CHINA COMPANY REGISTRATION

First-rate and All-round Company Registration Service in China

  • Online Company Registration Package
    Just provide us with the required documents and let us do the rest.  Starts at $ 150 to get the Feasibility Study Report.
  • No requirement for a real office
    We can supply the cheapest price and Permanent legal registered address.
  • New Business License 3 in 1
    Combines the business license, the organization code certificate, and the tax certificate into one Business License.
  • Set-up a WFOE in 30 Working Days
    The registration process takes only about 30 working days at the earliest.
  • Advanced Company Registration Status $ Procedure System
    You can check your company registration status and Procedure in your dashboard.
  • Comprehensive Management Service
    A comprehensive range of additional business services including Accounting & Tax, Working Visa, and legal services.

The procedure to set up a company

Set-up a Foreign Invested company in 30 Working Days

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China Corporate Structures

The advantage of 4 typical Foreign Invested Corporations

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)

Joint Venture Company (JV)

Representative Office (RO)

Foreign Limited Partnership (LP)

Basic Documents Required

Documents required to set up a company in China

Passport

If the Legal representative, Supervisor, and shareholders are foreign citizens, you need to provide the Photocopy of the Passport or the Identification Certificates. Meanwhile, all the passports should be notarized and authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or consulate. But if you are in China, we just need to submit the original Passport to the SAMR.

Registration Proof

If the shareholder is the legal entity, the Certificate of Registration/Business Certificates for the company investor should be notarized and authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or consulate in your country. Similarly, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan companies should be notarized by the local registration office or authentication department only.

Office Address

According to Chinese Company law, to set up a company need to provide the office Address Lease Agreement at least one year to the Government. That means you need to provide the Office Lease Contract and the Property Certificate (Copy and stamped with the property owner's chop in China). Certainly, if you don't have the company office in China, we can help you to find the company registration address in the Development Zone.

What do you get

What do you get after Company Registration

Business License

Obtaining a Business License from Government

Business Scope

Provide the approved business activity in the Business License

Articles of association

Company's articles of association (Basic Version in Chinese)

Stamps

Company stamp, Financial stamp, Invoice (Fapiao) seal and Legal Representative stamp

Extra service package after Company Registration

Bank Account

RMB Company Bank Account / Company Capital Account / Foreign Exchange Account

TAX Bureau Disk

Golden Tax Bureau Disk (OfficialTax USB disk to issue invoices and the tax)/ Fapiao printing machine / Blank fapiao notes

Visa & Work Permit

Work visa is required for entrepreneurs who set up a company in China. After applying for a work visa, you must obtain a work permit and residence permit.

Social security account

Pension, Medical Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, Maternity Insurance, Work Injury Insurance and Housing Provident Fund for Chinese employees.

Applying for Licenses & Certificates

Assisting in applying for Special Licenses or Certificates

Import Export Certificate

Trading companies in China need the process below: 1. Put on record Foreign Trade unit 2. Registration Form for Inspection and Quarantine. 3. Certificate of customs declaration Unit. 4. Foreign Exchange Administration Unit. 5. Electronic port Card.

Food Circulation License

For the Food trading companies, outlets, supermarkets, or restaurants, and the enterprises engaged in the manufacture and packaging of food, the Food License is necessary. That means you need to provide a certificate to operate the food business.

ICP License

If the company has an official website or e-commerce platform in China, it needs to apply for the ICP license. Generally, non-profit websites need to apply for the standard ICP license, and e-commerce websites need to apply for the commercial ICP.

Medical device license

If the company business activities belong to the Mid-risk medical devices or High-risk medical devices). GWBMA can help you to apply for the Medical device License in National Medical Product Administration (NMPA ).

Alcohol Wholesale/Retail

For the Alcohol business in China, whatever wholesale or retail, the WFOE needs to apply for the Alcohol (Wholesale/Retail) License with the Food License. That means the company needs to provide a real office or shop agreement with a property certificate, etc.

Human Resource license

If the company business refers to the onboarding, payroll, and benefits to employees for the other corporations, it needs to apply for the HR license. Basically, it needs the bank deposit of RMB 1,000,000 of registered Capital, 5 employees with Talent certificates, etc.

Travel agency license

If the company activity belongs to the tourism business, it needs to apply for the Travel agency license. For international tourism, it needs a bank deposit of RMB 1,500,000 of registered Capital. And for domestic tourism, it needs bank deposit of RMB 300,000 of registered Capital.

NVOCC

NVOCOO means Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier. The NOVCC validity period is 5 years for the Company. In order for a foreign NVOCC to issue its own House Bill of Lading in Mainland China. GWBMA can help you to put a record in the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in China.

ADVANCED REPORT SERVICE

Protecting Your Business from Legal Risks

Feasibility Study Report

A feasibility study report is typically required by the business decision-makers in relation to enterprise establishment in China, GWBMA works closely with the client and acts as a sparring partner in defining the China business strategy. We offer to compile the feasibility study report including Affordable Quotation, Business Scope, Organizational structure, Location, Timeline process, Profit repatriation, Tax, Work Permit, etc.

China Maketing Report

Based on our strong network of Marketing, GWBMA has wealth of experience with many successful projects including Laduree Pop-up Store, Chili's Cafe & Bar, etc. GWBMA has qualified experts in the following areas: China Market Research, Social Media Management Package, E-commerce Solution, Website Design & China Hosting, etc. A comprehensive and efficient market report can help you to expand the market into China.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Company Registration in China

How much does it cost to set up a foreign-owned company in China?

The Company registration cost depends on the company type, the business scale, and the business industries. Therefore, if you want to set up a company in China, just contact us directly. We’ll analyze your company situation and then provide the most cost-saving proposal.


What is the share proportion for the Foreign-Invested Enterprise?

  • For the WFOE/WOEF, the foreign investor should have a 100% shareholder ratio to set up a wholly foreign owned company in China.
  • For Joint venture company, at least one of the shareholders should be a foreign investor that the proportion shall be no less than 25%.

I haven’t rented an office yet, can I set up a company first?

When setting up a company in China, it is important that you need to find an office and the lease contract with the landload who provide the copy of the real estate license, and other related materials. It is necessary for company registration. Certainly, if you need help, we can help you to find the best office or provide the registration address in the Development Zone.


What is a Joint Venture company in China?

The Joint venture (JV) is a business entity set up by one or more citizens, corporations, or economic organizations cooperating with Chinese citizens, corporations, or economic organizations. That means the shareholders are from two or more nationalities. According to the Company Laws in China, the JV company is characterized by shared ownership, shared returns and risk, and shared governance. The point is, the contribution of capitals shall be converted to a certain proportion, and the proportion of the foreign investors shall be no less than 25%.


Will the company be able to start operations after obtaining a business license?

After obtaining a business license, you need to apply for public security records, official seals, corporate seals, and financial seals. Moreover, the corporation in China needs to apply for tax registration and social security account.


What is the limit on the number of board members of a limited liability company?

If a limited liability company has a board of directors, its members are five to thirteen people. Besides, the limited liability company with a small number of shareholders or a relatively small company may have an executive director without a board of directors.


What is the Supervisor of the Foreign Invested Enterprise (WFOE/JV)?

According to the Company law, a WFOE or JV company in China is required to appoint at least one natural person as the supervisor, and this person can be of any nationality and reside in any place. The supervisor cannot be appointed as the legal representative, board members or other senior manager. However, any shareholder or employee can be nominated to serve as a supervisor. In fact, the Supervisor of a WFOE/JV has no direct authority or responsibility, and usually serves a “symbolic function” within the company.


Can a limited liability company not have a board of supervisors?

A limited liability company with a small number of shareholders or a small scale may have one to two supervisors and no supervisory board. However, the limited liability company with a relatively large scale of operations has a supervisory committee with not less than three members, and the proportion of staff representatives shall not be less than one third. Supervisors shouldn’t be the legal representative, board members or other senior manager.


Who can be the legal Representative of Foreign companies?

Setting up a company in China requires a legal representative. The legal representative can be one Chinese or a foreigner. Besides that, the legal representative may be one of the shareholders, or it may be one of the persons from the appointment system (the position is the chairman, executive director, or manager). But the legal representative should not be the supervisor.


Do I need to be physically present to register a company in China?

No, we can act as an authorized agent on your behalf to register your company and get the Business License even if you are not in China. However, the legal Representative needs to be in China in order to open the company’s bank account.


What is a branch office? Is a branch company qualified as a corporate legal person?

A branch company refers to a company that set up a business entity in a different registered area. It should be noted that the branch company does not have a legal personality, and cannot independently assume civil liabilities. Therefore, the parent company is responsible for civil liabilities.


How to name your company in China?

In China, the official name of a company consists of four parts: administrative region, designation name, industry characteristics, and organizational form. Firstly, the administrative region name includes different regions or cities where you register the company. Secondly, the designation name includes two or more Chinese characters. Thirdly, the industrial characteristic includes the name of the products, business, or industries such as trade, culture, technology, advertising, etc. Fourthly, the organizational form includes the limited company, liability limited company, RO, etc.


What does registered Capital Mean?

According to Company Law, registered capital is the fund all the shareholders contribute or promise to contribute to the company as they apply with local State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) for incorporation, and the amount of the registered capital will be listed in the company’s Business License. Generally, it is the Subscription Capital system, there is no time limit for fund injection now. It means that the shareholders can transfer the Registered Capital into Company’s Capital Account in 20-30 years.


How to fill in the company’s business scope?

The Chinese company law stipulates that an enterprise may not operate business beyond the business scope of the business license, otherwise it will face a fine. Therefore, you must first determine the main operations to ensure that the company can legally operate these industries. If you are unsure whether to do the added business scope, you can go to the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) to ask the questions. That’s why the Chinese business scope is very important for your company.


What is the WFOE/WOFE in China?

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE or WOFE) refers to foreign enterprises, corporations, economic organizations, or individuals that are 100% owned and capitalized in China by foreign investors. Thus, the WFOE doesn’t include the Joint venture enterprises, Representative Offices, or the branches of foreign companies, etc. Most notably, unlike the other investment vehicles in China, the unique feature of a WFOE is that the involvement of a mainland Chinese investor is not required. That’s why the WFOE is the most popular corporation for the Foreign Invested Enterprises (FIE).


What is the Representative Office in China?

Representative Office (RO) allows a foreign company to hire staff in China through their own legal entity. That means the RO is for the sole purpose of company representation. Starting up a RO in China is the fastest way to get an income at a lesser cost. However, not only the RO cannot part-take in any activities that cause them to gain returns, but also it cannot sign up any legal documents or charge a sales service fee from any customers.


What is the difference between the branch company and the subsidiary company?

  • A branch company is a branch of the company. Although the Branch company has business qualifications, it does not have legal personality, and cannot independently assume civil liabilities. The civil liability is bared by the company that establishes the branch company. In addition, the name of the branch company has to set up a branch name in front, followed by the name of the company plus a branch location.
  • For the subsidiary company, a certain amount of shares of a subsidiary are held and controlled by the parent company, but they have independent legal personality. In another word, civil liability can be assumed independently and externally according to law, but the parent company is not liable for the debts of the subsidiary company. The point is that the Subsidiaries can name themselves without adding the parent company’s name.

What should I do if the Registrated Capital cannot be paid after the capital period expires?

  • If the company does not intend to continue to operate, it can directly deregistration or transfer.
  • It is possible to extend the capital contribution period by amending the statutes; this method should be the most cost-saving, but it must be approved by all shareholders.
  • Find someone to help advance the capital, and the registered capital will actually be paid.
  • Shareholders who fail to timely contribute capital can be paid by other shareholders or transfer shares.
  • Go to the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) pre-filing to handle the change of capital reduction.

Can I use the English Company Name as the official name for company registration in China?

According to Article 8 of China’s “Implementation Measures for the Registration and Administration of Enterprise Names”, enterprise names should only use Chinese Simplified characters that conform to national standards, and must not use Chinese pinyin letters or Arabic numerals. Meanwhile, if the name of an enterprise needs to be translated into a foreign language for use, it shall be translated and used by the enterprise itself in accordance with the principle of text translation, and there is no need to report to the Industrial and Commercial Administration Departments for approval. In this way, there are often inconsistencies and frequent changes. As a consequence, Chinese Simplified is the only language in the official record of enterprise in the People of the Republic of China.


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08/31/2022
Cynthia M.
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Worth the money!

I found the process of establishing a WFOE unambiguous. GWBMA came to me as a recommendation of a friend of mine who established his company using the service provided. They helped me through every step. A pleasure doing business and will continue to do more. Thanks so much.

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07/29/2022
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5 star services of Goodwill Management Consulting

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Goodwill Management Consulting for all their assistance in helping us to set up our new company in Shanghai. Throughout the entire process the level of professionalism was exlampary, their expertise and experience made the entire journey a very pleasurable one.   From the first moment that we made contact with Goodwill Management Consulting they made us feel like valued customers and were extremely happy to assist us in all aspects of registering our company ( a daunting task for two foreigners new to Shanghai) from initial registration to setting up company bank account to arranging work permit every step was taken care of making the whole process stress free.   I would like to particularly thank Fiona our lead contact within Goodwill Management Consulting for her excellent work and her patience in explaining each step of the process in a clear and concise manner and for alleviating any worries we had with any aspect of the process. We would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending the 5 star services of Goodwill Management Consulting.

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07/07/2022
Shyamal D.
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Highly Recommend

I highly recommend the service of GWBMA. All I can say with this organization is that I'm impressed with their service and their staff namely Serena and Cindy cooperation are really appreciable. I got my Company Registration. I'm very much satisfied with their service and want to thanks the GWBMA team.

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06/30/2022
Saiful I.
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Excellent service!

Cindy was helpful from the start, she basically answered all the questions I had and was patient with literally anything I asked them to do. I would recommend anyone to Cindy and she got my business registered in China under 20 days from when the order was created. 5 stars from me!

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06/06/2022
Abhiya M.
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Thanks for help!

Cindy was helpful from the start, she is friendly and helpful. The team is good and active on my questions. After two months stuck at home, finally I got my WFOE license in Shanghai.