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Doing business in India

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in India.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Assessing and mitigating business risks in India

Explores the business opportunities offered by India and the challenges and risks involved. Includes a background to understanding India, highlighting the business environment in which economic, legal, and cultural variances exist. Potential markets are discussed, focusing on the sectors, regions, and cities where growth is taking place. The book provides keys to success, including guidelines for selecting partners and appointing agents, as well as negotiating techniques that work in India.

Passport India: your pocket guide to Indian business, customs and etiquette

This book is a guide to working abroad. It includes essential country facts and describes the cultural issues relevant to living and working in India.

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India Briefing

India Briefing, published by Dezan Shira & Associates, provides expert commentary on law, tax and business operations aimed at foreign investors doing business in India.

Importing and Exporting in India

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October 2015

In this issue, we examine India’s import and export landscape, basic import and export procedures, as well as the customs duties. In the first article, entitled “The Import and Export Landscape in India”, we note that India’s import-export landscape has remained stable despite significant economic changes. This bodes well for businesses that trade with India.

How to establish a business in India: Choosing a low-risk entry model

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June 2015

India is well-positioned to take advantage of the rising cost of doing business in China and other countries in Asia. In contrast to many other Asian markets, foreign investors find government support for industry, low labor costs and a massive unified market in India. Foreign companies can take advantage of these conditions to reduce operating costs, diversify workforces or supply chains, and access new consumer markets.

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Useful links

Ease of Doing Business in India
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

India company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.


Exporting to India
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

Overseas Business Risk - India
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, international relations, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

HSBC Global Connections India country guide
Regularly updated guide produced by HSBC in partnership with Grant Thornton exploring key aspects of undertaking business and investing in India. Topics include a legal overview, conducting business, the tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance and infrastructure.

Doing Business in India 
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Updated in October 2015.

Doing Business Guide: India
Booklet produced by accountancy firm SC Vasudeva & Co. The guide gives an overview of background information relevant to starting a business, including:

  • banking and finance
  • institutions providing assistance to enterprises
  • legal structures of business organisations
  • foreign direct investment
  • labour and personnel
  • taxation system.

Doing Business in India
A guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: India
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

The float guide: How to float a company in India
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association in 2012 describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Intellectual property rights in India
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office on protecting and enforcing IP rights when trading in India.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Federation of regional chambers of commerce.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Premier Chamber of business and industry in Eastern and North-Eastern India.

UK-India Business Council
UK's organisation providing support to promote free trade, business and investment between the two countries.

Embassies and consulates


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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in India
This report contains information enabling foreign businesses and their professional advisors to determine the best methods of conducting business operations in India from both the tax and general legal points of view.

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