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Online CBA: Are There Any Suggestions for a Hong Kong Resident Planning to Open a Retail Shop with Minimal Requirements on the Mainland?

Q: Are there any suggestions for a Hong Kong resident planning to open a retail shop with minimal requirements on the mainland?

A: The simplest way to do retailing on the mainland is to operate an individually-owned business. According to the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) signed between the mainland and Hong Kong, Hong Kong residents are allowed to set up individually-owned retail stores on the mainland. Steps have to be taken on both sides of the border when setting up individually-owned businesses on the mainland.

1. Hong Kong side:

An applicant needs to go to the office of any member of the China-Appointed Attesting Officers Association Ltd (http://www.caao.org.hk/eng/) in Hong Kong for notarisation of his or her HKID or Home Visit Permit and obtain a notarial certificate.

2. Mainland side:

(1)  An applicant needs to go to the administration for industry and commerce at the place where his or her shop is located for shop name verification and registration; and

(2)  Submit to the administration for industry and commerce the following documents:

- Application Form for Establishment and Registration of Individually-Owned Business signed by the applicant;

- Proof of identity and notarial certificate of the applicant;

- Proof of business premises;

- Other documents required by state laws and regulations to be submitted as well as approval documents for business required by state laws and administrative regulations to be examined and approved by the departments concerned.

(The HKTDC provides one-on-one China Business Advisory Service free of charge to assist companies in resolving problems encountered when doing business in China. For enquiries and appointments, please call (852) 1830 668 or register online.)

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