On November 13, 2013, the Shanghai Municipal Government issued the Tentative Measures on the Administration of Foreign Owned Medical Institutions in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone [Hu-Fu-Ban-Fa  No.63] (" Measures ").
According to the Measures, a foreign investor, who has engaged in
medical institution investment or management for 5 years or more, may,
upon the approval by the relevant local government authorities, set up a
wholly foreign owned medical institution (" Medical WOFE ") in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (" Shanghai FTZ "). Also, the Measures might open up an investment opportunity for foreign capital to enter the nursing home market in China.
The General Administration of Customs (" GAC ") issued Announcement  No. 58 (" Announcement ")
on October 30, 2013, announcing its decision to further reform the
customs clearance procedures for importation and exportation, whereby as
from November 1, 2013, an AA Category enterprise in China Customs' AEO
(Authorized Economic Operator) program, after filing application and
signing an MOU with the customs, may choose to file import/export
declarations and have the goods cleared at the local customs office of
the place where such enterprise is located rather than where the port of
entry or exit is located (" Privileged Model ").
customs authorities have recently stepped up price investigations
focusing on cross-border payments of intellectual property ("IP")
royalties or license fees. More and more multinational companies ("MNC")
have been chosen by the customs as principal audit/investigation
targets for their royalty arrangements between Chinese subsidiaries and
foreign parent companies or other associated parties. HaoLiWen customs
practice lawyers have been approached by some of MNCs to advise on
dutiability of such royalty payments and any risk exposure to customs
law violation or even smuggling.
State Council has approved establishment of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free
Trade Area ("SHFTA") and more flexible, efficient and open economic
administration will be carried out within SHFTA. In summary, two aspects
of breakthroughs are relevant to foreign direct investment in SHFTA.
August 22, 2013, MOFCOM announced that the State Council of China
approved the establishment of Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Area ("SHFTA")
to cover four customs supervision zones (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade
Zone, Waigaoqiao Bonded Logistics Park, Yangshan Bonded Port and
Shanghai Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone), with a total area of 28.78
square kilometers. It was reported that SHFTA will be formally
established by the end of September, 2013. Early in September, the NPC
will determine adjusting some administrative examination and approval
measures under some laws to be applied to SHFTA.
perceived as a very small piece in the whole picture of production and
distribution, product labeling is seldom taken seriously by
distributors. However, the consequences of improper label are
exceptionally severe in serious cases, including but not limited to:
design is playing an increasingly important role in commercial competition
nowadays. Other than product quality, it is the design of a product that draws
consumer's attention. A well designed product is more likely to impress
consumers with its fashion appearance.