Cambodia company registration


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Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group has been efficiently and effectively assisting our Clients with i) Cambodia business registration ii) business licensing iii) Cambodia corporate banking solutions iv) visa options and staff recruitment strategies and v) workspace rental solutions.

Compare different Cambodia entities LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone LLC Public limited company Representative office Branch office
Best use of company? All products and services Client to fast close local deal Manuf/ export trading To secure public funding Marketing/ research Specific projects
How soon to invoice Clients? 10 weeks 4 weeks 12 weeks 14 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks
How soon can you hire staff? 10 weeks 4 weeks 12 weeks 14 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks
How soon can you sign a lease agreement? Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately
How long to supply corporate bank a/c? 14 weeks 8 weeks 16 weeks 18 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks
How long to supply co. reg / tax numbers? 10 weeks 4 weeks 12 weeks 14 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits? 20% 20% 0% 20% 0% 20%
Government grants available? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resident director required? No No No No No No
Tax representative required? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rec. minimum paid up share capital? US$1,000 US$1,000 US$100,000 US$1,000 None None
Corporate bank account location? Acleda Bank ANZ Royal Bank Cambodia Cathay United Bank BOC Cambodia ANZ Royal Bank Cambodia Acleda Bank
VAT payable on sales to local customers? 10% 10% 10% 10% None 10%
Average total business set up costs? US$16,135 TBD TBD US$14,185 US$15,685 US$15,685
Average total engagement period? 16 weeks 16 weeks 18 weeks 20 weeks 16 weeks 16 weeks

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Accounting and tax considerations LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone LLC Public limited company Representative office Branch office
Statutory corporate tax payable? 20% 20% 0% 20% 0% 20%
Legally tax exempt if properly structured? No No Yes No Yes No
Must file an annual tax return? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Must file annual financial statements? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Must appoint an auditor? No No No Yes No No
Access to double taxation treaties? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
WH tax on payments to foreign s/holders? 14% 14% 14% 14% None 14%
Company Registration LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone LLC Public limited company Representative office Branch office
Min. number of shareholders/partners? 1 1 1 1 Parent company Parent company
Minimum statutory paid up share capital? US$1,000 US$1,000 US$1,000 US$1,000 None None
Shelf companies available? Yes Yes No Yes No No
Time to incorporate a new entity? 10 weeks 4 weeks 12 weeks 14 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks
Can easily convert to a PLC? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Public register of s/holders and directors? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Can have preference shareholders? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Business Considerations LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone LLC Public limited company Representative office Branch office
Good entity for trademark registration? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Can secure an import and export license? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Limited liability entity? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Sponsorship by a local citizen required? No
Our Client must travel to Cambodia? No
Temp. physical office solutions available? Yes
Require local resident as bank signatory? No
Can be wholly foreign owned? Yes
Security deposit kept with government? No
Govt approval required for foreign owners? No
Can bid for Government contracts? Yes
Can secure trade finance? Yes
The entity will likely be regulated by? Ministry of Commerce
Maximum shareholding for foreigners? 100%
Minimum number of directors/managers? 1
Group HQ tax incentives? No
Monthly VAT reporting to the Government? Yes
Must sign an office lease agreement? Yes
S/holder/director docs attested/translated? Yes
Foreign director needs personal tax no.? No
Foreign non resident director needs a residence visa? No
Maximum number of staff allowed? No maximum number for any entity
Expatriate percentage? 10%
Secure residence visa for business owner? Yes
Other useful information
What is included in my cust. sales invoice? Click link
Cambodia has signed free trade agreements? Yes
This country is a member of WIPO/TRIPS? Yes
This country is a member of the ICSID? Yes
Average custom duties suffered? 9.0
Govt foreign investment approval required? No
Average monthly office rent? (US$/sq m) 20
Minimum statutory monthly salary? 153
Average US$ salary for local skilled staff? 340
US$ deposit interest rate? (1 year average) 1.4
Overseas remittance currency controls? Yes
Banking considerations
Multi-currency bank accounts available? Yes
Corporate visa debit cards available? Yes
Quality of e-banking platform? Good
Crowd funding available in this country? Yes

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  • Advantages and Disadvantages

    Advantages of Cambodia company registration

    Cambodia business registration advantages

    1. A Cambodia limited liability company can be established with only i) two shareholders ii) one director, who all can be foreigners and do not need to be residing in Cambodia to complete the procedures. Registration of a Cambodia company only requires US$1,000;
    2. The Government’s Qualified Investment Project (QIP) offers resident companies incentives, including:
      • 100% corporate tax exemption for up to nine years;
      • No price controls on investors’ products or services;
      • Duty-free imports of production equipment and materials;
      • Ability to have a long-term lease on land (50 year term with a 50 year extension);
      • 40% special depreciation allowance on the value of new assets used in manufacturing and processing;
    3. One of the key drivers of the Cambodian economy is the tourism sector. Tourism has contributed a 12.2% to Cambodia’s GDP in 2016, according to the report from World Travel and Tourism Council. Moreover, the Cambodian government has further taken measures to promote eco-tourism and implement projects that that enhance the development of the tourism sector of the nation.

    Disadvantages of Cambodia company registration

    1. Doing business and invest in Cambodia can be difficult because:
      • It can take up to four months to complete registration of a company in Cambodia and get its business licenses approved;
      • Before starting a new company in Cambodia, its owners must sign a lease for physical office space. A registered address only is disallowed and a government inspection of the company premises will be conducted;
      • It takes on average no less than two years to obtain a construction permit in Cambodia, to be compared with an average of less than 5 months in other Asia-Pacific countries;
      • Application for electricity connection takes an average of 6 months to be reviewed by Electricite du Cambodge, the sole national electricity provider in Cambodia. Frequent power cuts furthermore increase production downtime, according to the Foreign Business Leader survey;
      • Cambodia lacks proper waterway infrastructure, making it more expensive to transport commodities in comparison with other South-East Asia countries;
      • According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, roads and railways in Cambodia are highly underdeveloped;
      • For all reasons listed above, Cambodia is ranked as the 6th most difficult place to run a business in Asia Pacific by the World Bank.
    2. Companies are subject to a corporate tax rate of 20% on their global earnings in Cambodia and the country has not signed yet any double taxation avoidance treaty with other countries;
    3. Before completion of Government registrations, it is mandatory for all Cambodian company to appoint a resident tax representative.
    4. It is hard to find skilled labor in Cambodia, because:
      • Only 10% of the population speaks English;
      • Internet literacy rate in Cambodia is only 5%;
      • Only 5% of the population enters tertiary education;
      • It takes three to six months to obtain work permit for a foreign professional.
    5. There is widespread corruption and inefficient government bureaucracy in Cambodia. The nation has been ranked poorly at the 161st position (out of 180 nations) in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017.
  • Best uses for a Cambodia company

    1. Cambodia is an excellent place to setup a manufacturing company in Southeast Asia, because:
      • Cambodian companies can export their goods free of duty customs to most main consumers markets worldwide. Several countries have indeed granted duty free access to Cambodia, including: i) the United States ii) the European Union iii) Japan iv) Australia v) New Zealand vi) China and vii) Turkey, as well as all the ASEAN countries;
      • Companies incorporated in one of Cambodia’s four free trade zones are exempt from i) import and export duties ii) income tax for up to 9 years and iii) VAT;
      • Average monthly wage for skilled labor in Cambodia is US$800. Minimum monthly salary is only US$128;
      • Average monthly rental for warehouses is only US$0.2 per sq. m.;
      • There is no foreign exchange controls to hinder repatriation of funds from Cambodia;
      • Because of the above, the textile industry has boomed in Cambodia, with over 300 factories located in the country working for international textile and garments corporations.

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