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Which authority is competent for the approval and filing procedure of foreign investments?

MOFCOM is in charge of approval for restricted foreign investment and record-filing of permitted and encouraged foreign investment.

SAMR is in charge of corporate registration after approval or record-filing by MOFCOM has been completed.

With the new record-filing procedure for foreign investments in encouraged or permitted sectors implemented on October 1, 2016, the incorporation process of an FIE has been considerably accelerated. The previous approval process by MOFCOM was simplified into the record-filing process for encouraged and permitted foreign investment. However, MOFCOM’s approval is still required for foreign investments in the sectors on the Negative List.

Besides, foreign investments in certain industries which are related to the national economy or security may be subject to approval by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) or National Security Review. Foreign investment in certain specific industries may be subject to approval by specific ministries or administrations, such as architecture and construction, publication, telecommunication, etc. For FIEs in manufacturing sector, an Environment Impact Assessment Report shall be submitted to and approved by the Environmental Protection Bureau upon the issuance of business license.

What is the role of MOFCOM?

MOFCOM will verify whether the foreign investment is in compliance with regulations, and especially with the Foreign Investment Catalogue.

How long does it take to get approval or complete filing with MOFCOM?

MOFCOM will issue its decision approximately within 10 days upon application, with a possible extension depending on the complexity of the investment project.

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