Curaçao is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is an autonomous territory and one of the constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Forms the so-called ABC islands along with the Dutch countries of Aruba and Bonaire. Head of state is the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, represented here by the Governor of Curaçao. Local currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder. Official languages are Dutch, Papiamento, and English.
Curaçao used to be a part of the constituent country of the Netherlands Antilles until its dissolution in 2010. Apart from Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles consisted of Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten – and collectively comprised an offshore zone that had not applied taxation standards required by the OECD. On its own, Curaçao is considered a tax haven too, but complies with the EU Code of Conduct against harmful tax practices. OECD classifies it as a “partially compliant” jurisdiction in terms of tax cooperation.
Financial services play an important role in the economy of Curaçao. Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten is located here, this is the oldest central bank in the Western Hemisphere. Local authorities prioritise the diversification of the island’s economy and attract investors with the “Open Arms” policy, which implies focus on IT companies. There is also a Free Trade Zone in the capital city of Willemstad. Curaçao is attractive for its taxation and corporate legislation.
Other major sectors are tourism and oil refinery. For instance, world’s largest oil services company Schlumberger Limited is registered here, in Willemstad. Curaçao is considered a high-income economy.
Business activities in Curaçao are regulated by the Civil Code and relevant laws.
Main types of businesses in Curaçao
- Besloten vennootschap (BV) – private company
- Naamloze vennootschap (NV) – public corporation
- Commanditaire vennootschap – limited partnership
- Maatschap – general partnership
- Vennootschap onder firma – full partnership
- Eenmanszaak – single proprietor firm
- Stichting – fund
What is a commercial register?
In our video we explain the definition and function of a commercial register and how you can verify the reliability and solvency of your foreign business partner.
Should you wish to check the sincerity of your foreign business partner’s request, Schmidt&Schmidt will gladly assist you.
We offer extracts from the commercial registers of more than 100 different registers in countries spread all around the globe. Additionally, we offer annual statements for a variety of companies. The original extract from any commercial register can be sent to you by mail or as a pdf-file via e-mail. Besides that, commercial register extracts can be authenticated with an apostille.
Commercial register of Curaçao is managed by the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel – KvK). The register can be accessed online and is available in Dutch and English. There are more than 100 000 companies registered in Curaçao today.
Contents of the commercial register of Curaçao
Main extract available from the commercial register of Curaçao is a company profile. It comes in Dutch or English and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.
- Full legal name
- Registration number and date
- Legal address
- Type of business
- Region of registration
- Registered capital
- Status (active or inactive)
- Contact details
- Main activities
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
In case of international companies, sample does not contain information about real founders, directors, or shareholders, unless it had been submitted voluntarily. This does not apply to local companies.
Other available documents
Certificate of Good Standing – an official document that confirms a company’s solvency, reliability, and right to do business in Curaçao. This certificate is only issued to companies that fully comply with the requirements in terms of taxation and financial reports submission.
Certificate of Incorporation – confirms company’s registration in Curaçao.
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 7-14 days after request submission.
To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:
- Full legal name
- Registration number
An extract from the business register of Curaçao can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- File legal claims
Curaçao acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents on 1 March 1967, as a part of Kingdom of Netherlands.
Therefore, the documents issued in Curaçao are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.
Apostilling usually takes about two weeks.
In addition, you can order notarised translation from Dutch or English.
We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the Kingdom of Netherlands and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.
Our services can be paid by bank transfer, PayPal or by credit card.
You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
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|Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping||from 714,00 €||from 600,00 €|