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How to set up a WFOE in Shanghai FTZ

Shanghai FTZ Company Formation Service 

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Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), also known as Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE), is a limited liability company, the establishment of which is governed both by the Company Law of PRC and Law of the PRC on Enterprises Operating Exclusively with Foreign Capital.

Procedures of company set up in Shanghai free trade zone
1.Step one: Application for approval of intended investment activities (project proposal) The examination and approval authority shall reply within 20 days on receipt of the proposal.

2. Step two: Application for intended name to be used by the WFOE with the Shanghai Administrative Bureau for industry and Commerce

3. Step three: Application for the approval of feasibility study, constitution (memorandum and articles of association)

A feasibility study will be prepared covering financing, site selection, technological process, equipments, raw material supply, market survey, economic results, foreign exchange, infrastructure facilities, etc.

Articles of Association should be prepared and submitted to the examination and approval authority. The examination and approval authority shall reply within 30 days on receipt of the feasibility study report and articles of association.

After the feasibility study report and articles of association have been approved, the applicant shall apply to the examination and approval authority, which shall issue the Approval Certificate within 3 days after receiving the application.

4. Step four: Registration with the Administration for Industry and Commerce.
The company may then register with Shanghai Administrative Bureau for Industry and Commerce within 30 days after receiving the Approval Certificate and apply for the business license. Shanghai Administrative Bureau for Industry and Commerce shall issue the business license within 10 working days to those projects approved by the examination and approval authority of Shanghai. The enterprise is deemed as established on the date when the business license is issued.

The foreign enterprise may engage an agent authorized by Shanghai Municipal Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Committee to handle its application on its behalf.

Time Required to set up WFOE in Shanghai
It normally takes less than 30 days from receiving instructions and full particulars and necessary documents form the applicant to issue the Approval Certificate. Thereafter, the Post-establishment Registration procedures take less than 30 days.

For further information on the requirements, procedures, time frames and costs for the registration of various types of wholly foreign owned enterprises, such as service company, manufacturing company and software developments company in Shanghai, , you are welcome to contact Tannet anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website or , or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-21-68877368 or emailing to


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