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Export Processing Zones (EPZs) are export oriented industrial enclaves which provide the infrastructures, the

facilities, administrative and support services for a wide variety of enterprises. Bangladesh’s highly successful

EPZs in Dhaka and Chittagong are now complemented by new EPZ developments and other valuable real estate developments around the country.

The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the Export Processing Zones. The primary objective of an EPZ is to provide special areas where potential investors would find a congenial investment climate, and location free from cumbersome procedures. Businesses from 32 countrieshave so far invested in the existing zones.

There are currently eight zones with others due to open in the next few years.

If you are interested in setting up your business in an EPZ, the Board of Investment will be pleased to advise you and introduce you to BEPZA.

More information: BEPZA

Incentives & Facilities

Fiscal Incentives

  • 1. 10 years tax holiday for the Industries to be established before 1 st January, 2012 and Industries to set up after

31 st December, 2011 tax holiday period will be:

Tax exemption period

Rate of tax exemption

First 02 years (1 st and 2 nd Year)

100%

Next 02 years (3 rd and 4 th Year)

50%

Next 01 years (5 th Year)

25%

  • 2. Duty free import of construction materials

  • 3. Duty free import of machineries, office equipment & spare parts etc.

5.

Relief from double taxation

  • 6. Exemption from divident tax

  • 7. GSP facility available

  • 8. Accelerated depreciation on machinery or plant allowed

  • 9. Remittance of royalty, technical and consultancy fees allowed

    • 10. Duty & quota free access to EU, Canada, Norway, Australia etc.

Non Fiscal Incentives

  • 1. 100% foreign ownership permissible

  • 2. Enjoy MFN (most favored nation) status

  • 3. No ceiling on foreign and local investment

  • 4. Full repatriation of capital & dividend

  • 5. Foreign Currency loan from abroad under direct automatic route

  • 6. Non-resident Foreign Currency Deposit (NFCD) Account permitted

  • 7. Operation of FC account by 'B' and 'C' type Industries allowed.

Facilities

  • 1. No UD, IRC, ERC and renewal of Bond license

  • 2. Work permits issued by BEPZA

  • 3. Secured and protected bonded area

  • 4. Off-Shore banking available

  • 5. Import on Documentary Acceptance (DA) basic allowed

  • 6. Bank of Back L/C

  • 7. Import and Export on CM basis allowed

  • 8. Import from DTA (Domestic Tariff Area)

  • 9. 10% sale to DTA (Domestic Tariff Area)

    • 10. Customs clearance at factory site

    • 11. Simplified sanction procedure

  • 12. Sub-contracting with export oriented Industries inside and outside EPZ allowed

  • 13. Relocation of foreign industries allowed

  • 14. Accords Residentship and Cityzenship

  • 15. One Window same day service and simplified procedure.

Year-wise Investment in EPZ

 

Year

 

Current

   

Cumulative

 
 

2006-07

152.37

1,132.26

 

2007-08

 

302.19

   

1,434.45

 
 

2008-09

148.03

1,582.47

 

2009-10

 

211.99

   

1804.46

 
 

2010-11

313.23

2117.69

 

2011-12 ( March,12)

 

264.68

   

2382.38

 
 

Growth (2010-2011)

41%

Source: BEPZA

Overview of EPZ

Name of

 

No. of industries

Investment (m

Export (m

Employment

Manufacturing

Under

US$)

 
 

implementation

EPZ

US$)

Chittagong

161

15

801.86

12,384.12

1,55,121

Dhaka

98

06

738.41

10,259.24

78,985

Comilla

26

18

122.33

497.18

9,040

Mongla

06

06

2.66

65.09

152

Uttara

08

04

10.19

5.68

4,023

Ishwardi

08

11

31.09

27.08

4,407

Adamjee

21

27

110.98

143.35

14,163

karnaphuli

23

27

118.34

166.97

16,501

Total

351

114

1,935.86

23,548.71

282,392

FDI Magazine's rankings

FDI Magazine of The Financial Times in March 2010 conducted a competition entitled “Global Ranking

Competition of Economics Zones” based on the following nine categories of ranking:

  • Best Overall Global Special Economic Zone

  • Best Economic Potential

  • Best Cost Effectiveness

  • Best Facilities

  • Best Transportation Link

  • Best Incentives

  • Best Promotion

  • Best Airport

  • Best Port

In the competition out of 700 Economic Zones globally 200 participated in the competition. All the zones were

evaluated on a 10 point scale on the basis of some set criteria. Among the top 10 of the two categories

Chittagong Export Processing Zone, Bangladesh scored 3rd position in the “Best Cost Effectiveness” and also 4th

position in the “Best Economic Potential” for 2010-2011

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012

About BEPZA - Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 About BEPZA - Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority BEPZA , The meaning

BEPZA, The meaning is Bangladesh Export Processing Authority. In order to stimulate rapid economic growth of the country, particularly through Industrialization, the government has adopted an 'Open Door Policy' to attract foreign investor to make investment in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the Export Processing Zones. According to the authority of BEPZA - The primary objectives of an EPZ (Export Processing Zone) is to provide special areas where potential investors would find a congenial investment climate,

free from cumbersome procedures which is very helpful for the Investors.

An export processing zone (EPZ) is defined as a territorial or economic enclave in which goods may be imported and manufactured and reshipped with a reduction in duties / and/or minimal intervention by custom officials (World Bank 1999).

EPZ Provides:

Plots/factory BLDG in custom bonded area.

Infrastructural facilities

Administrative facilities

Fiscal and Non-Fiscal incentives

EPZ attracts Foreign and Local investment

The main Objective of the BEPZA:

Promotion of Foreign (FDI) and Local investment

Diversification of Export

Dev. of backward & forward linkages

Generation of Employment and up gradation of their skills

Transfer of Technology

Development of management

Type: There are three type of Investment according to BEPZA:

Type A - 100% Foreign Ownership 205 (58%)

Type B - Joint Venture 49 (14%)

Type C - 100% Local Venture 98 (28%)