The decision to set up a local office in Taiwan will depend on your market entry and maintenance strategy. Setting up a local office in Taiwan requires approval and presentation of documentation to support applications.

Generally, there are four main steps in the approval process. You must apply to:

  1. the government body controlling the related business sector
  2. the Civil Services of DOC, MOEA for reservation of Chinese business name – Tel: (+886 02) 2396 7333 or (+886 2) 2321 2200 #368. Dept. of Commerce, MOEA
  3. local government authority for a business operating license
  4. the Bureau of Foreign Trade for registration as licensed exporter – Tel: (02) 2351 0271. Board of Foreign Trade. E-mail:[email protected]

The following documents must be provided:

  • document certifying the identity and residence of the representative
  • Power of Attorney, if the application will be filed by a lawyer or a CPA
  • duplicate or photocopies of the documents certifying the establishment of the foreign company in its own country
  • Power of Attorney appointing the representative in Taiwan
  • Three copies of the registration card

The following procedures must be followed:

  • all applications to appoint a representative to do legal acts in Taiwan must be filed according to Article 386 of the Company Law
  • all applications should be filed by a board member of the shareholder of the head office actually in charge of management or by its representative in Taiwan or by a proxy of any of the above.
  • Chinese translations must be certified in Taiwan.
  • the foreign company’s certificate should be authenticated by its own responsible government agencies

The foregoing documents should be authenticated by the appropriate representative of Taiwan in the country where the company is located.

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