Includes typical use of agents and distributors and how to find a good partner, e.g., whether use of an agent or distributor is legally required.
Last Published: 3/29/2019

A business may operate in Liberia as a locally incorporated entity or a branch of a foreign entity (subsidiary), but Liberian law requires having a registered agent or office in the country.  Liberian business law allows the use of agents, partners, or distributors to register a business, represent a business, sell goods and services, and open branch offices.  U.S. companies are encouraged to exercise due diligence when hiring the services of an agent, distributor, partner, or a legal counsel.  It is advisable to select one who is familiar with the country’s business environment, including legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as investment laws, tax procedures, and customs processes.  Banks, law firms, business associations, business advisory firms, or consultancy firms can assist with references and due diligence, but do not normally offer fee-for-service reference checks.  The U.S. Embassy website includes a list of economic data and reports on doing business in Liberia. Additional information on market research, business incubation, match-making, and business linkages is available on the Building Markets website.

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