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-- Obtaining Trading, Franchise and Distribution rights in China
Before 11th December 2004, Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs), i.e. enterprises established by foreign investors in China (including wholly foreign-owned enterprises [WFOEs] or joint ventures [JV]) were only permitted to import raw materials and semi-manufactures for their own use and to export self-manufactured products directly. In this sense, FIEs generally were not permitted to trade in other products, including products manufactured by their parents and affiliates, causing inefficiencies by compelling the use of oligopolistic trading intermediaries.
But on 16th April 2004, the new Measures for Foreign Investment in Commerce (MFIC) was promulgated by Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM). According to the Measures, Foreign-invested commercial enterprises (FICEs, one type of FIE) can distribute imported and locally manufactured products through their own wholesale, retail and franchise systems and to provide a host of related services, including storage, warehousing and garage services, inventory management, repairs, maintenance, training and delivery after December11, 2004. It's considerable progress in the implementation of China's WTO commitment to allow foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) to exercise trading and distribution rights.
Overall, Foreign companies now may choose one of two ways to acquire trading and distribution rights. They can set up a new, standalone foreign-invested commercial enterprises (FICE) or apply to expand the business scope of an existing FIE. Existing manufacturing FIEs, free-trade zone trading FIEs, investment companies, and regional headquarters FIEs may all apply to expand their business scopes.
Following are the updated policy of trading and distribution rights:
|Trading Rights||Opening Time||From 1st July 2004, FIEs can obtain Import/Export license|
|Business Scope||Import/Export product or technology|
|National treatment||Have the national treatment on "Internal sale"; "Offering for sale"; "Purchase"; "Transportation"; "Distribution"; "Using" or "Directly access to end-users"|
|Investment Capital||Minimum 1 million RMB (around 140,000USD$)|
|Distribution Rights||Opening Time||From 11th Dec, 2004 all the restriction removed|
|Business Scope||Wholesale, Retail and Franchise Businesses|
|Still under restriction||Books, newspapers, journals, pharmaceuticals, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, mulching films, processed and crude oil, motor vehicles, grain, vegetable oil, sugar and cotton|
|Investment Capital||Minimum 500,000 RMB (approx. 70,000USD$) for the wholesale; Minimum 300,000 RMB (around 45,000USD$) for the retail|
A foreign invested commercial enterprise means a foreign invested enterprise, which engages in following areas:
PathToChina.com business registration department was invited to a meeting summoned by the government. The meeting has summarized developments on establishing commercial enterprises under Measures for the Administration of Foreign Investment in the PRC Commercial Sector. The statistics shows that over 600 applications for establishing FICE in Shanghai got approved between January 2006 and July 2006, Compare to last year, it's total 600 FICEs have been approved in whole year. The FICE applications really increased a lot in this year. Special for some famous international brand, like ZARA a famous fashion brand from Spain, Her turnover reaches 3,500,000RMB during the Chinese golden week (1st of May to 7th of May) and now GAP from USA, H&M from Sweden and C&A from German all get approved to establish FICE in Shanghai.
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