9th July 2021Corporate Establishment Process for Businesses in China

The establishment process varies based on one’s chosen investment structure and planned business scope. For example, setting up a manufacturing FIE requires an environmental evaluation to be completed, setting up a trading FIE must comply with the customs/commodity inspection requirements, and setting up simple services FIE may require neither.

Establishing a foreign investment structure in China generally takes between three and six months and involves the following government authorities:

  • Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and its local branches;
  • State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and its local branches;
  • State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and its local branches;
  • State Taxation Administration (STA) and its local branches;
  • General Administration of Customs (GAC) and its local branches; and
  • National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and its local

Below we take Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) as an example to demonstrate the setup procedure.

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