Investors who want to enter the publishing business can provide a number of services, including books or non-books such as CDs and online websites or they can enter the newspapers and magazines business.
The city has good policies that guarantee freedom of expression. The publishing business is composed both of regional newspapers and magazines but also international publishers. The ongoing trend is similar to the rest of the world and it is relying heavily on digitisation and electronic books.
Entrepreneurs who want to open a publishing company in Hong Kong will need to incorporate a business structure and then obtain the necessary permits for functioning.
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The Hong Kong publishing industry
Hong Kong’s publishing industry is well developed and the city is a regional printing and publishing centre. Because of its position in Asia, Hong Kong is a location for international media organizations and book publishers who can manage their production and distribution from here.
Printing exports from Hong Kong mainly target countries like the United States or the United Kingdom, but also Mainland China, Japan, and Australia. Because of its proximity to China, the city is also an important centre for publications in the Chinese language.
How to open a publishing company in Hong Kong
Publishers will need to start by setting up a company in Hong Kong in the form of a privatelimited liability company or public limited liability company (suitable for larger businesses). Alternatively, publishers can open a partnership if they share the same business goals and are willing to also share liability.
The new company will need to have a unique name and be registered with the Companies Registry. Those entrepreneurs who want to open a news website will need to register a domain name in Hong Kong. In both cases, publishers or magazine owners are advised to register their trademarks.
Depending on the sub-sector in which they choose to activate, publishers will need additional special permits and licenses, especially for broadcasting.
Our company registration representatives in Hong Kong can help you throughout the company set-up process and provide you with advice regarding company management and tax compliance in the city.
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