Its exceptional location in the South Pacific, along with its strong economic potential, stability of government, educational system, and currency all within the U.S. framework helps to mitigate many of the risks of investing in American Samoa as a potential cruise line destination. The Department of Commerce (DOC) is the first stop for investors interested in doing business in American Samoa. Any person or company who wishes to set up a business in American Samoa must first obtain a business license issued by this department.
In addition, any application for a business license from a person who is not either an American Samoan or a permanent resident must also be referred to the Territorial Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to the Governor. This review takes into consideration, among other issues, registered ownership, anticipated traffic, parking, water, and sewage needs, impact on land resources and native customs, culture and traditions, and anticipated (if any), economic opportunities for resident Samoans. If a proposed business or development is in a watershed area, land use and zoning variance requirements also apply. (See American Samoa, The American Samoa Magazine, copyright Pacific MagazineÂ©, 2004)
American Samoaâ€™s Tax Code mirrors the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, except for territorial tax and investment incentives. The DOC can supply a potential investor with data for feasibility studies and cost-benefit analysis.
For further information on Business, Investment & Trade opportunities, contact the ASG Department of Commerce directly, or refer to their website at: http://www.asdoc.info
American Samoa Government Department of Commerce Executive Office Building Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Phone: (684) 633-5155 Fax: (684) 633-4195 Director: Faleseu Eliu F. Paopao Deputy Director: Lelei Peau Economic Development Manager: Alex Zodiacal
Source: American Samoa Office of Tourism