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Enquiry: What are the required procedures for naming a new China-based business?

相片:查詢:如何設定企業名稱?
相片:查詢:如何設定企業名稱?
Prior to establishing a business on the Chinese mainland, investors must first choose an appropriate company name. As an initial step, they should log on to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) website – www.saic.gov.cn/fw/bsdt/ztbs/qydj/mcdj/mcyxhz or qyj.saic.gov.cn. Here they can secure prior approval for their proposed name and complete the necessary registration and record-filing procedures. Only when this process has been completed are they assured of their right to use their proposed name and allowed to formally register their business.

When naming a company, a number of official stipulations need to be observed, including:

  • The composition of the name of any company must comply with the following sequence:  administrative division, trade name, industry, type of company
  • The words China, Chinese, All-China, National and International may not be used to prefix any company name, with the exception of those enterprises established in line with direct authorisation from the State Council
  • Should the words China, Chinese, All-China, National, International or any similar term be used as a component of any company’s name, they must solely serve as a qualifier with regard to the sector the business is proposing to be active within
  • Wholly-foreign-owned enterprises or foreign-invested enterprises controlled by investors using the trade name of a business they have adopted in an overseas territory can apply to use the word China as a component of their name
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