Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (ANPM)
The Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals (ANPM) is the Government department responsible for the design and implementation of energy policy and management of mineral resources, including oil and other strategic ores, approved by the Council of Ministers, as well as for the licensing and regulation of extractive activity, industrial activity to benefit petroleum and minerals, including petrochemicals and refining.
In terms of importing and exporting goods, you may need to obtain a permit from MOH for certain goods. These type of goods are identified by an 8-digit numerical number known as the Harmonized System (HS) number.
Types of Goods
Imports of: Gasoline; Aviation fuel; Diesel; Kerosene; motor oil, and Natural Gas Exports: Crude oil
You can access and download a copy of the Taxes and Duties Act (Decree Law: 08/2008) here.
Business Registration and Verification Service (SERVE)
To import or export commercially, you must first obtain a business certificate from Serviço de Registo e Verificação Empresarial (SERVE). SERVE’s operating hours are Monday to Friday, 0830 -1230, and 1400 to 1700.
SERVE is responsible for the following:
- Register companies and sole traders;
- Issue the Unique Number for companies, entrepreneurs and sole traders;
- Issue Business Registration Certificates;
- Verify the legal status of companies, entrepreneurs and sole traders;
- Issue and renew the Authorization to Conduct Business Activities;
- To promote and facilitate the process of business licenses, as well as its renewal;
- To promote and facilitate the application for the adequate visa for foreign
entrepreneur or investor, in accordance with the law into force;
- To submit to the competent authority the request for liquidation of companies,
in accordance with this Decree-Law;
- To cancel the Authorization to Conduct Business Activities, the registration of the company or sole traders, in accordance with this Decree-Law;
- To create and to maintain updated the data base for registration and
business license; and
- To conduct other activities which are not contrary to its nature and objectives.
- Issue the Certificate for Name Approval;
- Issue Company’s Unique Number (TIN);
- Issue the Business Registration Certificate;
- Certification of the Articles of Association and legal Statutes of the company;
- Publication of the summary of the registration;
- Cancel the Business Registration based on request by the Sole trader ou by the company, after the conclusion of the process for company’s liquidation or by decision of the competent tribunal;
- Issue, renew and cancel the Authorization to Conduct Business Activities, pursuant to Articles 35 to 59, of this Decree-Law;
- Promote and facilitate the process for Business License and its renewal;
- Issue Certidão Negativa de Dívidas for business license purposes;
- Issue certificate for verification of the legal status of companies, entrepreneurs and sole traders, in accordance with the law;
- Update of the details of the company, entrepreneurs and sole traders;
- Promote and facilitate the process for visa for foreign entrepreneurs and investors; and
- Other services that are not contrary to its competencies and that are defined by the Interministerial Technical Commission.
You can access and download a copy of the Serviço de Registo e Verificação Empresarial (Decree Law 35/2012) here.
Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL)
The Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) is the national police force of Timor-Leste. The PNTL was established in May 2002 by the United Nations, before sovereignty was passed to the new state, with a mandate to provide security and maintain law and order throughout the country, and to enable the rapid development of a credible, professional and impartial police service. There are at least three special units within the PNTL: the Police Reserve Unit (formerly the Rapid Deployment Service); the Border Patrol Unit (Unidade de Patrulhamento de Fronteiras, UPF); and the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR).
As a fellow border related agency, we work closely with the PNTL, which includes sharing information in our common goal to tackle crime and secure our borders. In addition:
- Border Police provide security at Customs offices and also patrol the land border to identify any persons and goods crossing illegally.
- The PNTL Maritime Unit identifies and interdict vessels off Timor-Leste’s coastline and helps us to detect any smuggling of goods or persons.
- The PNTL Maritime Unit also provides security at Timor-Leste’s seaport facilities.
In terms of importing and exporting goods, you may need to obtain a permit from PNTL for certain goods, such as firearms, ammunition and explosives. These type of goods are identified by an 8-digit numerical number known as the Harmonized System (HS) number.
Regulatory requirements sometimes change at short notice, so you should always confirm potential permit requirements directly with the PNTL prior to import or export.
Scientific Police for Criminal Investigation (PSIK)
Polísia Sientífika ba Investigasaun Kriminál (PSIK) was established in 2014, and has 47 investigations and 31 forensic experts, all are trained under the United Nations Development Program “the Justice Program” and in the School of Judicial Police in Portugal. The objective of PSIK is to focus on criminal investigation, scientific police and laboratory analysis. PSIK mission is to support the administration system in the justice system, and support PNTL led investigations on the challenges of criminality. PSIK, partners with the European Union and the Portuguese Camoes since 2012 along with the Ministry of Justice, and other local entities to ensure highly specialized criminal cases are effectively investigated.
Administration of Airports and Air Navigation of Timor-Leste (ANATL)
The Air Navigation Administration Timor Leste (ANATL), which formed in 2005, is the government administration responsible for national airports in Timor-Leste. The administration building is located at President Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL), which provides offices for the management and administration section. They have responsibility for the general operation of the Airport, air traffic control and security. The airport is operational between 06.00hrs to 18.30hrs, 365 days per year. Flight arrivals and departures are currently limited to daylight hours as current infrastructure does not enable night-time use of the runway. The main terminal building is divided in to two sections for departures and arrivals. There is a covered public area in front of the terminal building that has airline offices and retail outlets and a car park in front of the Terminal building.
Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC)
The Comissão Anti-Corrupção (CAC) is tasked with rooting out and eradicating corruption. Corruption destroys the very foundation of society, and does not distinguish between small or large, rich or poor nations. Corruption wrecks our children’s future. It is an obstacle to the progress of the young; and it hastens the death of the elderly. Corruption also hinders the rule of law; and threatens democracy. CAC was formed by Law on the Anti-corruption Commission Law (Law 8/2009). You can access and download a copy of this law here.
In accordance with the Preventive Measures and Combating Corruption (Decree Law No. 07/2020), CAC is responsible for obtaining relevant declarations from government officials which details and declares their personal assets, liabilities, and any potential conflicts of interest. You can access and download a copy of this law here.