Algeria company registration

DOING BUSINESS IN ALGERIA IN 2018

Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group PLC has assisted our Clients with doing business in Algeria. Our services include i) Algeria business registration ii) assistance to find an Algerian joint venture partner iii) corporate bank account opening services in Algeria iv) employee recruitment v) visa strategies and vi) office rental solutions.

Summary table of Algeria company registration

Summary49% tax resident LLCFast business setup solutionNominee LLCFree zone LLCRepresentative office
Also known asSARLSARLSARLSARLLe bureau de liaison
Best use of company?All products and servicesClose a customer deal nowIndustries closed to foreign invesmentManufacturing and export tradingMarketing & research
How soon can you invoice Clients/sign sales contracts?4 months1 month6 weeks6 weeksCannot trade
How soon can you hire staff?4 months1 month6 weeks6 months6 months
How soon can you sign a lease agreement?2 weeks2 weeks2 weeks4 weeks2 weeks
How long to supply corporate bank account numbers?5 months1 month6 weeks6 months6 months
How long to supply company registration/tax numbers?4 months1 month6 weeks6 months6 months
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits?19%19%19%0%Cannot trade
Limited liability entity?YesYesYesYesNo
Government grants available?YesYesYesYesNo
Local joint venture partner required?YesYesYesYesNo
Government approval required for foreign owners?YesYesYesYesYes
Resident director/partner/manager/legal representative required?YesYesYesYesYes
Minimum paid up share capital?US$1,000US$1,000US$1,000US$1,000US$20,000
Can bid for Government contracts?YesYesYesYesNo
Corporate bank account location?Bank ABCBNP ParibasGulf Bank AlgeriaBEACiti
Can secure trade finance?YesYesYesYesNo
VAT payable on sales to local customers?17%17%17%17%Cannot trade
Average total business set up engagement costs?US$12,450Request a proposalRequest a proposalRequest a proposalUS$11,350
Average total engagement period?5 months1 month6 weeks6 months6 months

Algeria company registration summary

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  • Advantages of Algeria company registration

    Algeria business registration facts

    1. Forming an Algeria company only requires foreigners to i) appoint one director ii) one shareholder and pay up a minimum share capital of US$1,000 (DZD100,000). Our Clients do not have to travel to complete the Algerian company formation procedures and corporate bank account opening and our Firm can also assist to find a professional passive local shareholder;
    2. Registering a business in Algeria should become easier over the coming months as the Algerian Government plans to remove the minimum capital requirement to form a local business;
    3. Algeria can be an attractive country to form a company providing services to the oil and gas industry. Algeria is indeed i) the largest producer of gas in Africa and ii) may have the 3rd largest shale gas reserves in the world. However, restrictions to foreign investments have contributed to limit the productivity of this industry so Algeria and its State-owned company Sonatrach are in great need of technology transfers, qualified engineers and foreign know-how.
    4. With a population of 41 million people, and a 36th rank (out of 137 economies) for its market size on the 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Index, Algeria provides a wide consumers base for companies to expand and grow into. The untapped Algerian market is a great avenue for the companies to realise substantial profit margins because the GDP per-capita in Algeria when adjusted by purchasing power parity (PPP) is equivalent to 78% of the world’s average.
  • Disadvantages of Algeria company registration

    1. Registering a foreign-owned company in Algeria constitutes a complex engagement, because:
      • Foreigners are not allowed to fully own Algerian companies and are required to find a local 51% joint venture partner. Our Firm can assist our Clients to comply with this requirement, which applies to all industries, while minimizing the impact over the company’s control and management;
      • Foreigners willing to create a business in Algeria are required to open a capital account, to be used to inject the paid-up capital before Algeria company incorporation. Our Firm can complete this requirement without our Client travelling;
      • Before registering a company in Algeria, it is necessary to sign a lease agreement for physical office space. Our Firm can assist our Clients to find office space in Algeria without them travelling;
      • Algeria’s official language is Arabic. All corporate documents must be translated in either French or Arabic, resulting in higher translations costs. Our English-speaking Clients should also hire local staff as few Algerian speak fluently English;
      • Foreign corporations are not allowed to register a branch in Algeria. Only representative offices are allowed.
    2. Algeria is a difficult market: the local administration is corrupt and inefficient. Local regulations and Courts tend to favor nationals over foreigners and the country is not open to international trade, although its membership application with the World Trade Organization is in advanced negotiation phase;
    3. Corporate income tax is high in Algeria: 19% for manufacturing activities and 26% for most other activities. Dividends are subject to withholding tax at a 15% rate, with only twenty nine double taxation avoidance treaties to reduce such tax payments, mainly signed with other African countries.
    4. There persists an acute problem of corruption in different sectors of the Algerian economy. In fact, the biggest problem whilst incorporating a business in Algeria seems to be the inefficiency of its government bureaucracy.

Company registration

  • Time to incorporate: Twelve weeks
  • Cost to set up: US$12,450
  • Minimum capital: US$1,000
  • Physical office required: Yes

Required appointments

  • Shareholders: 1
  • Directors: 1
  • Company secretary: No
  • Resident director: Yes

Key facts

  • Corporate tax rate: 26%
  • Corporate tax base: Territorial
  • Shelf companies: Unavailable
  • Main company type: SARL

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Contact us

For additional information on our company registration services in Algeria, please email us at email@healyconsultants.com. Alternatively please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Simon Guidecoq, directly: