldova company registration
- A limited liability company in Moldova can be registered with a minimum of one shareholder and one director of any nationality. The minimum paid-up capital required for registering a company in Moldova is US$300 and our Client will not need to travel to complete the engagement;
- Registering a business in Moldova offers our Clients the following fiscal advantages:
- Moldova’s corporate tax rate is 12% which is quite competitive in the region and the tax and customs framework is similar to that of the EU. This makes it tax-efficient jurisdiction to set up a business in Moldova;
- Registering a company in a Moldovan free economic zone offers the following tax incentives: i) 50% corporate tax deduction on income obtained from export of goods originating from the FEZ ii) 25% reduction of corporate tax on all other income iii) three year tax exemption on profits obtained from goods exported from the FEZ (minimum investment of US$1 million) and iv) five year tax exemption on profits obtained from goods exported from FEZ (minimum investment of US$5 million);
- Subsidiaries registered in Moldova will often benefit from waived/reduced withholding tax when remitting dividends and interest to their foreign parent company, as the country has a significant network of double taxation avoidance treaties with 48 countries including: i) Austria ii) Belgium iii) Bulgaria iv) Canada v) China vi) France vii) Germany viii) Ireland ix) Luxembourg x) Netherlands and xi) the United Kingdom;
- Moldova has a well skilled multilingual workforce with low employment costs as minimum wage is 1,800 Lei (US$96) per month;
- Foreigners running a business in Moldova there are no restrictions on i) foreign investments ii) foreign currency exchange controls and iii) capital imports and exports.
Disadvantages of Moldova company registration
- In Moldova, the official language is Romanian therefore some business documents may need to be translated into this language. This slows down the process of company registration in Moldova. It is also a constraint when doing business in the country as communicating with employees and government officials is a problem for foreign investors;
- Our Clients forming a company in Moldova will face the following difficulties when exporting products abroad:
- Moldova is a landlocked country therefore making it quite difficult to transport products within as well as out of the country as the roads are bad and the nearest port is on the Danube river;
- While Moldova is in close proximity to the large European Union (EU) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) markets, registering a business in Moldova will not be a practical solution to sell products and services to these markets, as Moldova is not part of these customs unions;
- A significant hurdle for business operations in Moldova is government bureaucracy. Obtaining necessary licenses to do business is time-consuming and costly. Healy Consultants will be happy to help you handle your administrative requirements.
- Corruption is a major constraint for business as public officials expect gifts to get things done. Interaction with tax officials, customs services and the judicial system often involves demands for facilitation of payments in order to expedite bureaucratic procedures and to overcome complicated and time-consuming administrative procedures. These factors as well as political instability collectively contribute to make Moldova a risky place to do business.
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- Time to incorporate: Two weeks
- Cost to set up: €7,950
- Minimum capital: €300
- Physical office required: No
- Shareholders: 1
- Directors: 1
- Company secretary: No
- Resident director: No
- Corporate tax rate: 12%
- Corporate tax base: Worldwide
- Shelf companies: No
- Main company type: SRL