Representative Office

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Representative office introduction

A representative office (RO) is an office of parent company, set up in China for business liaison activities on behalf of its parent company. According to State Administration of Industry and Commerce: [2010] No.4, PARENT COMPANY  must be established for more than 2 years.

Representative Office in China may only engage in non-profit making activities, it can execute the following functions:

Conduct research and survey for its parent enterprise in the local market.
Liaise with local and foreign contacts in China on behalf of the parent enterprise.
Conduct research and provide data or information to potential clients or trading partners.
Act as a coordinator for the parent enterprise's activities in China.
Make travel arrangements for parent enterprise representatives and potential Chinese clients.


ROs are not allowed to directly engage in operational activities, RO can't issue official invoices, nor receiving payments from clients.

Elite Stage can help you register the RO, also can assist to find the cheapest office building for registration.

Under no circumstances may a Representative Office do the following in China:
Directly engaged in any business for profit.
Sign contracts or deals on behalf of the parent enterprise.
Represent any firm other than its parent enterprise.
Collect money or issue invoice within China for services or products.
Buy property or import production equipment.