Trade License in Bangladesh

Do you know Trade License Importance in Bangladesh as a foreigner and local entrepreneurs? Yes, a Trade license is such important that you never ignore it. When can apply for Trade License, at the beginning of starting a business? There are two ways Trade License need to start a business in bd.

  • Proprietorship
  • Limited Company

For information, foreigners are not eligible to apply as a proprietorship. So, private and public limited is an option to open for the foreigner and register Pvt Ltd company in Bangladesh. Proprietor-businessmen can apply directly to obtain without RJSC approval.

Limited Company-owned will apply of trade license after company incorporation. There might have a question; business can start up without trade license? The answer is NO.

If you are a foreigner and you want to register a business in Bangladesh you can also register your business in Malaysia with easy and simple steps. If you are interested then Company Registration in Malaysia will give you insights into all the information you need.

Steps of Trade License in Bangladesh

  1. Collect form from city corporation and fill up as need
  2. Contact license officer and speak to clear
  3. Or, contact expert of S & F CONSULTING FIRM LIMITED
  4. Make payment in Government bank, recommended Sonali Bank
  5. Wait for 2-3 days unless verification is done
  6. Sometimes Trade License can obtain by 1-2 days (not for foreigner)
  7. Miscellaneous cost must remember to pay

Documents required for obtaining a trade license in BD for LLC

Various types of document are needed in order to obtain trade license. In this section I am going to highlight all the necessary document that is required for trade license registration—

  • You need to collect trade license application Form Dhaka City Corporation.
  • If you are a foreigner you must need a copy of your passport.
  • Receipt of ownership evidence & tax payment receipt.
  • 3 passport size photographs (Width-45mm, Height-55mm)
  • Statement of Court, Printing for Compliance with the Rules and Regulations of City Corporation.
  • Articles of Association (AoA) & Memorandum of Association (MoA)
  • Incorporation Certificate
  • Agreement paper of partnership
  • Work Permit certificate or document from the board of investment of Bangladesh.
  • Statement
  • Bank Solvency i.e. statement
  • TIN Certificate

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Cost of Trade License in Bangladesh

Cost of Trade License in Bangladesh

Chalan form- Collect a form from Government Sonali Bank at the nearest branch (TR Form No. 6 that is SR 37). Fill up form as  -

  1. Chalan No
  2. Date
  3. Certain district
  4. Place of bank branch
  5. Code no. 1-1133-0010-0311 for Dhaka City Corporation
  6. Name and address on company
  7. Person or company name and address on behalf
  8. New license or renewal
  9. Cash, cheque, Draft
  10. Amount in Taka

Note: Amount of Taka 350-10,000 depend up on nature of business.

City Corporation tax department-They will deduct an amount of Taka 200—and above in receipt book. Amount of Taka 2310 to above will deduct in another Chalan form with bank receipt copy.

Miscellaneous-Without speed money file runs like a turtle. Now the question is how much is that? I guess three times more than government fees, as manageable.

Time of Trade License obtain in Bangladesh

Generally, it takes 2-3 working days if all are OK. But if the area is rural where need to get from Union Porishad might 1 day is enough.

Problems of obtaining Trade License in Bangladesh for Foreigner

Lot of problems if the applicant is foreigner. We welcome them but not allow to have sit. Problems from A-Z if the company is foreign shareholders. Major problems are as follows: -

  1. Require Work Permit
  2. Cost is not same like local


City Corporation and Union Porishad are eligible to deliver business license in Bangladesh.

License application form

Collect form from any city corporation office at your office nearest place. Fill up information as need: -

  1. Name of application
  2. Passport/ NID number
  3. Nationality
  4. Present and permanent address
  5. Business address (in commercial place)
  6. Contact number and email
  7. Paid up and authorized capital
  8. Nature of business (3-5 items)
  9. Number of applicant (alone/ joint)
  10. Signature

License renewal

Issuance license is valid for one year and renewal must before December. Pay renewal fee whether business start up or not. 

Procedure for renewal

The applicant is required to deposit the prescribed fees at government bank. Upon receipt of the fee, the City Corporation or the relevant District Office of the Municipality will complete the renewal process.

If the all the requirements are met your license will be successfully renewed.

Trade license for commercial firm

Depending on the type of business, Dhaka City Corporation offers two kinds of trade license Forms. For setting up a commercial firm, you must use K-Form.

The K-Form are available within the respective zonal office. The cost of the of the Forms is TK 10 which may vary for the foreigners.

Once you complete the forms, you must submit it to the local ward commissioner for the verification. Once the audit is done, you must collect the license (cost you 50 to 100 taka) and submit the K-Form with necessary documents to the zonal office. Trade license is the part of company registration, it could be foreign or local.

Upon submission of the papers, the licensing supervisor will visit in your business area for further verification. Once your business is done successfully, and no issue is found you will be asked to go to the nearest DCC office.

You need to pay the necessary predetermine to the DDC office to obtain a trade license. You also need to pay for signboard license while collecting trade license. You must pay 30 % of the license fee to obtain a signboard license.

Trade license for a manufacturing firm in BD

To obtain a manufacturing trade license, you need to collect “I” Form, from the regional DCC office. You must complete I-from with necessary information and verify it from the local ward commissioner.

Once the verification is done, submit the application with all the essential documents (3 pp size photograph, receipt of ownership proof, legal stamped paper, etc.) to the zonal office.

Once you submit the paper, the licensing supervisor will arrive at your business place for further verifications. After the inspection is done, you will be asked to go DCC office to collect trade license by paying predetermined fees.

License Matrix of Sole, Limited and Proprietorship company

SI-Num Sole- Proprietorship Limited Company Proprietorship
1 Trade license Name clearance certificate Deed of partnership
2 Tin certificate Incorporation certificate Commercia trade license
3. Certificate of Bank Solvency Commercial trad license Certificate of bank solvency
4. Certificate of Vat Registration Tin certificate & bank solvency certificate Commercia ERC& IRC & fire license
5. Commercial ERC or IRC Commercial ERC or IRC Certificate of vat registration & land registration document
5. License of Retail from DC office (if needed) Vat certificate, fire license, BOI registration Tin certificate & brand license
6. CMC (chamber membership certificate) Environmental clearance certificate (if needed)  CMC (chamber membership certificate)

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Question Answer on trade license in Bangladesh

How much time it takes to obtain trade license?

It usually takes around 2 to 7 days (if there is issue found within your document)

How many types of form are available for trade license?

Two types of forms are available for trade license such as: I-Form and K-form. For commercial business you need I-Form and for manufacturing business you need K-Form.

How much it costs to obtain trade license?

It usually cost around 350-10,000 Taka, depending on the type of business.

How much I need to pay for signboard license?

You need to pay 30% for the license to obtain signboard license.

How to get e-Trade License?

Now a days, all are e-Trade License, easier to get with hassle free.


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