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Registration of WFOE in Qianhai Shenzhen (Free Trade Zone) in China



What is a WFOE? WFOE is wholly foreign-owned enterprise. It is a Chinese limited liability company, wholly owned by one or more foreign investors and established entirely with foreign capital.


Why Qianhai Shenzhen Free Trade Zone?


  • 1. Special Policy Environmental Advantage

The overall development plan of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone. The income that insurance companies registered in Shenzhen receive from providing international shipping insurance services to corporations registered in Qianhai is exempt from business tax.

  • 2. Strong Industrial Support Advantage

  • The city of Shenzhen, where Qianhai is based, is one of the most active regions in the Pearl River Delta and mainland China for economic development. Shenzhen's total aggregate economic output ranks in the first tier among cities nationwide. In fact, Shenzhen boasts the highest totals in the following categories among major Chinese cities: GDP per capita, foreign export volume, number of patent applications and number of patent ownerships per capita. Its robust industrial base provides a large number of business partners and enormous market opportunities for corporations that decide to invest in Qianhai. Among Fortune Global 500 corporations, 180 have set up offices in Shenzhen.

  • 3. Innovative Institutional and Support Mechanisms Advantages

  • Relying on the innovative spirit of Shenzhen, Qianhai will seek institutional and support innovation. It has already become one of the most open national industrial development zones with the most innovative support mechanisms, the most room to explore new policies, the most potential for industrial development and the most supportive policies.
    The Authority of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone (hereafter 'the Authority') is China's first statutory institution. It has municipal administrative authority with independent planning status to approve non-financial industrial projects. Based on the principle of 'full authorisation and close operation', the Authority provides one-stop service and creates a service management institution that is fair, transparent, efficient, clean and honest.
    The Qianhai Development and Construction Inter-ministerial Departmental Joint Meeting Mechanism falls under the commission of the State Council and was initiated by the National Development and Reform Commission, 24 ministries and commissions at the state level. The Guangdong Provincial Government, Shenzhen Municipal Government and Hong Kong SAR Government are all involved in this supporting state policy platform. This creates a strong momentum among state-level departments and local governments in advocating the development of Qianhai as well as establishing a national platform, led by the State Council, so that Qianhai can develop and open up.
    The Qianhai Cooperation Zone Advisory Committee (hereafter 'the Committee') is an important body that coordinates with the Qianhai Development and Construction Inter-ministerial Joint Meeting Mechanism. The Committee provides an important platform that offers advice regarding Qianhai's development. The Committee comprises well-known and influential figures from key industries from the mainland and Hong Kong. The Committee plays an important role in developing and opening up Qianhai.
    The income of corporations that provide offshore and outsourcing services is exempt from business tax.
    Modern logistics corporations that are registered in Qianhai and meet specific conditions can receive different business tax benefits.
    An evaluation standard for technically advanced service corporations is being improved. Corporations that have passed the evaluation can enjoy a corporate income tax rate of 15%. In addition, employee education and training expenses that do not exceed 8% of the corporation's total salary can be deducted pre-tax.

  • 4. Outstanding Overall Transportation Advantages

  • Situated at the major development axis of the Pearl River Delta region and the coastal functional expansion zone intersection, Qianhai is close to both airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The Shenzhen-Zhongshan cross-river corridor, the Shenzhen Western Port Area, the Shenzhen North Train Station and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Yanjiang Highway all go through Qianhai. Qianhai is within a one-hour commuting radius of the Pearl River Delta and is within a half-hour commuting radius of Hong Kong. Enjoying a significant strategic location in Guangdong Province, Qianhai can easily be reached by air, land or sea. It possesses outstanding overall transportation advantages.

  • 5. Geographical Advantage of Close Proximity to Hong Kong

  • Utilising the geographical advantage of close proximity to Hong Kong, Qianhai will play an important role in strengthening the partnership between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. By following international business practices that are already in place in Hong Kong, Qianhai will create a fair, transparent, efficient, clean and honest business environment. Hong Kong will play a unique role in opening up Qianhai. Within the partnership framework between Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, Qianhai will help industries from both Guangdong and Hong Kong to complement one another and foster an environment that is conductive to economic development and social harmony.

    Registration of WFOE in Qianhai Shenzhen Free Trade Zone


    Documents required for WFOE:

    • 1.Register a new or use existing Hong Kong Limited Company;
    • 2.Arrange Hong Kong limited company documents and Prepare director minute to approve the appointment of directors/Legal representative/general manager/supervisor of the Chinese Company and the authorized signers of the bank accounts in China and arrange apostilled by Chinese authority;
    • 3.Opening bank accounts for Hong Kong limited company in Hong Kong;
    • 4.Check the proposed names with Enterprise Registration Bureau and get approval of the use of the proposed company name (8 Days);
    • 5.Prepare a Feasibility Report in regarding to the business activities engaged in China for the proposed company;
    • 6.Prepare all constitutional documents of the proposed company;
    • 7.Submit all required documents to the Enterprise Registration Bureau;
    • 8.Apply tax licenses (local, state and VAT);
    • 9.Make all company legal chops;
    • 10.Open offshore bank accounts and open basic bank accounts in China(under the proposed company name);
    • 11.Buy VAT invoices from local tax authority and can start business and issues VAT invoices to customers;
    • 12.It will take around 35 days to complete the formation and registration of WFOE.
    • Tax Filings

      A WOFE is required to submit monthly/quarterly tax filings with monthly/quarterly financial statements to local tax authority. Because of this, we will help our clients to keep monthly/quarterly bookkeeping and accounting, and produce monthly/quarterly financial statements and file to local tax authority.

      A WOFE is also required to submit quarterly VAT report to local tax authority.

      A WOFE is also required to submit yearly tax filings with annual audited financial statements to State tax authority. Because of this, we will help our clients to arrange local auditor and issue annual audit report and financial statements and file to State tax authority.

      Our professionals are engaged in the process of the business licenses in Qianhai Shenzhen Free Trade Zone including:

      • General services businesses
      • Logistics business
      • Application software
      • New Energy
      • New Materials
      • Environmental products or services
      • Clothes designs
      • Decorative and interior designs
      • Advertising media
      • Games industry
      • Non Cash financing
      • Assets Managements
      • Interpretations
      • Wholesales of general products
      • Retails of general products (which need true place of business in China)

      For the incorporation fees

      Except special license which are required on quote basic the formation fee is: RMB25, 000 including all government fees and our services fees and do include:

      • 1.Prepare director minute to approve the appointment of directors/Legal representative/general manager/supervisor of the Chinese Company and the authorized signers of the banks accounts in China;
      • 2.Check the names in Enterprise Registration Bureau and get approval of the use of the proposed company name;
      • 3.Prepare a Feasibility Report in regarding to business activities engaged in China for the proposed company;
      • 4.Prepare all constitutional documents of the proposed company;
      • 5.Submit all documents to the Enterprise Registration Bureau ;
      • 5.Apply tax license (local, State and VAT); Make all company legal chops;
      • Open Overseas bank accounts in China and open basic bank accounts in China;
      • Collect all the licenses in China;
      • Provision of registered office address in Qianhai Shenzhen Free Trade Zone
      • The bank accounts opening fee is RMB 2,000(not including bank charges).

        Arrange all documents being certified by Chinese apostilled is RMB 5,000 – 7,000(varies depends on the volume of document apostilled)

        Business address in Shenzhen Free Trade Zone (additional if request from client to forward the mails to them) RMB3, 000 per year.

        For the Maintenance Fees

        Prepare Monthly/Quarterly Financial Statements and VAT Reports and submit to local Tax Authority RMB 2,500 (On average) (The exact fees depend upon the volume of transactions).

        Prepare Yearly Financial Statements and arrange Chinese Auditor to issue annual audit report and submit to State Tax Authority US$5,000 (On average) (The exact fees depend upon the volume of transactions).

        Other Fees

        Application of working permit

        Process time 2 Months

        Fees RMB10, 000 per person

        VAT Refund application (Only available for WFOE, not for representative office in China) US$5,000

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