Representative Office Representative office in China

A foreign company can make use of a representative office to carry out certain operations in China. Although the permitted business scope of this type of office is limited, opting for this separate legal entity can offer a low-cost and simple solution for operating in China.

Why create a representative office in China?

A representative office cannot engage in commercial, profit-making activities. It is generally used to carry out marketing and research with the aim of better understanding the Chinese market and determining the viability of a specific project in this market.
Opting for a representative office in the Chinese market offers certain advantages:

  • Low set-up cost: no minimum capital required;
  • Low taxation;
  • No invoicing Chinese clients, so no administration costs;

Steps required in the creation of a representative office in China

  • Study the market of another country while also promoting the foreign company.
  • Create a contact network, collect information and develop advertising.
  • Rent commercial premises and accommodation.
  • Due to its limited operational scope, the average duration of a liaison office is two years.

Conditions and restrictions in creating a representative office

  • A Chief Representative responsible for operations must be assigned by the parent company.
  • On a monthly or quarterly basis, the representative office is subject to the taxation of 10% on its spending.
  • Representation offices can only be located in “Category A” or government-mandated buildings.

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