Company Registration in China


  • No limit for registered capital

  • local partnership not required

  • Allowance of Complete Foreign Ownership

  • Allowance of Joint venture registration

  • Complete China market entry strategy

Company Registration

Company Registration in China

Company Registration in China is a tiresome job. If you are planning for Company Registration in China, first you need to understand your need. Is it really necessary to have a registered company in China, or the accumulation of an Umbrella company does satisfy?

Types of Company in China:

  • Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise
  • Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise
  • Representative offices in China
  • Joint Venture Company registration in China

About Umbrella company

Umbrella Company is a legal entity that works like your host in China. It looks after your employees or operations(usually your sales/marketing/import-export or any kind of consultant) in China. Establishing an umbrella company is cost-effective and hence the best way to start a service sector business in China.

If you are thinking of having local employees, the umbrella company can help you in:

  • looking after work visa procedures for foreign employees
  • hiring employees depending on the need
  • salary, taxation, insurance, etc. for your employees
  • payment receipt from Chinese clients directly in China and further transfer to your own country account
  • payment operations
  • getting an area for your business office or warehouse

Steps of Company Registration in China

Following steps need to be followed for company registration:

  • Submit an application for company registration to the company registration authority in consent with Chinese Company Law.
  • Once registration is done, the entity is registered as a limited liability company or company limited by shares. But the registration might face a hindrance if the concerned authority feels that the required conditions are not fulfilled.
  • It is quite easy to make an inquiry on matters related to company registration from the company registration authorities.
  • Only the company registration authority will issue the business license to you. The date of setting up of the company and license issuing date is similar.
  • Following things are mentioned in the license- name, domicile, registered capital, business scope and the name of the legal representative etc of the company.
  • If you want to change anything mentioned in the license, you need to follow the appropriate procedure made by law. The company registration authority has the right to issue a new business license for the same.

Types of Business Entities in China

  • Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise
  • Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise
  • Representative offices in China
  • Joint Venture Company registration in China

1. Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOEs)

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOEs) is a limited liability company. In this, the complete shareholds the foreign entities and individuals. Only International business enterprises or foreign individuals can be the shareholders in WFOE and a Chinese partner is not mandatory.

WFOE is the best investment vehicle if the investor is planning to manufacture, process, or assemble in China. Having paid up capital is not necessary to establish a consulting, trading or IT firm etc. in China. The foreign companies which are planning to sell or make high-value products generally prefer to a WFOE. This is to resist any violation of intellectual property that has already cast-out China,

Registered Capital

It is the amount mandatory to operate the business until it arrives at the break-even point. A WFOE operates with the registered capital until it built up its own cash- flow.

Minimum Registered Capital Requirement

  • RMB 100,000 – Consulting WFOE
  •  RMB 500,000 – Trading WFOE
  •  RMB 500,000 – Manufacturer WFOE

Adviced Registered Capital

  • RMB 300,000 < Consulting WFOE
  •  RMB 1,000,000 < Trading WFOE
  •  RMB 1,000,000 < Manufacturer WFOE

Business Scope of WFOEs

WFOEs can work within the limited approved business ambit that is mentioned on the business license. Further its application and its approval are required for changes regarding the business scope of WFOEs. The common business ambit includes the consulting services of investment, international economic, trade information, international economic, manufacturing, etc. It also has the emerging scopes in trading Wholesale and Retail business.

2. Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise

The regulations for Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise registration are relatively easy. It caters to the foreign investors a larger scope for administering the trading activities. They are established for the purpose of retailing, wholesaling, franchising or trading business in China.

The minimum registered capital required

  •  RMB 500,000 – Wholesale FICE.
  • RMB 300,000 – Retail FICE

Adviced Registered Capital

  • RMB 1,000,000 < Wholesale FICE
  • RMB 1,000,000 < Retail FICE

3. Representative Offices (ROs) in China

Representative offices betoken the parent company. They work for market research activity to understand the scope and depth of Chinese Market for the future investment. They are not allowed to perform any business for profit-making. They cannot sign contracts on behalf of the parent enterprise, receive revenue, issue official tax invoices, deal a property or import manufacturing equipment.

TAX on ROs

Representative officers in China are liable to pay taxes on all the expenses incurred by him. It includes staff salary and rental. Approximately 10% of the total amount is payable as the tax. They submit a monthly report to the Chinese Tax Administration Department.

Staff Enrollment

Staff recruitment cannot be done by ROs themselves. They need to seek the advice of an HR agent which is appointed by the Chinese government for recruitment purposes.

4. Joint Ventures Company

Types of Joint Ventures Company:

  1. Equity Joint Ventures
  2. Cooperative Joint Ventures

Joint- Venture is the collaboration of both domestic and international entities. It is secured by both, foreign and Chinese partners. It is built for the purpose of transfer of technology.

Similarities between WFOE and Joint Ventures Company:

  • In case of a foreign employee, his is required to register with the local Social Security Authority within 30 days of employment.
  • Corporate taxes differ from 15% – 25%, depending on the company’s jurisdiction and industry sector.  Reporting to the Tax Administration Department is essential on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. The cost of an annual audit report will be around RMB 6,000 and if not submitted company will subject to a fine.
  • The company can easily repatriate the profit, there are no such conditions by China Government. If a company wants to remit the profits out of the country, then the approval of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange is not required.  However, if the losses of the previous year have not been completed then distribution and repatriation of profit are not allowed. Registered capital cannot be repatriated to the home country during the term of business operation.
  • Generally, the working duration of the manufacturing for WFOEs are 15-30 years. The duration is easily extendable on the basis of prior approval from the government. The WFOEs term is extended to 50 years if the company has:
    1. a huge investment
    2. a long construction period
    3. manufactures internationally competitive products
    4. advanced technology for producing cultured products
    5. received key technology from a foreign partner

Reach Us

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