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241-02 Northern Blvd. 3rd Floor Little Neck NY 11362
Tel: +1 212 972 2277, +1 212 972 2276 Fax: +17182799046
Working hours: 9:00AM - 3:00PM, Monday - Friday

Why Invest in Afghanistan?

Strategic Geographical Position Connecting Central Asia to South Asia, and Leading to Europe

Trade & Economy:

Free market economy led by private sector initiatives
Unprecedented economic growth (GDP growth from USD 2.2 billion in 2002 to USD 21.8 billion in
Utilization of Preferential Trade Agreements and Systems (with India, China, Europe, USA, and
Availability of skilled labor
Increased market demand

Tax & Duties

Flexible tax and duty regime
20% corporate tax
0% Duty on import of machineries
1% Duty on import of raw materials
Carry forward of losses (An accounting technique that applies the current year’s net operating
losses to future years’ profits in order to reduce tax liability).
Government Commitment

Strong Government Commitment for Investment Climate Reforms.


Airfields 08
Trade Ports 09
Roads 12371 km
Railways 3429 km
Industrial Parks 10 constructed and 17 planned

Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution Center
Business Integrity Initiative (BIN)

Liberal Investment Law

Investment Law
Commercial Arbitration Law
Law of Commerce
Law of Tax on Consumer Goods
Business Trademarks Law
Contracts Law
Agencies Law
Mining Law
Banking Law
Insurance Law

Ownership & Profit

100% foreign ownership
Foreigners can lease real estate, for periods up to 90 years for arable land or longer for
non-arable land

Agreements & Memberships

Bi-Lateral and Multi-Lateral Trade Agreements (APTTA, ECOTA, SAFTA)
Membership of International Road Transport TIR
Soon to get WTO membership

For more Information:

Procedure for a Foreign Company Registration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of

1. The company must verify its necessary documents at the embassy/consulate of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan in the residence country through a letter addressed to the MFA. In the
absence of the Afghan Mission, the company must provide an introduction letter from its respective
embassy or commercial attaché in Kabul.

2. The above-mentioned letter should contain information about the president, vice president and legal
representative and the request regarding opening a new company or a branch in Afghanistan.

3. All submitted documents must be authenticated by the Afghan Embassy/consulate in the respective
country or by the company’s consulate /commercial attaché in Kabul and verified by Consulate
Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

4. The registration form issued by Directorate General for Economic Cooperation of the MFA should
be filled out and signed by the president, vice president or legal representative.

5. Brief background information of the company and future plans /activities in Afghanistan should be
attached with registration form.

6. All above aforementioned documents should be submitted in two sets (original and copy). Once the
procedure is completed the company will be officially introduced (within 24 hours) to the Ministry of
Commerce and Industries for the issuance of business license.

Note: For more details or questions please contact the Economic Cooperation Department at