China Company Registration

Open a company in China to generate profits and invoice clients.

Types of Companies in China

What kind of companies can you open in China?

There are 3 main types of companies available to foreigners in China: wholly foreign owned enterprise (WFOE), representative office (RO) and joint venture (JV).

A Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) is the most popular company type for foreigners setting up businesses in China. WFOEs can generate profits in China, invoice in China and send profits overseas. They are 100% foreign-owned legal entities.

A Representative Office (RO) is a non-profit organization fully-owned by an overseas company. Representative offices cannot generate a profit directly in China, invoice, or hire staff directly. They are limited to non-profit making operations such as after-sales customer support, marketing, research, business development, quality control and other non-transactional activities.

A Joint Venture (JV) is a profit-making entity with a mix of foreign and Chinese shareholders. JVs are similar to WFOEs, but are able to conduct operations in more restrictive business sectors such as eduction, medical institutions and telecommunications to name a few.

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Company Registration Procedure

Step by step company registration

01. 15 woking days

Business License

Your company is registered & business license issued.

• Registered Address
• Company Name
• Business License
• Company Chops

02. 15 working days

Bank Accounts

Opening your bank & tax accounts.

• Corporate bank account
• Social insurance account
• Housing fund account
• Tax registration number

03. Optional

Trading Certificates

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• Import / export license
• Food & beverage license
• Alcohol license
• Medicine license

04. Optional

Payroll

Recruitment, payroll & benefits administration for your staff.

• Payroll
• Mandatory benefits
• Payroll web portal
• Recruitment

05. Optional

Accounting

Monthly tax & accounting reports for compliance.

• Monthly tax & accounting
• Invoice issuing
• Financial chop
• Bookkeeping

06. Optional

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Market entry options

How to enter China like a pro

Open a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)

Pros: 

  • Can generate a profit in China.
  • Can invoice clients (fapiao)
  • Can send profits overseas.
  • Can hire employees directly.

Cons:

  • Monthly & quarterly compliance reports (accounting)
  • Greater liabilities
Open a Representative Office (RO)

Pros: 

  • Can conduct non-profit activities such as marketing, customer support, quality control, ect…
  • Can host a website in mainland China (ICP license)
  • Less liabilities

Cons:

  • Cannot generate profit.
  • Cannot invoice clients (fapiao)
  • Cannot hire employees directly.
Use an Employer of Record

Pros: 

  • Hire & manage employees
  • Can conduct non-profit activities such as marketing, customer support, quality control, ect…
  • No local entity required
  • Fastest set up
  • Least liabilities

Cons:

  • Cannot generate profit.
  • Cannot invoice clients (fapiao)
Open a Joint Venture (JV)

Pros: 

  • Can generate a profit in China.
  • Can invoice clients (fapiao)
  • Can send profits overseas.
  • Can hire employees directly.

Cons:

  • Monthly & quarterly compliance reports (accounting)
  • Greater liabilities

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Frequently Asked Questions

WFOE is an abbreviation for Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. A WFOE is a 100% foreign-owned (by an individual or a holding company) limited liability company that is capable of generating profits, invoicing and hiring local and foreign employees in China.

A Representative Office (RO) is a non-profit organization fully-owned by an overseas company. Representative offices cannot generate a profit directly in China, invoice, or hire staff directly. They are limited to non-profit making operations such as after-sales customer support, marketing, research, business development, quality control and other non-transactional activities.

A Joint Venture (JV) is a profit-making entity, similar to a WFOE, but with a mix of foreign and Chinese shareholders. JVs are able to conduct operations in more restrictive business sectors such as eduction, medical institutions and telecommunications.

Using an Employer of Record/PEO service is often regarded as the modern approach to expanding into China. As long as you do not need to invoice in China, this is a perfect solution for foreign SMEs that want to start their business here. With an employer of record, you can legally hire and manager your team in China, avoiding the time and money required to set up a company.

We can hire a local Chinese employee in as little as one day!

Yes, our Employer of Record solution can be used to hire both local and foreign staff.

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