Togo company registration

DOING BUSINESS IN TOGO IN 2020

pay fee by instalmentsbusiness setup without travel

Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group PLC has assisted our Clients with Togo business registration. Our services include i) Togo company formation services ii) government license registration iii) corporate bank account opening services in Togo and/or abroad iv) employee recruitment v) visa strategies and vi) office rental solutions in Togo.

Compare different Togo entitiesLLCPLCBranch officeRep office
Also known asSuccursaleSASuccursalebureau de representation
Best use of company?All products and servicesTo secure public fundingShort-term projectsMarketing and research
How soon can you invoice Clients/sign sales contracts?4 weeks5 weeks5 weeksNo
How soon can you hire staff?4 weeks5 weeks5 weeks5 weeks
How soon can you sign a lease agreement?2 weeks2 months1 month1 month
How long to supply corporate bank account numbers?4 weeks5 weeks5 weeks5 weeks
How long to supply corporate bank account numbers?4 weeks5 weeks5 weeks5 weeks
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits?27%27%27%0%
Limited liability entity?YesYesNoNo
Does our Client need to travel?NoNoNoNo
Minimum directors required?1311
Minimum shareholders required?11Parent companyParent company
Company secretary/Resident legal representative required?NoNoNoNo
Sponsorship by a local citizen required?NoNoNoNo
Regulated by which Government body?Chamber of Commerce and IndustryChamber of Commerce and IndustryChamber of Commerce and IndustryChamber of Commerce and Industry
Government grants available?YesYesYesNo
Minimum paid up share capital?US$100US$4,200NoneNone
Can bid for for Government contracts?YesYesYesNo
Corporate bank account location?EcoBankAtlantic BankTogolese Union BankSIAB Bank
Can secure trade finance?YesYesYesNo
VAT payable on sales to local customers?18%18%18%None
Average total engagement costs?US$15,350US$17,280US$17,100US$16,100
Average total engagement period?8 weeks10 weeks10 weeks9 weeks

Togo company registration summary

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  • Advantages and disadvantages

    Advantages of Togo company registration

    How to register Togo company

    1. Our international Clients will find establishing a company in Togo simple because:
      • A Togolese limited liability company (SARL) requires only one director and one shareholder, who can be any nationality and can be individuals or corporate bodies;
      • The minimum paid-up capital required for an LLC is only US$200 (CFA100,000);
      • A Togolese public limited company (SA) can be incorporated by a single shareholder, and requires a minimum paid-up share capital of only US$1,800 (CFA1 million);
      • The whole company setup process is handled at a One-Stop-Shop, significantly reducing the procedures and time required to form a company in Togo. Our Client does not need to travel to Togo to complete the engagement;
      • Togo is ranked by the World Bank as a challenging place to do business;
    2. Togo is a land of opportunity for foreign investors and entrepreneurs:
      • Because of underdevelopment, there is great upside potential in rail, port, air and road infrastructure development;
      • Although largely dependent on agriculture (which currently employs more than two thirds of the population), about one third of Togo’s arable land remain unused;
      • Togo has large deposits of iron, chromite, manganese, bauxite, phosphates, limestone, marble, garnet, nickel and other minerals that largely remain untapped;
      • As a member of OHADA, Togo allows foreign entrepreneurs to benefit from simplified business laws and foreign investment processes.

    Disadvantages of Togo company registration

    1. Among the challenges of doing business in Togo are:
      • A Togolese company (SARL) is subject to i) 29% corporate tax ii) 20% withholding tax on dividends and interests remitted abroad and iii) 18% VAT on the sale of goods and services;
      • Togo has a limited domestic consumer market. About 60% of its 7.8 million residents live in rural areas, many depending on subsistence farming;
      • Togo’s official and business language is French. Non-French speaking entrepreneurs looking to establish a business in Togo will face language barriers and possible additional costs for translation of business documents;
      • The country is ranked 126th out of 180 economies in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019;
      • Foreign entrepreneurs are required to invest substantially on on-the-job training for Togolese employees, given the lack of qualified talent in sectors like engineering.
  • Best uses for a Togolese company

    1. French-speaking investment and development: French is the most widely spoken language in Togo, making it more accessible for Francophone investors;
    2. Investments in Togo should focus on growing and developing the national economy and skills base.

Company registration

  • Time to incorporate: Six weeks
  • Cost to set up: US$15,350
  • Minimum capital: US$1,800
  • Physical office required: No

Required appointments

  • Shareholders: 1
  • Directors: 1
  • Company secretary: No
  • Resident director: No

Key facts

  • Corporate tax rate: 29%
  • Corporate tax base: Territorial
  • Shelf companies: No
  • Main company type: SARL

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For additional information on our company registration services in Togo, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Simon Guidecoq, directly:
client relationship officer - Simon
Central bank of Togo Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo togo economic community of West African States (ECOWAS)