How Can An Indian Company Open A Bank Account In Europe?

By January 27, 2016Banking

India is a pretty progressive country that inhabits a billion people. The pace at which India is developing, both technologically and economically is brisk. This success, development and progress are a result of its performance in the international market.

The major rule of expanding to other countries is to have a base set up in the destination country. For instance, if somebody is trying to expand his horizon with a move to a different country, then he must first set up a Headquarter or a base of operations for his firm. The amalgamation of different European countries in a single union is named as European Union. The laws and regulations in the countries that are part of the EU are pretty similar, with only minute differences here and there. The intercontinental transactions has been made easier in Europe since the creation of the European Union, but what about the millions of Indians trying to expand the borders of their business to the vast greenery of Europe? In order to buy property or to buy anything else for that matter in an entirely different country, you need to have a bank account in the country.

Here is a detailed explanation of how to do exactly that;

Choosing a Bank

Banks in Europe are allowed the courtesy of deciding their own customers. No laws within the European Union can prevent or force a bank to open a bank account for a particular customer. Therefore, it is essential to choose a bank beforehand that has a history of granting permission for the opening of a bank account for people who are not exactly residents of the European Union.

Filling the form

An online form can be submitted from the comfort of your home that expresses your desire to the bank about getting an account opened in your name. After the form is filled, the bank will inform you about the ways you can identify yourself as a proper candidate who is viable to receive the bounties of a bank account.

Proving your Identity

For an Indian national, an important step in opening a bank account in a European country is providing the required documents to proof your identity. Identifying yourself is a process that gives the bank a go-ahead to process the opening of your bank account. There are two methods through which you can identify yourself in any European country;

  • By Lawyer or Notary
  • By Bank

By lawyer

It means to identify yourself in a European country with the help of a lawyer; the lawyer takes responsibility on your behalf. The lawyer that takes the responsibility must be a resident of the EU.

By Bank

It is a very simple process, it involves the bank that you use in any state of India to share details with the bank where you are trying to open an account. The bank back home in India and the bank in your destination country collaborate together and settle the case.

This is all it takes to open a bank account in any country in Europe. Apart from opening an account in a bank in Europe, some other questions also wander in the minds of many Indians who decide to expand their business to Europe.

Virtual bank account for exporters

If you export into Europe you can also consider signing up with B2B Pay. With B2B Pay an you can get your own virtual bank account inside the European SEPA zone, combined with vastly cheaper fees for currency exchange and transfer to your local bank account.

Paying Taxes

The regulations for paying taxes on a bank account in Europe are particular to the country you have chosen to open a bank account. Overall, most countries do collect some service charges or taxes, while some such as “Germany” do not compel you to pay taxes to the government unless you make use of the money in the country.

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