Morocco company registration


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Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group has assisted our Clients with registering their business in Morocco. Our services include i) Morocco company registration services ii) Government licensing services iii) corporate bank account opening services in Morocco and abroad iv) employee recruitment and Moroccan work visa services and vi) Morocco office rental solutions.

Compare different Morocco entities LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone company Holding company PLC Representative office Branch office
Also known as SARL SARL Entreprise de zone franche Société d'investissements SA Bureau de Liaison Succursale
Best use of company? All products/ svcs Close client deal now Manuf/ export trading Offshore investment holding To get pub. funding Marketing/ research Specific projects
How soon to invoice Clients? 2 months 6 weeks 2 months 2 months 2 months Cannot trade 2 months
How soon can you hire staff? 3 months 8 weeks 3 months 3 months 3 months 3 months 3 months
How soon can you sign a lease agreement? Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately Immediately
How long to supply corporate bank a/c? 2 months 6 weeks 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months
How long to supply co. reg / tax numbers? 2 months 4 weeks 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months
Corporate tax rate on annual business profits? 30% 30% up to 0% US$500 30% Cannot trade 30%
Limited liability entity? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Govt grants available? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Res. director/partner/ legal rep. required? No No Yes No No Yes Yes
Min. paid up share capital? (USD) 1 1 1 1 30,000 None None
Corporate bank account location? Attijariwafa Bank Banque Populaire du Maroc BMCE Bank Société Générale Société Générale CIH Bank Crédit Agricole
Can secure trade finance? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
VAT payable on sales to local customers? 20% 20% Up to 20% None 20% No sales allowed 20%
Average total business set up costs? US$14,105 Inquire a proposal US$17,640 Inquire proposal US$16,475 US$13,825 US$13,825
Average total engagement period? 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months

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Accounting and tax considerations LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone company Holding company PLC Representative office Branch office
Corporate tax rate on annual business profits? 30% 30% 0 to 30% US$500 30% Cannot trade 30%
Legally tax exempt if properly structured? No No Yes No No Cannot trade No
Group HQ tax incentives? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Must file an annual tax return? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Must file annual financial statements? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Must appoint an auditor? No No No No Yes No No
Access to double taxation treaties? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
WH tax on payments to foreign s/holders? 15% 15% 15% No 15% No 15%
Company Registration LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone company Holding company PLC Representative office Branch office
Res. director/partner/ legal rep. required? No No Yes No No Yes Yes
Min. number of shareholders/partners? 1 2 2 2 5 Parent company Parent company
Min. number of directors/managers? 1 1 1 1 3 1 1
Min. statutory paid up share capital? US$1 US$1 US$1 US$1 US$30,000 None None
Time to incorporate a new entity? 2 months 4 weeks 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 2 months
Can easily convert to a PLC? Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A No No
Can have preference shareholders/partners? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Business Considerations LLC Fast setup solutions Free zone company Holding company PLC Representative office Branch office
Good entity for trademark registration? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Can secure an import and export license? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes

Sponsorship by a local citizen required? No
Our Client must travel to Morocco? No
Shelf companies available? No
Temp. physical office solutions available? Yes
You need local resident as bank signatory? No
Can be wholly foreign owned? Yes
The entity will likely be regulated by? Regional Investment Center
Monthly VAT reporting to the Government? Yes
Public register of s/holders and directors? Yes
Govt approval required for foreign owners? Yes
Sign office lease during incorporation? Yes
S/holder/director docs attested/translated? Yes
Can bid for Govt contracts? 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 to local staff ratio? None
Residence visa for business owner? Yes
Other useful information
What will be included in my customer sales invoice? Click link
Morocco has signed free trade agreements? Yes
Morocco is a member of WIPO/TRIPS? Yes
Morocco is a member of the ICSID? Yes
Average custom duties suffered? 17%
Govt foreign investment approval required? Yes
Maximum shareholding for foreigners? 100%
Average monthly office rent? (USD/ sq m) 14
Minimum statutory monthly salary? US$310
Average US$ salary for local skilled staff? 2,270
Security deposit kept with government? No
US$ deposit interest rate? (1 year average) 2.25%
Overseas remittance currency controls? Yes
Banking considerations
Multi-currency bank accounts available? No
Corporate visa debit cards available? Yes
Quality of e-banking platform? Low
Crowd funding available in this country? Yes

Morocco business setup summary

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  • Advantages and disadvantages

    Advantages of Morocco company registration

    business registration in Morocco

    1. Morocco business formation only requires a minimum capital of US$1,000 (MAD10,000) of which only 25% must be paid-up before incorporation. The company can be formed by one shareholder, who can be a foreigner. There is no need for a resident director;
    2. Registering a company in Morocco is easy for a foreigner because:
      • Contrary to many other Northern African and Middle Eastern countries including i) Algeria ii) Libya iii) Saudi Arabia and iv) the United Arab Emirates, foreigners are not required to form a joint venture in order to do business in Morocco;
      • Foreigners are not subject to higher capital requirements than locals in most industries;
      • While business registration with the Moroccan Business Registrar is slow compared to developed countries like i) New Zealand ii) France iii) Singapore or iv) Hong Kong, it is still much faster than other Northern African countries.
      • For the reasons listed above, Morocco is currently ranked by the World Bank as the 43rd best place in the world for the ease of starting a business, before i) the United States (55) ii) Italy (98) or iii) Switzerland (81).
    3. While the standard corporate income tax rate is high (30%), foreigners starting a business in Morocco can benefit from the following tax benefits:
      • Companies operating in a free trade zone in Morocco benefit from a tax holiday of five years. Thereafter, they enjoy a reduced tax rate of 8.75% for the following twenty years;
      • Foreigners starting a local company in Morocco can also secure “Casablanca Finance City” status, which allow them to benefit to i) up to five years of corporate tax holidays and ii) a permanently reduced CIT rate of 10%. Eligible activities include i) investment holding ii) financial services and iii) HR, legal, audit and other professional services;
      • Morocco has entered into at least 50 double taxation avoidance treaties with different countries including i) Singapore ii) Switzerland iii) United States iv) United Kingdom v) Canada vi) Germany vii) United Arab Emirates, among many other jurisdictions;
      • Many other industries benefit from tax benefits, including i) agriculture, which can be permanently tax exempt and ii) accommodation and tourism, which benefit from a five-year tax holidays followed by a permanently reduced rate of 17.5%. Read the invest in Morocco page for the full list of tax exemptions available in Morocco.
    4. Morocco is a great place to start a call center, a farm and other businesses requiring manpower because:
      • The average salary of a Moroccan worker is only €450 (MAD5,000) per month in the private sector. The minimum salary is only €225 on a monthly basis;
      • It is easy to find workers in Morocco, due to an unemployment rate officially at 10% and in reality much higher due to chronic unemployment, notably amongst the younger urban generations;
      • The vast majority of the urban educated workforce is fluent in French and often also speaks English;
      • Employers in need of reducing payroll costs are often allowed to do so. Morocco is indeed ranked as the 38th best place in the world for the flexibility of wages by the World Economic Forum.
    5. Casablanca-Settat is an excellent region and is known as the economic locomotive of Morocco as well as the business hub of Africa. The jurisdiction provides these benefits to the companies:
      • It proves to be an excellent destination for tourism companies since it is the 3rd largest tourist destination in Morocco and offers i) excellent heritage and architecture; ii) world-class golf courses; iii) museums and kasbahs; and iv) entertainment and recreational services to its multinational tourists;
      • Casablanca is the headquarter of all major i) stock exchanges; ii) banking and financial institutions; iii) insurance companies and iv) national and international institutions of Morocco;
      • The port of Casablanca is the largest port of Morocco which supports a i) commercial port; ii) fishing port; iii) a marina; and iv) infrastructure for launching and dry-docking of shipping containers.

    Disadvantages of Morocco company registration

    1. While there are many ways to legally minimize corporate tax, the standard rate is high: 30%. Companies subject to CIT are furthermore subject to a minimum tax corresponding to 0.5% of their turnover. Morocco also implements withholding tax on dividends distributions and branch remittances, at a standard rate of 15%;
    2. It is nearly impossible to open a corporate bank account in Morocco without registering a permanent establishment like a branch or a subsidiary. Additionally, there is a 75% probability that a bank officer will request a bank signatory to travel for a one-hour bank interview;
    3. Arabic and French are the two official languages for conducting business in Morocco. Also, Spanish is widely spoken in the northern Moroccan in areas such as Nador and Al Hoceima. All government documentations in Morocco are required to be in Arabic. Additionally, all business brochures and related documents must be provided in French. As a result, all entrepreneurs who are non-speakers of Arabic, French or Spanish are required to source local distributors and agents to i) interact and conduct business in Morocco; and ii) comply with the local standards and regulations of the country.
  • Best uses for a Moroccan company

    1. Gateway to North Africa: A short distance from Spain and with a large French-speaking population, Morocco is a natural first choice for European firms expanding into North Africa and looking for a country with an attractive holding company regime for their regional headquarters;
    2. Labor intensive services and manufacturing: Many European companies, notably for France and other French speaking countries, relocate to Morocco their call centers, garments factories and other manpower intensive manufacturing activities.

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