In this article we present a list of commonly used terminology found within a Chinese business scope - a section of the Mainland China business license.
These business scope terms are information typically included in our China company verification reports.
We will continue to contribute to this glossary as we encounter new standard Chinese terms used on Mainland China company business licenses.
Chinese Business Scope Terms
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Chinese TerminologyEnglish Translation化工原料（不含化学危险品及易制毒品）Chemical raw material (excluding hazardous chemicals and precursor chemicals)经营对销贸易和转口贸易Counter trade and entrepot trade兴办实业（具体项目另行申报）Engage in industrial projects (specific items to be declared separately)不含出口配额许可证管理商品Excluding goods administrated by the export quota license国家限定经营或禁止进出口的商品及技术除外Excluding goods or technologies whose import or export is banned or restricted by the State法律、行政法规、国务院决定禁止的项目除外，限制的项目须取得许可后方可经营Excluding items prohibited by law and administrative regulations; items restricted by law and administrative regulations can be engaged in after obtaining permissions国家法律、行政法规规定禁止经营的除外；涉及专项审批项目，未经批准不的生产经营Excluding items prohibited by laws and regulations; for the above items subject to approval, relevant approval must be obtained prior to operation法律、行政法规、国务院决定规定在登记前须经批准的项目除外Excluding items requiring approval prior to registration by law, administrative regulations and the State Council不含限制项目Excluding items restricted by the State不含法律、行政法规、国务院规定禁止及决定需前置审批的项目Excluding items prohibited or requiring pre-approval by the laws, administrative regulations, or the State Council许可审批类商品除外Excluding items subject to administrative permit or approval不含专营、专控、专卖商品Excluding State controlled or franchised items; excluding the items subject to state franchise or control涉及配额许可证管理、专项规定管理的商品按照国家有关规定办理For items subject to administration of quota or special provision management, relevant approval must be obtained prior to operation涉及许可经营的凭许可证经营For the above items subject to administrative approval of licensing, relevant approval or permit must be obtained prior to operation以上范围需经许可经营的，须凭许可证经营For the above items subject to licensing or permit, relevant approval must be obtained prior to operation以上经营范围涉及行业许可的凭许可证件，在有效期限内经营，国家有专项专营规定的按规定办理For the above items subject to the administrative approval of licencing, relevant approval or licences within the period of validity must be obtained prior to operation依法须经批准的项目,经相关部门批准后方 可开展经营活动For the above items subject to the administrative approval of licensing, relevant approval or licenses within the period of validity must be obtained prior to operation一般经营项目:General items of business:危险化学品按许可证经营Hazardous chemicals should be operated in accordance with relevant operation permit进出口业务（限备案后经营）Import and export (registration with relevant registry bureau is required prior to operation)企业依法自主选择经营项目，开展经营活动；依法须经批准的项目，经相关部门批准后依批准的内容开展经营活动；不得从事本市产业政策禁止和限制类项目的经营活动Items can be chosen freely prior to operation according to the law; For items subject to the administrative approval of licensing, relevant approval or licenses must be obtained prior to operation; Excluding items prohibited or restricted by the city’s industrial policies.许可经营项目:Licenced items of business:机械设备及配件（不得在此住所加工）Mechanical equipment and parts (not allowed to be processed at this premise)限分支机构经营Operated only by branch office(s)凭国家相关资质开展经营Operation conducted according to relevant national qualifications销售金属制品（稀贵金属除外）Sell metal products (excluding precious metal)以上经营项目国家有专项规定的除外；涉及许可证资质证，凭有效证件经营The above items exclude special projects stated by nation; for other items subject to the administrative approval of licensing, relevant approval or licences within the period of validity must be obtained prior to operation货物及技术进出口（国家法律法规禁止的除外）The import and export of goods and technology (excluding goods or technology whose import or export are restricted or banned by the State)生产场地须经消防主管部门安全检查合格后方可使用The production site can only be used after obtaining the security qualification inspected by the fire department自营和代理各类商品及技术的进出口业务，但国家限定企业经营或禁止进出口的商品及技术除外Engage in, and act as, an agent for import and export of all kinds of goods and technology, excluding goods or technology whose import or export is banned or restricted by the State
Hong Kong Companies – No Business Scope
It is to be noted that there is no requirement for Hong Kong registered companies to defined their business scope.
Taiwan – Standardized Business Scope Codes
In Taiwan companies are required to have a business scope, but rather than being text agreed to with the authorities, codes are assigned to specify the activities the company can engage in.
For example Taiwanese companies with code F108040 can engage in the wholesale cosmetics industry.
If you need to identify a Taiwanese company’s business scope, check out our Taiwan Company Verification report service.
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