16 May 2018
Enquiry: How should a non-mainland resident apply to establish an individually-owned business in China?
Under the terms of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), permanent residents of Hong Kong or Macau may establish individually-owned businesses on the mainland without having to seek prior foreign investment approval, unless said business forms part of a wider franchise. This entitlement applies to all the country’s provinces, autonomous regions and those municipalities directly under the auspices of the Central Government.
In line with this, any such business can be directly registered with the industry and commerce administration departments responsible for overall market supervision and management, assuming any such registration complies with the prevailing legal requirements. In the case of Hong Kong or Macau permanent residents, they are required to submit personal identification documents (such as ID cards or Home Visit Permits) and any other materials that may be specified by the registration department concerned.
For further details, please contact the relevant, local registration department.