4 Simple Steps to Starting a Business in Paraguay

Starting a business in Paraguay may not be as common as in other destinations in Latin America for investment. However, there are major benefits including low taxes and a simple immigration system that makes getting residency easy. As a result, company registration in Paraguay is an easy way for businesspeople to grow their company in a new market.

Paraguay's geographical location and its main cities.
Paraguay’s geographical location and its main cities

If you are looking to enter Paraguay on a long or short-term basis, you may choose to hire using an employer of record (EOR) in Paraguay. This may be a simpler step forward than full company formation.

Known as “the Heart of South America”, Paraguay has experienced exponential economic growth over recent decades. The gross domestic product (GDP) reaching an impressive $39.5 billion by 2021 (all figures in USD). This is reflected by its gross national income (GNI), which reached $ 5,891 per capita. This makes Paraguay an upper-middle income nation by international standards.

Paraguay’s rapid growth has been met with a concomitant increase in interest among international investors, with foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows growing to (USD) $207 million. Paraguay, despite being landlocked, has significant trade with Brazil and Argentina. These two countries have the region’s largest and third-largest GDPs. This makes them strong and strategic reasons for registering a business in Paraguay.

Along with those two countries and Uruguay, the country is also a founding member of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), an economic integration and free trade initiative that recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Paraguay has several free trade agreements (FTAs), including a major bilateral one with Chile.

If you want to incorporate a company in Paraguay and need help navigating the legal requirements needed to start one, your best bet is to align yourself with a local partner. Contact us now to discuss your business options.

Starting a business in Paraguay: some considerations

Some considerations to take into account when starting a business in Paraguay include:

Choose your legal representative: If you are not going to be in the country permanently, you will need to appoint a legal representative in Paraguay. This can be anyone of legal age who isn’t otherwise barred from such a role, however, you will ideally want to appoint someone with a good understanding of the local corporate legal framework.

Ciudad del Este, where free trade zones make it attractive for starting a business in Paraguay.
Ciudad del Este in Paraguay

Entity type: The type of entity you choose depends on desired enterprise structure, your liability acceptance, and capital investment. Foreign investors commonly select limited liability companies (Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada — SRL) and stock companies (Sociedad Anónima — S.A). Others also consider forming a branch or registering a subsidiary.

Economic activity: To comply with local regulations, it’s essential to correctly identify your economic activity and all sources of revenue. It’s highly recommended to work with a reliable corporate lawyer who can guide you on properly defining your operations in all official documentation.

How to form a company in Paraguay: 4 key steps

Starting a business in Paraguay involves four key steps, as explained below:

Step 1: Draft the company’s bylaws

Prepare your company’s bylaws which define the subscribed capital, fiscal address, and legal representative. Please note that this process may take up to 12 weeks.

Step 2: Obtain a VAT ID and certificate from the Chamber of Commerce

Depending on the type of entity you choose, you may need to declare the final beneficiaries, while if you are hiring local employees, you will need to register at the Labour Ministry.

Step 3: Open a corporate bank account to start your business in Paraguay

A Paraguay-based legal representative can suggest the ideal corporate bank account provider for your business based on type and location.

Step 4: Make an initial investment

With your company registered and the bank account open, you can now make your initial investment to complete the process of starting a business in Paraguay.

Biz Latin Hub can help with company formation in Paraguay

At Biz Latin Hub, our multilingual team of company formation experts has years of experience supporting foreign investors starting a business in Paraguay. With our complete portfolio of back-office services, including legal, accounting, tax advisory, and recruitment, we can be your single point of contact for all of your business needs in Paraguay, or any of the other 15 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean where we operate.

Reach out to us now for personalized assistance or a free quote.

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