Doing Business in KP

U.S. Consulate General Peshawar

U.S. Consulate General Peshawar is committed to supporting the National Export Initiative (NEI) and helping U.S. companies increase their exports to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). In this section, you’ll find information to help potential exporters and investors make the best use of U.S. government services.

Getting started

1.  Visit the export.gov to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities in Pakistan.  Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports.

The Library Includes:

  • Country Commercial Guides
  • Industry Overviews
  • Market Updates
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports
  • Best Markets
  • Industry/Regional Reports

2.  Contact the U.S. Commercial Service for advice and support on exporting to Pakistan:

U.S. Commercial Service Islamabad
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna-5
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (92 51) 208-0000
Fax: (92 51) 282-3981

3.  Contact business support organizations:

4.  U.S. exporters may take advantage of the U.S. Commercial Service’s business matchmaking services

5. To bring International buyers to the U.S. trade shows, please click here

6.  Subscribe to the consulate’s Twitter feed

7. Visit the consulate’s Facebook page

If you are considering investing in Pakistan, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email here.
  • Visit host country resources, including Pakistan’s Board of Investment

Business Visas
For information on obtaining a visa to visit Pakistan, visit the website of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the United States

Travel Advisories
Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Pakistan

Foreign investors have to follow certain registration and compliance procedures in order to establish their businesses in Pakistan.  Investors should start by obtaining visas before seeking approval from the Board of Investment (KP branch) to establish their business in Pakistan.  Then investors should register the company with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

Under Pakistani law, a foreign company is one that is incorporated outside of Pakistan. In order to register in Pakistan, a foreign company is required to submit the following documents to the Board of Investment (KP branch) within 30 days of registering its business in Pakistan:

  • A certified copy of the company’s charter, statute or memorandum and articles in English or Urdu (Form 38)
  • Address of the company’s office (Form 39)
  • A list of the company’s Directors, the Chief Executive and Secretaries (if any) (Form 40)
  • Description of the company’s officers including documentation from the Security and Exchange Commission, listing principal officers of the foreign company (Form 41)
  • Detailed information  of person(s) resident in Pakistan authorized to conduct business on behalf of the foreign company (Form 42)
  • Address of the place of business in Pakistan (Form 43)

Opening a Foreign Liaison or Branch Office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Foreign companies who wish to open their branch, liaison, or representative offices in Pakistan should apply to the Board of Investment (KP branch). The BOI will process cases within a period of 6 to 8 weeks.  The BOI typically grants operating licenses for branch or liaison offices for a period of 3 to 5 years.  Extensions may be granted by BOI upon request.  Applications for extensions will typically be processed within two weeks, provided the applications are complete.

If you are a current U.S. investor or exporter in Pakistan, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Pakistan, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
  • Subscribe to our consulate Twitter feed
  • Meet with our economic or commercial team

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

  • Department of Commerce: The U.S. Department of Commerce webpage provides information for small businesses, licensing and patent applications, economic data, and other important information for U.S. businesses.
  • Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
  • Export Import Bank of the United States: The mission of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Information on applying for export financing is available on this website.
  • National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency: USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. The website includes information on events, conferences, and workshops sponsored by USTDA.
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs(EB):  EB’s mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. The Bureau’s work lies at the critical nexus of economic prosperity and national security. As the single point where international economic policy tools and threads converge, we help promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. Government. On this site you will find links and resources for all of these tools and the ways the U.S. Department of State and EB are engaged to implement U.S. foreign economic policy.
  • The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP): The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), was established on November 8, 2006, under the Ministry of Commerce. TDAP is the successor organization to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and has a mandate to take a holistic view of global trade development rather than only the ‘export promotion’ perspective of its predecessor.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The official website of the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • FATA Development Authority:  FATA Development Authority is a specialized development organization established in 2006 to promote innovative, fast track and participatory development in FATA.
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development Authority:  For small and medium enterprise development, the federal government has established the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) under the Ministry of Industries and Production.  It has regional offices in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa working to promote the SME sector in KP and FATA. SMEDA has different publications covering potential areas for investment and pre-feasibility studies, and business plans and is working with different donor agencies to promote economic growth in the region.

There are seventeen industrial zones in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The industrial zones were established by the Sarhad Development Authority (SDA), a statutory body mandated to support industrial development in the province.  The KP government works closely with these industrial and processing zones to improve their quality and increase output for provincial economic growth.  Pharmaceuticals, matches, marble, clarified butter, steel, and other products are manufactured in the industrial zones.