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​The following is a list of the main Services provided by the Commerce Department: 

  • Advice, Information and Processing of Complaints 


The Business Care Unit provides comprehensive Helpdesk services and advice to clients on issues relating to:

- Trading Licenses and Import/Export Licenses;

- Design and Trademark Registration as well as Patenting of Inventions;

- Other services rendered by the Commerce Department;

- The securing of information concerning their business and formalities on how to start a business;

- Complaints on excessive bureaucracy and unnecessary administrative red tape that result in burdens to businesses.


  •  Patenting of Inventions 


A Patent gives protection to an invention that is novel, involves an inventive step and can be applied in industry. 


  • Registration of Trademarks 


Registration gives protection to a sign that serves to distinguish the goods or services of one organisation or individual from those of another. 


  • Registration of Designs 


Registration gives protection to a novel shape or pattern to be applied to a particular object. 


  • Facilitating Business 


- Facilitating the relationship between the Commercial Sector and Government Entities.

- Organising meetings in Local Councils and Industrial Zones.

- Assisting businesses to set up their own Business Organisations.


  • Issuing of Trading Licences 


- Self-employed who operate from a non-fixed commercial premises

- The operating of fixed premises for a commercial purpose (retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers)

- Market and street hawkers

- Other commercial activities not otherwise regulated

- The organisation of commercial fairs and car boot sales


  •  Issuing of Import and Export Licenses 


- Some items imported from non-EU member states require an import licence. Similarly, some items exported from Malta to non-EU member states require an export license.

- The above applies to a restricted number of items coming and going from Malta to other EU member states.

- The export of dual-use items and military equipment must be cleared by the Commerce Department.


  • Subsidies and Quotas 


- The importation of sugar to be used for local consumption either in its raw state or as part of another product qualifies for a government subsidy administered by the Commerce Department. The same applies for the importation of sugar intended for consumption as part of a finished product in a country other than Malta.

- Certain items imported from outside the EU are subject to a quota. Local importers interested in securing part of the quota allocated for Malta need to apply at the Commerce Department.


  • Other Services 


- SOLVIT: the Malta SOLVIT Centre is committed to solve problems which hinder the Internal Market rights of citizens and businesses.

- The Malta Crafts Council promotes Maltese crafts and assists Maltese craftsmen and entrepreneurs.

- The organisation of seminars and information meetings for the commercial sector.

For Further Information Please Contact:


Tel: 21 22 66 88​