Getting Started in Georgia

Doing Business with Georgia

At Embassy Tbilisi, the U.S. Department of State and its partners at the U.S. Commercial Service promote U.S. investment and the export of U.S. goods, services, and technology in today’s global marketplace.

Exporting to Georgia

If you are considering exporting to Georgia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Visit our trade.gov page about Georgia to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the International Trade Administration’s Research Center containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

Contact Information and Links for Assistance:

Getting Started: Investing in Georgia

If you are considering investing in Georgia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current Investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Georgia, the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy:  If you are active in Georgia, let us know by sending an email to Tbilisicommerce@state.gov.
  • Add Commercial and Agricultural Specialists to your mailing lists: we are always happy to stay informed. Send emails to contact addresses at the top of this page.
  • Subscribe to Embassy Georgia’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise. Contact information is listed here.

Working in Georgia

In this section, you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For questions regarding visa requirements for visiting Georgia, see information here.

Legal Assistance

For information on obtaining legal assistance, see information here.

 Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Georgia.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)  is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving, or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

Navigating U.S. Sanctions

Department of Treasury OFAC Sanctions List

This Sanctions List Search application (“Sanctions List Search”) is designed to facilitate the use of the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (“SDN List”) and other sanctions lists administered by OFAC, including the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List, the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List, the List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Correspondent Account or Payable-Through Account Sanctions, the Non-SDN Palestinian Legislative Council List, the Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions List, and the Non-SDN Communist Chinese Military Companies List.

Department of Commerce Entity List

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) publishes the names of certain foreign persons – including businesses, research institutions, government and private organizations, individuals, and other types of legal persons – that are subject to specific license requirements for the export, reexport and/or transfer (in-country) of specified items.  These persons comprise the Entity List, which is found at Supplement No. 4 to Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  The persons on the Entity List are subject to individual licensing requirements and policies supplemental to those found elsewhere in the EAR.