Provides advice on how to perform due diligence and in what areas it is necessary for a U.S. company. Includes information on the U.S. Commercial Service International Company Profile service.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
It is essential to conduct adequate due diligence on potential local partners before entering into business in Afghanistan.  As the country currently has no contracts law in place and the commercial court system is inadequate, businesses should tread carefully when entering into commercial agreements or partnerships.  The Afghan government enacted arbitration and mediation laws in January 2007.  The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of the Interior (MoI), AISA, The Afghan National Police, and the courts have all played roles in recent disputes involving Americans.  If involved in a commercial dispute, hiring an Afghan attorney early can be beneficial.  Visiting the country to learn more about the business environment and the potential partner is recommended.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) and the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) can be helpful in providing background on a potential partner.  In addition, there are local attorneys who specialize in business and commerce that can be contacted for assistance.  Please contact the U.S. Embassy Commercial Section for that listing.  Additionally, the U.S. Embassy provides a list of local lawyers:

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