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LICENSES
IN CHINA




For companies seeking to operate and expand in China, as in any other jurisdiction, it is first necessary to obtain government approval for certain activities before they can begin it. All processes, from the sale of products to the production of goods, require compulsory licensing, which is a necessary step for the legitimate conduct of commercial operations in China.

Although obtaining licenses in China is considered a rather complicated and confusing process, our specialists will make every effort to facilitate this process for you.

We have extensive experience in the field of basic licenses and are ready to help you get the license you need for your company in a short time.
Export-Import License
ICP License
Other
The most common license in China is export-import.
A trading company in China must have an export-import license.
The export-import license is needed for enterprises to carry out import and export activities.
· Business License (营业执照)
· General seal (公章), financial seal (财务章), personal seal (私章)
· Identity document
· Certificate of account opening (开户许可证)
· Contact details
Documents required to register the license:
· Preparation of a set of documents
· Submission of an application to the Office of Commerce for the registration of a foreign trade participant
· Changing the scope of the company
in the Office of Industrial and Commercial Administration
· Changing the scope of the company in the federal and local tax offices
· Registration at the customs office
· Filing an application in the Chinese electronic customs system to receive
· Filing an application with the Office of Foreign Exchange Regulation for permission to open a foreign currency account

Steps of obtaining the license:

Documents that you will receive after obtaining the license:

Registration card of a foreign trade participant
1
Certificate of registration with the customs office
2
Customs declaration
3
Materials for entering the electronic customs system (海关电子口岸)
4
Certificate of self-examination of cargo at customs (自理报检备案登记证明书)
5
Export Import License (进出口权)
6
Registration card of a foreign trade participant
1
Certificate of registration with the customs office
2
Customs declaration
3
Materials for entering the electronic customs system (海关电子口岸)
4
Certificate of self-examination of cargo at customs (自理报检备案登记证明书)
5
Export Import License (进出口权)
6
· Business License (营业执照)
· Company Charter (公司章程)
· Legal Representative Identity Document
· Internet access protocol (i.e. hosting contract)
· Domain Name Registration Certificate (page screenshot)
· The domain name on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Informatization
· A copy of the lease, a certificate of ownership of the property or a rental certificate.
Documents required to register the license:
· Hosting purchase
· Domain name registration
· Applying for ICP and the whole set of documents to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
· After approval of the application, the Ministry notifies the hosting of your site, and that in turn unlocks your site
Steps of obtaining the license:

Commercial ICP

Allows you to own an e-commerce site. Therefore, if you intend to earn income through online sales, advertising or conducting business that involves payment through your platform, you will need a commercial ICP license.


For a commercial ICP can apply:
  • Chinese Business Licensed Enterprises

  • Joint ventures in which the share of Chinese business is at least 51% (in practice it is rarely issued to this type of company)

Standard ICP

Required for non-profit websites (informational), with this license your site will be available in mainland China, however it does not allow you to sell directly via the Internet.
For a standard ICP can apply:
  • Chinese Business Licensed Enterprises May Apply for ICP Business (企业备案)

  • Partially or completely foreign enterprises with any (for example, Joint Venture or WFOE) can apply for ICP Business

  • Chinese citizens using their ID can apply for an individual ICP (个人备案)

  • Foreigners using their passport as an identity card, who may be physically located in China in order to fulfill some basic registration requirements, may apply for an individual ICP

Types of ICP Licenses:

Standard ICP
Required for non-profit websites (informational), with this license your site will be available in mainland China, however it does not allow you to sell directly via the Internet.
For a standard ICP can apply:
  • Chinese Business Licensed Enterprises May Apply for ICP Business (企业备案)

  • Partially or completely foreign enterprises with any (for example, Joint Venture or WFOE) can apply for ICP Business

  • Chinese citizens using their ID can apply for an individual ICP (个人备案)

  • Foreigners using their passport as an identity card, who may be physically located in China in order to fulfill some basic registration requirements, may apply for an individual ICP
Types of ICP Licenses:
Commercial ICP
Allows you to own an e-commerce site. Therefore, if you intend to earn income through online sales, advertising or conducting business that involves payment through your platform, you will need a commercial ICP license.


For a commercial ICP can apply:
  • Chinese Business Licensed Enterprises

  • Joint ventures in which the share of Chinese business is at least 51% (in practice it is rarely issued to this type of company)
You can check the full list of licenses in Google documents:
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