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Getting Started in Malta

The Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Malta offers ways to help your company do business in Malta. Get in contact by sending an email to maltabusiness@state.gov.

Business Counseling

Let the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Malta know what type of information you are seeking. Typical information the Commercial Section can research includes:

– Advice on duty and tax rates.
– General information on relevant Maltese standards for various products.
– Publicly available information on Maltese companies.
– Free lists of “unqualified” potential agents and other business contacts.

The above is a simple guide. As long as it does not take the Commercial Section more than one hour and does not cost anything to obtain, the team will research your request without charge. In return, the Commercial Section asks for one thing — if any export successes come out of these actions, let them know!

Business Partner Search

The right export partners for your company are out there. Let the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Malta help you find them. The team will search for qualified agents, distributors, manufacturer’s representatives, joint venture partners, licensees, franchisees, or strategic partners, according to your specifications. Prospects are screened by experience, knowledge, and interest. Within 30 business days from receipt of your promotional material, the Commercial Section will provide you with information on up to five of the best-qualified candidates.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers

Want some help closer to home? For assistance with exporting, U.S. companies can contact their local Export Assistance Center. Located in each state, these centers can offer counseling, market research and advice regarding U.S. government services. If you are new to exporting or to the U.S. Commercial Service, they make a great starting point. To contact the Export Assistance Center nearest you, please visit HERE or telephone 1-800-USA-TRADE (within the USA).

Tender Opportunities

The European Union has a database based on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED), which is the online version of the Official Journal of the European Union. Tenders published in the TED include public purchases of supplies, works, and services by European governments at the national and sub-central levels. The TED database is accessible HERE. Since 1996, the United States and the European Union have been party to the Government Procurement Agreement, signed under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, which allows U.S.-based firms to bid on certain European Union contracts above established thresholds.

A list of current Malta-specific government tender opportunities, which may not be contained in the TED, are available HERE.

You can also contact the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Malta for the latest tender opportunities by sending an email to maltabusiness@state.gov.

Trade Disputes and Advocacy

The Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Malta provides advocacy support to U.S. firms, which may also include issues relating to trade disputes with Maltese companies. The service aims to encourage transparency and promote fair treatment of U.S. companies. If your firm has an open trade dispute or needs tender advocacy assistance, you can contact the Commercial Section by sending an email to maltabusiness@state.gov. You may also get in touch directly with the Advocacy Center.