Are Export Registration Certificate and BIDA Registration required for the ICT Sector in Bangladesh, Learn here

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    Enamul Hafiz Latifee writes,

    ln exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, 1950 . (XXXIX of 1950); the Government made “The Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order, 1981”, where the following clauses are clearly mentioned,

    3. (1) No indentor, importer or exporter who has not been granted registration by the Chief Controller shall issue indent, import or export any goods into, or out of Bangladesh.

    (2) No exporter shall export any exportable commodity notified by the Government in the official Gazette. unless he fulfills such conditions as may be imposed by the Government in that behalf and is registered specifically as an exporter of such commodity.

    So, according to the aforementioned clauses of the importer/exporter registration, it is only applicable to the exporters of the goods but not to the service exporters from any angle.

    It is stated in the BIDA Act 2016,

    ১৫। বেসরকারি খাতে শিল্প প্রকল্প অনুমোদন, ইত্যাদি।—(১) আইন দ্বারা প্রতিষ্ঠিত কোন কর্তৃপক্ষ বা সংস্থার আওতাধীন শিল্প বা বাণিজ্যিক প্রতিষ্ঠান ব্যতীত বেসরকারি খাতে শিল্প স্থাপনে ইচ্ছুক প্রত্যেক ব্যক্তিকে তাঁহার প্রস্তাবিত শিল্প প্রকল্পের জন্য অনুমোদন চাহিয়া কর্তৃপক্ষের নিকট তদ্কর্তৃক নির্ধারিত পদ্ধতিতে আবেদন করিতে হইবে।

    So, according to the BIDA Act 2016, it requires all investors, i.e., 100% local, 100% foreign, joint ventures for industrial undertakings (those located outside the jurisdiction of BEZA, BEPZA, BHTPA, BSCIC) to register their investments with BIDA. However, BIDA registration is not necessarily required for commercial and trading activities, buying houses and service-oriented institutions.

    Hence, the ERC and BIDA registration are not required for the ICT exporting sector while these are mandatory for the manufacturing and/or product/goods/commodity sector.

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