Business entities in South Sudan

Since 2011, Healy Consultants assists our Clients to determine the optimum corporate structure for their business needs. In South Sudan, the corporate vehicle most commonly used by entrepreneurs is the South Sudan limited liability company (Ltd.). Foreign corporates looking to do business in South Sudan are also permitted to set up permanent establishments in the form of a branch office or a representative office.

The South Sudan limited liability company (Ltd)

Setup a company in South Sudan

  • The South Sudan limited liability company is the commonly used corporate structure for setting up businesses in South Sudan. In accordance with South Sudan Companies Act 2012, this entity can be established by i) 1 shareholder ii) 1 director who may be of any nationality. The shareholder(s) and director(s) are also not required to be ordinarily residents in South Sudan;
  • While the South Sudan government has scrapped off the requirement for a minimum share capital for locals incorporated a local limited liability company, foreigners are required to invest a minimum of US$100,000 as per the Investment Promotion Act of 2009. Foreigners are also forbidden to do business in transportation and foreign exchange. They are also required to form a joint venture with a majority local shareholder, if they want to setup an import/export or trading business in South Sudan.

The South Sudan branch

Foreign companies looking to do business in South Sudan are permitted to register a local branch of their overseas company. This is however only possible in industries fully open to foreign investment (see the Sudan LLC section above for further details on closed and restricted industries). The branch office is not considered a separate legal entity from its parent company and thereby abides by the laws of both South Sudan and its country of origin. The branch must appoint at least 1 representative of any nationality to officially represent the company in South Sudan.

The South Sudan representative office

The South Sudan Companies Act allows foreign companies to register representative offices in South Sudan. A representative office must specify at incorporation the scope of its operations in South Sudan and abide by those specifics. This entity is not permitted to conduct any profit making activities in South Sudan and may only engage in activities limited to i) conducting market research and ii) promoting the parent company’s products.

Comparison table between South Sudan business entities

  LLC Branch office Rep office
How long to set the company up? 5 weeks 6 weeks 6 weeks
How long to open company bank account? 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks
Legal liability? Limited Unlimited Unlimited
Wholly foreign owned? Yes Yes Yes
Minimum capital required? US$100,00 None None
File annual tax return? Yes Yes No
Tax registration certificate required? Yes Yes No
Recommended corporate bank account? Buffalo Commercial Bank Kenya Commercial Bank Nile Commercial Bank
Does our Client need to travel? No No No
Resident director required? No Yes Yes
Resident shareholder required? No No No
Minimum directors allowed? 1 1 1
Minimum shareholders? 1 NA NA
Tax identification code (TIN) needed? Yes Yes No
South Sudan resident company secretary required? No No No
Corporate shareholders allowed? Yes Yes Yes
Corporate director(s) allowed? Yes Yes Yes
South Sudan corporate tax rate? 10/15/20% 10/15/20% 0%
Annual financial statements required? Yes Yes No
Statutory audit required? No No No
Regulated by? One Stop Shop Investment Center One Stop Shop Investment Center One Stop Shop Investment Center
Allowed to issue sales invoices? Yes Yes No
Allowed to sign contracts? Yes Yes No
Allowed to import and export goods? Yes Yes No
Can rent an office space in South Sudan? Yes Yes Yes
Can buy South Sudan property? Yes Yes No
Can own equity in other South Sudan companies? Yes Yes No
Total South Sudan business setup costs in Yr. 1 US$17,700 US$18,700 US$18,050
Subsequent annual costs (incl. accounting and tax fee) US$7,300 US$7,300 US$6,300
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For additional information on our business setup services in South Sudan, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Petar Chakarov, directly:
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