Legal Authority


  1. Legal documents for China's accession to WTO
  2. PRC Foreign Trade Law
  3. Inbound Foreign Investment to China Guide of Industry Category for Foreign Investment
  4. Special Administrative Measures on Access to Foreign Investment (Negative List) (2018 Version)





Inbound Foreign Investment to China


The Guide of Industry Category for Foreign Investment issued by the State Council divides foreign investment projects into 4 categories: 

  • Encouraged category; Restricted category; Prohibited category; Permitted category.
  • Investment projects under the permitted category are not specifically listed. Investment projects other than as listed as encouraged, restricted and prohibited categories, will fall under the permitted category.



Special Administrative Measures on Access to Foreign Investment (Negative List)


On 28th June 2018, China unveiled a shortened negative list for foreign investment, with the number of items down to 48 from 63 in the previous version. Jointly released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce, the new Negative List will become effective on July 28, 2018.




Trade in goods: [Foreign Trade Law details]

  1. Legal regulations and rules
  2. Prohibited category
  3. Restricted category
  4. Freely traded category
  5. Electrical and electronic products
  6. Products subject to tariff quota
  7. Products subject to designated trading
  8. State trading goods
  9. Commodity inspections & quarantine
  10. China Compulsory Certification
  11. Quarantine on animals and plants
  12. Import & export licensing for specific goods
  13. Registration of foreign traders
  14. Foreign exchange verifications
  15. Customs protection of IP rights
  16. Customs supervisions

Trade in services:

  1. Wholesale and retail distribution sectors
    • Legal rules
    • Wholesale and retail business opportunity in China
  2. Other sectors
  3. Trade related IP