Secure the proper business licenses and permits for your company’s sector in China. Our team of experts will help you determine and apply for special licensing with the appropriate authorities to ensure you operate legally.
A business license is the operating permit of a limited liability company in China. It is comparable to a corporation certificate or company certificate issued by the company registry in most countries.
A China business license is often also referred to as a 3-in-1-license or 5-in-1-license, which refer to one and the same thing.
The business license includes a business scope, which is one of the most important elements of a company’s business license, as it determines what business activities the company may engage in. The business scope is subject to approval by the relevant local or municipal authorities, including the Authority for Market Regulation (AMR) and, for some industries, the Commission of Commerce (COC). A company may only operate according to its business scope, while violations can be severely punished.
As China applies a negative list, not all activities are permitted for foreign investors. So-called foreign investment restricted industries include aviation, education, natural resources, automotive, law, and several other industries that are vital to China.
Some activities may be approved in the business scope, but still require obtaining special licenses, after the business license is issued.
Some specialised sectors in China require special licensing and certifications before your business can operate. Depending on your type of business, you will need more than one license in these categories:
Any trading company that wishes to import or export goods shall obtain a foreign trade recordation at China Customs. Special products may require additional licenses.
Companies importing or selling pharmaceutical products (36-72 months), cosmetics (3-6 months) or medical devices (6-12 months) must obtain special product licenses.
Companies engaging in construction activities can apply for various grades of construction licenses according to a range of categories. You simply need to explain your business activities to us and we will advise on the required licensing.
Any website in China is required to apply for an Internet Content Provider (ICP) simple registration prior to operation their website to be accessing a China content delivery network (CDN). This license is relatively easy to obtain. E-commerce businesses in China that are operating a third-party services platform are required to secure an ICP license.
Software as a Service (SaaS) companies usually require another type of VATS license, such as an EDI license before they may operation their application / APP or website. This is usually mandatory for launching a China-based website that generates profit or stores information or data generating a profit.
Companies operating in the food industry will need to secure one or more of these licenses: hygiene license, food operations license, food production license, and/or alcohol license.
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necessary licenses and permits you need to start operating in China.
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