4-4 Individually-Owned Businesses
Hong Kong permanent residents with Chinese citizenship may set up individually-owned retail stores (excluding franchising operations) in the mainland with a business area of less than 300 sqm and no prior approval from the department in charge of foreign investment is required. They may directly register with the industry and commerce administration in the same manner as ordinary mainland citizens.
Mainland industrial and commercial registration authorities normally have special counters and "green channels" for Hong Kong and Macau residents applying for registration of individually-owned businesses. These special counters offer one-stop services in handling and approving applications whereby successful applicants may have their registration completed on the spot.
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