Export Processing Zones (EPZs) are special areas where foreign and local investors can set up industries and enjoy various incentives and facilities. Bangladesh has eight EPZs located in different regions of the country. These are Chittagong EPZ, Dhaka EPZ, Karnaphuli EPZ, Adamjee EPZ, Narayanganj EPZ, Savar EPZ, Ishwardi EPZ and Uttara EPZ. According to the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA), there are 588 enterprises operating in these EPZs as of June 2021[^1^].
In this article, we will provide a brief overview of some of the major companies operating in EPZs in Bangladesh. These companies are engaged in various sectors such as garments, textiles, footwear, leather goods, plastic goods, electronics, chemical and fertilizer, service oriented industries and others. The list is not exhaustive and is based on the information available on the websites of BEPZA[^1^] and BD Trade Info[^2^].
Chittagong EPZ is the oldest and largest EPZ in Bangladesh. It was established in 1983 and covers an area of 453 acres. It has 211 enterprises operating as of June 2021[^1^]. Some of the notable companies operating in Chittagong EPZ are:
A-One (BD) Ltd.: A joint venture between Italy and Bangladesh, this company produces knitting and other textile products.
Actor Sporting Ltd.: A Hong Kong based company that manufactures caps.
Alfa Packages (BD) Ltd.: A Bangladeshi company that produces paper products.
Beximco Fashions Ltd.: A Bangladeshi company that produces garments.
Daeyu Bangladesh Ltd.: A South Korean company that produces textile products.
Epic Garments Manufacturing Co. Ltd.: A Hong Kong based company that produces garments.
FCI (BD) Limited: A UK based company that produces garments.
Geebee Garments Industries Ltd.: An Indian company that produces garments.
Hop Lun (Bangladesh) Ltd.: A Swedish company that produces garments.
Pacific Jeans Ltd.: A Bangladeshi company that produces denim products.
Youngone Shoes Accessories Ind.Ltd: A South Korean company that produces footwear and leather goods.
Dhaka EPZ is the second largest EPZ in Bangladesh. It was established in 1993 and covers an area of 356 acres. It has 116 enterprises operating as of June 2021[^1^]. Some of the notable companies operating in Dhaka EPZ are:
Avery Dennison (Bangladesh) Pvt. Ltd.: A US based company that produces garment accessories.
Bangladesh Honda Pvt. Ltd.: A joint venture between Japan and Bangladesh, this company produces motorcycles.
Coca-Cola International Beverages Pvt. Ltd.: A US based company that produces soft drinks.
Doreen Garments Ltd.: A Bangladeshi company that produces garments.
Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (Bangladesh Branch): A Japanese company that produces electrical equipment.
H&M Hennes & Mauritz (Bangladesh) Production Office: A Swedish company that produces garments.
KDS Accessories Limited: A Bangladeshi company that produces garment accessories.
LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited: A joint venture between France and Switzerland, this company produces cement.
Nestle Bangladesh Limited: A Swiss company that produces food products.
Samsung Electronics Bangladesh Co., Ltd.: A South 061ffe29dd