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Doing Business in Haiti

Doing business in Haiti has never been easier

Compared to five years ago, the regulatory environment of Haiti has improved above the rest of the countries in the region. This trend is expected to continue in the following years:

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The government of Haiti is committed to improving the regulatory framework by undergoing important reforms. In the last years, the government of Haiti has introduced reforms to improve the investment climate and therefore, facilitate the investment in the country:

  • Starting a Business:In 2011, Haiti eased business start-up by eliminating the review by the president's or the prime minister's office of the incorporation act submitted for publication.
  • Getting Credit: In 2010, access to credit was strengthened with a new law that broadens the scope of assets that can be used as collateral, allows future and after-acquired property to be used as collateral, and extends the security interest of the creditor automatically to the products, proceeds, and replacements of the original asset.
  • Trading Across Borders: With the implementation of the ASYCUDA system and 24-hour operations at the port, goods can be cleared faster in Haiti.
  • Trading Across Borders: In 2009, the time required to export was reduced by a day, by implementing risk-based inspections in customs.
  • Registering Property: In 2008, the time to register property was decreased by decreasing time to register at the tax authorities. Time to register the sale contract has been reduced.
Registration of your company

This section describes the basic requirements of the different business structures for investing in Haiti, as well as the key formalities that a foreign investor must fulfill in order to set up or start up each of them:

Haitian legislation provides for the existence of different patterns of organization in regards to the creation of companies.

Please click in the sections below to learn more about specific characteristics of each type of company, the administrative steps and the needed documents to establish any type of company:

Haitian Law gives provisions for the creation of company limited by shares. However it is rarely used. The steps for its registration would be the same as the limited liability corporation.

Foreign companies can also create a branch of any other form of company. Branch of general partnership, limited partnership or else are thus possible. They will follow the same pattern as the procedure for the branch of LLC. However there will be some modifications, for instance there is not a publication in the official gazette.

Registration of your company trade name

The first step to establish a company is to check the availability of the name chosen. Thus, it is important to go directly to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to check the availability of the name in the Registry.

For an Individual Company the registration of the commercial name is the main procedure. For all the others the name chosen is incorporated in the bylaws and other legal documents after verification. If the company is willing to use another commercial name besides its company name, it will follow the same procedure as the one used for the individual company. Please find attached the steps to register a trade name.

Due to the exposure to potential liabilities, most foreign investors create a subsidiary in Haiti by participating in a limited liability corporation. Others choose to work directly with or do business through already-existing subcontractors.

Labor regulations

The standard working day is set at eight hours, with a 48 hours working week. Large majority of businesses do not operate on Sunday since it is observed by all as a day of rest.

All Employers are subject to the following law:

  1. All employers are required to respect the minimum wage
    Yes the minimum wage is 200 gourdes but not for middle management and high skilled labor.
    For the assembly sector there was a special arrangement, so it is 175 gdes for now, however it will increase to 200 gourdes or 5 USD/ per day by October 2012
  2. All employers are required to register their employees to the State Tax Income Office (DGI) without exception, may it be temporary or otherwise.
  3. All employers are required to respect minimum health and safety regulations
  4. All employers are required to contribute to:
  • Social Security(ONA)
  • Workers Compensation
  • Accidental Coverage

5. Investors are free to hire foreign employees subject to aworking permit issued by the Minister Labor (See Overview of labor regulations)

Intellectual and Industrial Property

Haitian legal framework honors invention and copyrights, industrial designs, manufacturers and business trademarks.

Haiti is a signatory to the following:

  • the Buenos Aires Convention of 1910
  • the Paris Convention of 1883 regarding patents
  • the Madrid Agreement regarding trademarks.
  • Haiti has ratified the Bern Copyright Convention.

The law protects individuals and enterprises against patent infringement, fraud and unfair competition.

Please find the procedure to register:


Frequently asked Legal questions.