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Portugal: Agency and Distribution Agreements - a Lexwork International exclusive picture_as_pdf

This document describes how Portuguese law governs the contracting of agencies and distribution agreements. It specifically outlines the contractual freedom each party has and details competition laws and tax regulations. Prepared by: Costa Basto, Jorge Fernandes, Veríssimo e Associados.

Government Resources

Main Government Page
Statistics Office
Stock Exchanges
Investment Promotion Agency

Company Directories

GuiaNet is a business portal for the multiple sectors of business in Portugal. This site provides a wide variety of directories, messaging, and contact information. 

Regulatory Agency Sites

The main mission of the FCT Space Office, also known as Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, is to fully explore the benefits of the Portuguese participation in European space programs. The FCT Space Office monitors the participation of Portuguese academia in space programs and contributes to the maintenance of the European Space Agency and other international space organizations. The site provides a general overview of the organization's structure, purpose, and governing bodies. Related statistics and history are also archived. Some aspects of the site are only available in Portuguese.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFDR), also known as the Ministro da Agricultura, Florestas e Desenvolvimento Rural, is charged with regulating the agriculture industry. Its website contains information about the current minister and other head figures in the ministry, as well as recent news in the ministry. Although an English version of the site is available, this particular page is only available in Portuguese.

The National Communications Authority, also known as Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) is responsible for the electronic and post sectors in Portugal. ANACOM is responsible for market regulation by promoting competition and guaranteeing network access, while also promoting technological advancements. ANACOM also ensures the application of laws and they deal with complaints regarding post and electronics.

The National Institute of Pharmacy and Medicines (Infarmed) is accountable to the Health Ministry of Portugal. The objective of Infarmed is to monitor, assess, and regulate all activities relating to human medicines and health products for the protection of public health. The site provides detailed information regarding medicinal products, medical devices, cosmetics, licensing bodies, and monitoring the market.

The Regulatory Entity for Social Communication (ERC), also known as Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social (ERC) consists of a regulatory board that defines and implements licenses and other regulatory action. The ERC site contains information about its responsibilities, recent news, studies and publications, legislation, and a common questions section. This website is only available in Portuguese.

The Portuguese Securities Market Commission, also known as Comissao do Mercado de Valores Mobiliarios (CMVM) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the Portuguese Financial Services Industry. This site contains a list of press releases, publications, statistics, and academic/consulting papers.

Other Resources

Provided by, the Doing Business in Portugal web page provides a market overview of the current economic status of Portugal, as well as information about the challenges, opportunities, and possible entry strategies for that particular market. 

This is the official site for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Portugal which features a business directory with company information. A directory search can be performed by product or business sector. This site also provides information about the services they provide as well as a media kit. 

The International Business Centre of Madeira (IBC), also known as the Madeira Free Trade Zone, explains Madeira’s appeal as a location for international business. This site covers taxation, operational costs, infrastructure, legislation, and business environment information. In addition, a selection of case studies are provided.