15 steps to incorporating in Mozambique in 2021
The processes of incorporating a company in Mozambique and opening a corporate bank account is straightforward and can be completed in five weeks. Our Client will not have to travel to the country provided a Power of Attorney is granted to Healy Consultants to complete all procedures on our Client’s behalf. The procedures are as follows:
- Consultation: Prior to company registration, our Client i) signs and email-returns our Client engagement letter ii) settles Healy Consultants fees and iii) provides all the required due diligence documents;
- Corporate structure: Our team and the Client agree on the following: i) proposed business activity ii) proposed company names (in order of preference) iii) share capital amount and iv) license requirements;
- Power of attorney: Healy Consultants emails our Client the draft power of attorney document (in Portuguese) for their signature, notarization and email return;
- Name reservation: Healy Consultants thereafter i) performs a company name search with the Legal Entities Registrar of Maputo, ii) reserves the available name for the Client’s company and iii) obtains a certificate of uniqueness name.
- Personal tax number: Healy Consultants Group PLC proceeds to secure the personal tax numbers for the foreign directors of the proposed company;
- Social contract: Healy Consultants emails our Client the Articles of Association (in Portuguese) for their signature, notarization and email return;
- Corporate bank account opening: Healy Consultants banking team i) opens a provisional corporate bank account with a leading bank in Mozambique ii) requests our Client to deposits the initial share capital and iii) obtains a verification of deposit. Some of the banks we work with include Barclays bank, Standard Bank, First National Bank and Banc ABC;
- Company Incorporation: Healy Consultants submits all the documents to the Legal Entities Registrar of Maputo to initiate the company incorporation process;
- Healy Consultants incorporation team thereafter i) obtains a commercial registry certificate, and ii) publishes the new company statues in the Official Gazette (Boletins da República).
- Tax registration: Following company incorporation, Healy Consultants registers our Client’s new company for corporate tax with the Mozambique Tax Department (Repartição de Finanças) and obtains a Unique Tax Identification Number (NUIT);
- Business Operating License application: Thereafter, we apply for a simplified business operating license at the One-Stop Service Counter. Documents required include i) a copy of the company registration certificate, ii) Client personal due diligence documents and iii) copy of issuance of NUIT;
- Declaration of Commencement of Business Activity: Healy Consultants will then proceed to declare the commencement of the business activity of our Client’s company with Mozambique Tax Department (Repartição de Finanças);
- Alternatively, if our Client is not keen to commence business operations immediately, Healy Consultants Group PLC prepares and submits a letter to the Tax Office informing them of the same and to avoid monthly Government penalties;
- Employment Registration: Our incorporation team i) declares the commencement of business activity and register our Client’s prospective employees with the Provincial Directorate of Labour, and ii) with the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) social security;
- Engagement Completion: The Client engagement is now complete. Healy Consultants couriers a full company and banking kit to our Client, which includes the company’s original corporate documents, unopened bank correspondences and a Client feedback survey.
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to incorporate a Mozambique company?According to Healy Consultants’ Mozambique company incorporation specialists, Mozambique incorporation timeline average one month from the submission of a complete Mozambique business incorporation application.
I do not have yet an office in Mozambique. Is it a problem for Mozambique incorporation?No, Mozambique incorporation service provider can incorporate a Mozambique company by using the registered address of Healy Consultants’ affiliate office address in Mozambique. Due to government requirements, our fee for such service is however higher in Mozambique than in most other countries.