Starting a Business

Procedures for Establishment of Resident Representative Offices by Foreign Companies
Step 1:

Applicant appoints an agent, which must be a foreign investment services company in the mainland.

Step 2:

Agent submits on applicant’s behalf all the required documents to the provincial foreign trade and economic cooperation department for handling application procedures.

Step 3:

Upon approval granted, applicant should proceed promptly to the provincial or municipal administration for industry and commerce for registration.

Step 4:

Other formalities to be handled by the resident representative:

  • Complete residence application procedures with local public security bureau by presenting registration certificate, representative certificate and approval certificate;
  • Apply for opening bank account by presenting registration certificate and approval certificate to local foreign exchange administration;
  • Apply to Customs for permission to import office equipment, daily necessities and transport vehicles for use by the representative office and its personnel;
  • Complete tax payment registration procedure at local tax office;
  • Appoint local foreign service company to recruit local staff.

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