A China representative office, or rep office for short, is a local presence in China for a foreign company.
A rep office exists to allow a foreign parent company conduct business meetings, perform quality control, promotion of products or services, and market research.
It is a cost centre, which is funded by the foreign investor (the parent company), and acts as their foreign arm allowing them to perform activities within China which might benefit their overall business.
A rep office, due to not being a legal entity which is allowed to trade within China, is fairly straightforward and fast to set up. Hongda will usually have a rep office registered and ready to run within around 2 weeks.
Hongda's China business experts will assist you to open your rep office rapidly and in full compliance with local law in Guangdong province (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and other major cities), or Shanghai.
As long as your overseas company has been in operation for more than 2 years, you will be able to open a China rep office.
Hongda set up your representative office for you, giving you peace of mind and more time to focus on your business.
Foreign companies may have many dealings with China or Chinese suppliers.
In the case of a company which, for whatever reason, does not need to do business directly in China, a representative office will be beneficial. In this case Hongda assist you by setting up a Guangdong, Shanghai, or Shenzhen rep office for your business.
For instance, if an American company needs to meet with Chinese suppliers in Shenzhen, a representative needs to fly in and conduct this meeting or vice versa. If this is a very common occurrence a rep office will be helpful, as a company representative from the American company can be based in Shenzhen to conduct meetings at any time and it will also a give a physical location for local business contacts to visit which would enhance your company's professionalism.
Furthermore, a rep office will offer:
A rep office is merely a base of operations on China for a foreign company, and as such may not:
If your business needs within China include any of the above, then Hongda Business Services can help you by opening a WFOE or joint venture company instead.
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Remember: A rep office CAN help you build your brand in China or deal more effectively with local contacts, but can’t do business for profit
Don't put yourself through the complexity and trouble of setting up your own rep office in China. Our experts will do it for you, saving you time, hassle, and worry that the process is done efficiently and complies with Chinese law.
Hongda offer a functioning and compliant Rep office set up for you in just over 2 weeks. Typically, we suggest that our clients who are opening rep offices choose the following services:
We can only set up your rep office if you prefer, however we suggest that additional assistance to deal with FESCO to smoothly hire staff, and a one year bookkeeping contract* to assure that your company is financially compliant are the optimal ways to set up and run a new rep office.
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