Freihandelszone Shanghai: Die neue Negativliste 2014 ist da

von Ulrike Glück

In der Freihandelszone Shanghai ist es für ausländische Unternehmen einfacher, Tochtergesellschaften zu gründen. Normalerweise muss die Gründung genehmigt und registriert werden. In der Freihandelszone fällt der Genehmigungsschritt weg, es sei denn das Projekt fällt in eine Negativliste. Nach langer Beratungszeit hat die Shanghaier Regierung nun die neue Version der Negativliste veröffentlicht. Wir stellen die wichtigsten Änderungen der „2014 Negative List“ vor (Beitrag auf Englisch).

For those industries which do not fall into the scope of the negative list, foreign investors can enjoy the same national treatments as domestic investors in terms of market entry in the FTZ. Accordingly, foreign investments can be registered directly with the competent Administration for Industry and Commerce without prior approval needed.

On 30 September 2013, the Shanghai People’s Government issued the 2013 version of the negative list (“2013 Negative List”). The 2013 Negative List mainly followed the 2011 version of the Foreign Investment Industry Guideline Catalogue and was in some areas even more comprehensive because a couple of new restrictive and prohibited measures were included.

After nine months of consideration, on 30 June 2014 the Shanghai People’s Government released the 2014 version of the negative list (“2014 Negative List”).

The 2014 Negative List reduces the number of industry items restricted for foreign investment by approximately 1/3 from the previous total of 190 to 139. Out of the 51 items reduced, 23 items are merged into other items and, therefore, are not really cancelled. 14 items are cancelled because they are prohibited anyway for both domestic and foreign investment and, therefore, according to general practice do not need to be reiterated in the negative list.

The remaining items reduced are real cancellations and refer to areas opened up to foreign investment in the FTZ ...

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