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Licensing & Registration

The objective of the Djibouti government is to position the Djibouti free zones as a business hub of Excellence for the East African region and beyond, through promotion of multimodal transportation synergy (ground-sea-air). The Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA), the sole administrative interface in free zones, has therefore established an environment conductive to business, where investors can find a complete range of services with the DPFZA’s One Stop Shop (Visas, permits etc.) and modern infrastructures to fit their activities.                          
To build this business friendly environment, a set of fiscal incentives, promulgated by law No 53 (Free Zone Code), have been granted to free zone investors:

  1.  100% foreign ownership of FZ companies,
  2.  100% repatriation of capital and profits
  3.  Possibility to employ foreign workers,
  4.  Duty free environment,
  5.  No tax on profit (...)

To register a company with DPFZA, investor must:

  • Hold a free zone status (FZE/FZCO or Branch)
  • Have a free zone license in order to operate within a FZ area
  • Have its registration office and base of operations inside a free zone area

Types of Licenses

There are three main types of licenses that registrants can apply for:

  • Trade
  • Industrial
  • Service