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Iran boasts a young, active population as well as a vibrant commercial sector. It is a significant developing nation in the world that has recently joined the international market. 

Iran’s industry has the facilities and potential to overtake others in the Middle East, and foreign investments in Iran typically yield excellent returns. The typical rate of profit in Iran’s property investment, mining, and oil sectors is over 44.9%. This article explains how to get a business off the ground in the nation and tap into its expanding market. The fundamentals of launching a business in the nation are as follows.

Thorough corporate research

You must identify and analyze all the risks associated with launching a new firm in the country. Administrative, fiscal, and economic due diligence must be done before making any plans. The research calls for some tolerance since it takes time to acquire data on all topics. When performing research, look at the type of business you want to start, the costs associated with operating it, the amount of capital and personnel needed, and the size of the market. In addition to this, a person needs to research the country’s economy and the best corporate sectors for investments.

Economy of Iran 

Iran’s economy, which has the largest annual GDP in the Middle East, is a diversified one with a sizable state-owned industry. Iran’s market is largely centralized and controlled. Iran is regarded as an “energy superpower” since it has 10% of the world’s recognized oil resources and 15% of its confirmed gas fields.

Business sectors 

Food, retail, automobile, construction, mining, pharmaceuticals, power, oil and gas, banking, tourism, manufacturing, and textiles are among Iran’s key sectors.

Business frameworks 

Foreign entrepreneurs are now able to launch their businesses with complete possession of the shares and management of the company. Some businesses who want to participate more in the Iranian market may find this advantageous as it gives them more stability as overseas investors. There are the following categories of businesses that may qualify for international investment prospects: 

Limited liability company 

A Limited Liability Company is a legal entity created by two or more people to carry out business operations. The foundation of a Limited Liability Company is the partners’ direct investments in the business.

Joint stock company 

A firm created by three or more people to carry out corporate operations and services is referred to as a joint stock firm. The foundation of a joint stock corporation is the partners’ actual investments in the business, not the purchase of shares.


To conduct business in Iran, foreign corporations might open a branch of their organization. Iranian laws apply to the branch office regarding issues like employment, social security, taxes, etc.

Registration of the company 

Choosing the company’s objectives and submitting the necessary paperwork are both parts of the registration process.

You must submit a company name reservation before registering a firm. Check if a name is available on Iran’s official business website. If no existing firm is using the name you have chosen, you can register it with the appropriate authorities. The name you select must be original and under local regulations. Send the filing application to the Iranian registrar’s office together with the following documents:

  • Shareholder meeting details;
  • Personal details of shareholders and directors; 
  • Prove of distribution of shares;
  • Bank statements;
  • Tax ID; and 
  • Corporate activity list. 

Tax registration 

It is important to file an enterprise with the tax office to properly establish it in Iran. The Labor Board demands a fee of 33% of social insurance after registration; 23% of this amount should be provided by the company. The total tax rate ranges from 15 to 57%, and the size of the variable depends on the company’s income.

Both domestic and foreign businesspeople must pay taxes. By establishing the physical location of the enterprise within one of the state’s eight free economic regions, it is feasible to avoid paying taxes or lowering the number of contributions.