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Legislation of Delaware

  • Incorporation time: 2 days
  • Shelf companies: Yes
  • Accounting: No
  • Secretary: No
  • Nominee Shareholder: Yes
  • Nominee director: Yes
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Trade and Market Information

The import of goods to Delaware must comply with the standards established by the United States, members of the WTO, the OECD, signatories to the Washington Convention, the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the International Coffee Agreement of 2001.

The import of goods to the United States is strictly monitored, as with passenger transport, and many products have specific requirements to meet. Dairy products are limited by quotas and require special licences, as do fruits and vegetables, while meat can only be imported into ports equipped with approved sanitary equipment. Manufactured products must in turn meet U.S. standards and electrical equipment must receive a security certificate from one of 2,700 municipal authorities.

Several embargoes have also been implemented by the country prohibiting the import of several products. American customs duties are some of the lowest in the world (average 3%).

The United States are the leaders in mass distribution and retail. The turnover of this sector exceeded USD 4,000 billion in 2009. American consumers lap up novelty and the American market can therefore be a good test for an innovative product. The distribution sector has a multitude of very different market leaders (supermarkets, specialised shops, etc.). The three major groups are Wal Mart, The Kroger Co, and Sears Roebuck & Co.

As with the country as a whole, the transport of goods in Delaware is highly developed, with automated and sophisticated ports, a dense road network and numerous rail tracks.

Links :
Department of Commerce
National Retail Federation

Employment Legislation in Delaware

The statutory weekly working time in Delaware is 40 hours, with a minimum wage of 7.75 USD per hour and the retirement age is 60. Social insurance contributions are paid by the employer and the employee at a rate of 7.65%. Most of the unions in the United States are part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations or Change to Win. These days fewer employees are becoming trade union members.

Intellectual Property Regime in Delaware

Type of rights


Validity of protection

Agreements signed


United States Code, Title 35

20 years

– Patent Cooperation Treaty
– Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification


Legislation on US trademarks

20 years, renewable for periods of 10 years

– Trademark Law Treaty
-Nice Agreement on the international classification of goods and services
-The Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks


Industrial designs

Reproduction rights


50 to 70 years after the death of the author

– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
– Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers
– WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
– WIPO Copyright Treaty
– Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms

Industrial designs

United States Code, Title 35


Links :
Department of Labor
US Patent and Trademark Office
Copyright Office

Delaware Political Data

Delaware, like all US states, has a Governor (Jack Markell), who has executive power and is appointed by general election. The concept of a state which is relatively independent from the federal Government is still very strong in the United States. Nevertheless, state administrations also rely on the national government with, at its head, the President of the United States of America (Barack Obama). In addition to the Governor, each state elects two Senators who will represent it in the Senate (Thomas Carper and Christopher A. Coons).

There are a number of political parties in the United States, but the political landscape is dominated by the two main parties: Democrats and Republicans. Delaware tends to support the Democrats and, since 1988, the state has not elected a Republican candidate.

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