Investment Incentives Investment Incentives

To encourage private investment and promote the inflow of foreign capital and technology into Ethiopia, the following incentives are granted to both domestic and foreign investors engaged in areas eligible for investment incentives:

Customs Import Duty

One hundred per cent exemption from the payment of import customs duties and other taxes levied on imports is granted to an investor to import all investment capital goods, such as plant machinery and equipment, construction materials., as well as spare parts worth up to 15% of the value of the imported investment capital goods, provided that the goods are not produced locally in comparable quantity, quality and price.

Investment capital goods imported without the payment of import customs duties and other taxes levied on imports may be transferred to another investor enjoying similar privileges.

Some investment areas such as hotels (other than star designated), whole sale, retail and import trade, maintenance service, etc. are not eligible for exemption from customs duty. (Please see schedule two)

Exemptions from customs duties or other taxes levied on imports are granted for raw materials necessary for the production of export goods. In accordance with the Proclamation No. 249/2001, three duty incentive schemes are available for exporters.

They are Duty Draw-Back Scheme, Voucher Scheme and Bonded Manufacturing Warehouse Scheme. Taxes and duties paid on raw materials are drawn back at the time of export of finished products. The duty draw back scheme applies to all taxes at the time of importation, and those paid on local purchases.

Exemption from Payment of Export Customs Duties

Ethiopian products and services destined for export are exempted from the payment of any export tax and other taxes levied on exports.

Income Tax Holiday

Any income derived from an approved new manufacturing and agro-industry investment or investment made in agriculture shall be exempted from the payment of income tax for the periods depicted in the following table, depending upon the area of investment, the volume of export, and the location in which the investment is undertaken.

Profit tax holiday is granted subject to Council of Ministers Regulation No.84/2003 issued on the basis of the Investment Proclamation No. 280/2002 as follows:

Areas and Periods of Tax Exemption
Conditions for Profit Tax Eligibility Profit tax exemption Profit Tax exemption for investments made in underdeveloped regions
An investor engaged in a new manufacturing or agro-industry activity:
If he exports at least 50% of its products 5 years 6 years
If he supplies at least 75% of its products, to an investor, as an input for the production of export items 5 6
If it exports less than 50% of its products 2 3
If the project is evaluated under a special circumstance by the BOI up to 7 up to 8
If the production is for the local market 2 3
If the production mentioned above in (c) is considered by the BOI to be a special one 5 6
Expansion or upgrading of the above projects:

If the expansion or upgrading increases the existing production by 25% , in value and 50% of the production is to be exported

2 3
Board of Investment

Moreover, the Council of Ministers may also award profit tax holiday for greater than seven years. However, the Board may issue a directive to deny income tax exemption right granted to investors producing only for local market, as may be necessary. The period of exemption from profit tax begins from the date of the commencement of production or provision of services, as the case may be.

Loss Carried Forward

Business enterprises that suffer losses during the tax holiday period can carry forward such losses for half of the income tax exemption period following the expiry of the exemption period.