Gabon special economic zones in 2022
Healy Consultants will be pleased to assist our Clients to register their company in Gabon’s free zones (GSEZs). The Gabonese Government has launched 2 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) – i) Nkok SEZ and ii) Mandji Tax-free Zone. These Gabon SEZs offer multiple benefits including:
- 100% corporate tax exemption for 10 years;
- No restrictions on hiring foreign labor;
- 100% exemption from i) withholding tax ii) property tax iii) VAT and iv) import duties for 25 years;
|Summary at a Glance||Nkok SEZ||Mandji Tax-free Zone|
|Total area available (in hectares)||1,100||1,500|
|FTZs used mostly by which industry?||Timber||Oil & Gas|
|Average annual Industrial space rent per 1000 sq. m.||US$65,000||US$65,000|
|How long to set the company up?||3 months||3 months|
|How long to open company bank account?||4 weeks||4 weeks|
|Quality of Utilities||Fair||Fair|
|Allowed to sign sales contracts with Gabon Clients?||Yes||Yes|
|Allowed to invoice Gabon Clients?||Yes||Yes|
|Corporate tax payable in Gabon for 10 years||0%||0%|
|Corporate bank account||Citibank Gabon||Citibank Gabon|
|Physical office space required||Yes||Yes|
|Industrial space availability||Many||Many|
|Allowed to import raw materials?||Yes||Yes|
|Allowed to export goods?||Yes||Yes|
|Wholly foreign owned||Yes||Yes|
|Can the entity hire expatriate staff in Gabon?||Yes||Yes|
|Minimum number of directors||1||1|
|Minimum number of shareholders||1||1|
|Tax registration certificate required||Yes||Yes|
|Individual shareholders allowed||Yes||Yes|
|Corporate shareholders allowed||Yes||Yes|
|Corporate director(s) allowed||No||No|
|Public register of shareholders and directors||Yes||Yes|
|LLC company allowed?||Yes||Yes|
|Can apply for immigration visas||Yes||Yes|
|Annual audited financial statements||Yes||Yes|
Frequently asked questions
How to register a company in Gabon free zone?In order to incorporate in the Gabon tax free trade zone, our Clients will be required to apply for approval from the relevant from the authorities. Next steps will include i) reservation of business name ii) preparation of incorporation documents iii) notarization of the documents and iv) tax and business license registration.
I wish to establish a Gabon free trade zone company. Can Healy Consultants assist me?Yes. Healy Consultants will be pleased to assist our Clients with Gabon free zone company setup. Alongside, we also assist our Clients with their accounting obligations.
What are the advantages of a Gabon free zone company?A Gabon free zone company offers multiple benefits: exemption from corporate tax, withholding tax, VAT, property tax and import duties.
How many Gabon local company directors must my company appoint?Only 1 director is required for Gabon free zone company incorporation.
How many shareholders are required for a free zone company in Gabon?Only 1 shareholder is required for starting a free zone company in Gabon.
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