7 Aug 2014
Online CBA: What Should Be Considered When Planning to Sell Computer Software in China?
Q: What Should Be Considered When Planning to Sell Computer Software in China?
A: According to the Administrative Measures for Software Products, the operation and management of software products (including domestically developed and imported software) are subject to a registration and record-filing system. In other words, any unregistered software products or products whose registration has been revoked may not be marketed or sold in China. These are compulsory measures but not applicable to software which is developed by an entity or individual for own use, nor is it applicable to specific, individualised software developed by entrusted parties.
According to the Administrative Measures for Software Products, the term “software product” refers to the computer software, or software embedded in the information system or equipment, or accompanying computer software being utilised when technical services such as computer information system integration or application service are offered. “Imported software” refers to software products developed outside of China, but are produced or under business operation in various forms within China.
All applications for registration must first be submitted by the software import entity and be accepted and initially examined by the local software industry association. After further examination and approval is completed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), a registration number and product registration certificate will be issued and the MIIT will publish a public notice to announce the software application and file the record.
For further details on the import of software, please refer to New registration system for imported software.
(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.)