Company Formation

    China RO

    Representative Office


A representative office is an office established by a company to perform marketing, quality control and other non-transactional operations in China which is generally easier to establish than a branch or subsidiary, as they are not used for actual "business" (e.g. sales) and therefore there is less incentive for them to be regulated.

Pros and Cons


  •  No share capital is required;
  •  Setup in less procedure;
  •  Can exchange foreign currency into RMB;
  •  Can hire local staff via government admitted agents;
  •  Simple company and financial structure.


  •  Not business entity;
  •  Tax rate is high;
  •  No invoicing;
  •  Must be investment in company;
  •  Mother company needs to be at least 2 years old.
RO Do & Don't
  1. Activities related to research and survey in the China market;
  2. Liaise with business contacts in China;
  3. Being a coordinator for the parent company's representatives and clients;
  4. Make agreements such as travelling for parent company's representatives and clients;
  5. Allow to hire local employees via HR agency in China.
  1. Conduct business operation in China;
  2. Sign contracts on behalf of parent company;
  3. Receive payments from clients or invoicing in China for any services and products;
  4. Purchase of any properties, equipments and etc. for business operation;
  5. Hire local labors directly.



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